Production of Chemical Reagents for Prompt-Agent-Defeat Weapons

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA1-15-P-0045
Agency Tracking Number: T14B-001-0031
Amount: $149,984.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA14B-001
Solicitation Number: 2014.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-04-15
Small Business Information
85 Westbrook Road, Centerbrook, CT, 06409
DUNS: 805389413
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Anderson
 (860) 581-8477
 stephen.anderson@nalasengineering.com
Business Contact
 Shilpa Amato
Phone: (860) 581-8477
Email: shilpa.amato@nalasengineering.com
Research Institution
 Johns Hopkins University
 Alison Wampler
 3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD, 21218
 (410) 516-5281
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The US DoD requires robust ways of neutralizing threats posed by hostile powers and terrorist organizations that may be in possession of dangerous weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Unfortunately, the weapons currently available to the DoD do not offer a way for the WMD to be destroyed without risking the spread of that material throughout the area. The strategy for the defeat of biological weapons is to use a nanoenergetic formulation (e.g. thermite) that produces high heat in conjunction with a biocide to destroy residual biological agent in the plume. Recent research into HI3O8 has created interest in the material as one that could be formulated to defeat biological weapons. HI3O8 is not commercially available, and its preparation has been a bottleneck for the development of this material into an ordinance item for WMD defeat. For this material to be successfully incorporated into a weapon system, a process must be developed which provides very consistent composition of product and particle size. The main objective of this effort is to develop a cost-beneficial manufacturing processes for producing kilogram quantities of HI3O8 with high purity and small particle size, as well as identify quality assurance measures for its handling and storage.

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