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Covert Optically-Reporting Threat-Functionalized Nanomaterials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA1-15-C-0021
Agency Tracking Number: T2-0218
Amount: $999,376.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA122-003
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-12-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-01-04
Small Business Information
15985 NW Schendel Avenue Suite 200
Beaverton, OR 97006
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ngoc Nguyen
 Senior Scientist
 (971) 223-5646
Business Contact
 George Williams
Title: TPOC
Phone: (971) 223-5646
Research Institution

To address the limitations of diagnostic equipment for chemical and biological warfare agent threats, Voxtel proposes to further develop low-cost, rapid biological-threat-reporting optical nanomaterials for a tag-track-and-locate system to consistsing of five components: 1) nanocrystal nanobeacons, a series of covert threat-functionalized optical identifiers with near-infrared through short-wave infrared spectral signatures functionalized to report their optical signatures only when exposed to specific threats; 2) delivery system, enabling tagging of the person, vehicle, material, or area of interest; 3) concentration system, enhancing the threat signal using sol-gel or mechanical tools; 4) optical interrogation source, including passive solar, UV solar blind lasers, and NIR lasers or flashlights; and 5) nanobeacon read system, providing filters to demonstrate different signals for different threats with standard night-vision goggle systems. Voxtels multi-spectral imaging technology will demonstrate an integrated, simultaneous view of different threats reported by different nanobeacons in the same assay. The technology will dramatically reduce time and costs associated with chemical biological warfare agent threat detection. This technology enables U.S. Forces and anti-terror agencies worldwide to use their currently fielded stationary and unmanned systems to respond to chemical and biological warfare agent threats in the low-cost, rapid, efficient, and effective manner demanded by peacekeeping missions.

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