Remote Site Detection of Chemical Agents Using Functionalized Nanoparticles

Period of Performance: 01/08/2008 - 01/08/2009


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Luna Innovations, Inc.
301 1st St Suite 200
Roanoke, VA 24011
Principal Investigator


Luna Innovations Incorporated proposes to develop a of stand-off covert method of detecting chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals using functionalized nanocrystals. Alterations of the near infrared spectra from the distributed nanoparticles under laser illumination will be analyzed using a compact high-sensitivity spectrometer integrated with telescope collection optics. The chemistry of the functionalized nanoparticles will be tailored to identify a specific set of target chemicals according to their combination of functional groups. This system can be used from the air or from the ground to monitor local atmospheric or surface contamination.