Autonomous Airborne Chemical/Biological Cloud Detection Sensor

Period of Performance: 04/01/2009 - 10/30/2009

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Ues, Inc.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road Array
Dayton, OH 45432
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Detection of chemical and biological warfare agents in a real-world setting is an increasingly urgent problem. Many of the current state-of-the-art sensors are aqueous based and require large biomolecules, such as antibodies, to achieve binding of the target molecule and subsequent reporting of the binding event. These technical hurdles are a drawback when considering deployment of these technologies to a battlefield situation. Here, we propose a sensor that is based on short peptide sequences that act as ligands for the target(s) of interest. Due to their small size, these ligands are not susceptible to conformational instability and the sensors should have a long lifetime even when deployed. The sensor platform can be interrogated from a stand-off distance and will relay information about the size and trajectory of a CBW plume cloud that it passes through.