Formulation and Production of Biological Agent Spectroscopic Simulant Particles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-10-C-0083
Agency Tracking Number: A10A-017-0214
Amount: $99,974.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10A-T017
Solicitation Number: 2010.A
Small Business Information
Physical Sciences Inc.
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Lennhoff
 Manager, Materials Technology Group
 (978) 689-0003
 lennhoff@psicorp.com
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Email: green@psicorp.com
Research Institution
 University of South Florida
 Diego Vazquez
 3650 Spectrum Blvd., Suite 160
Tampa, FL, 33612
 (813) 974-2897
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Physical Sciences, Inc. (PSI) proposes to demonstrate environmentally benign, low cost biological agent simulant particles that mimic the infrared, scatter, fluorescence and atomic absorption spectra of bacillus subtilis (BG), Erwinia herbicola (EH), and the MS2 Bacteriophage (MS2). These stimulant particles will be composed of materials that are commonly available foods or nutritional supplements. Spray drying will be used to mass produce the desired particle size and size distribution to match the agent size and its Mie scattering properties. An aerosol of BG simulant particles will be characterized using Infrared spectroscopy at PSI and using UV Laser Induced Fluorescence at the University of South Florida in the Laser Remote Sensing lab of Prof. Dennis Killinger. We will perform engineering design scale-up calculations to demonstrate a path to multi-Kg production quantities expected during a Phase II program.

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