Formulation and Production of Biological Agent Spectroscopic Simulant Particles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,974.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911SR-10-C-0083
Award Id:
94900
Agency Tracking Number:
A10A-017-0214
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10T017
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073800062
Principal Investigator:
JohnLennhoff
Manager, Materials Technology Group
(978) 689-0003
lennhoff@psicorp.com
Business Contact:
B.David Green
President and CEO
(978) 689-0003
green@psicorp.com
Research Institute:
University of South Florida
Diego Vazquez
3650 Spectrum Blvd., Suite 160
Tampa, FL, 33612
(813) 974-2897

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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