Chemical/Biological Decontamination

Period of Performance: 08/05/2004 - 05/05/2005


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

RTA Systems, Inc.
8120 Mid America Blvd., Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73135
Principal Investigator


RTA Systems, Incorporated and their teaming partner, Terra Environmental Products Company (TEPCO) propose to develop a novel, spray-applied, water-based, two-part liquid formulation that can effectively clean Chemical/Biological (CB) agents from the surface of materials/parts and components and securely encapsulate or microencapsulate the agent within seconds. This CB Microencapsulating Decontamination System (CB-MICAP) will dry out by evaporation of water into small, sand-like microcapsules. The microcapsules will remain stable and will not leach or desorb the encapsulated agents for extended periods even after exposure to water. In the Phase I program, we will explore methods of modifying TEPCO's existing TERRACAPT microencapsulation formula, which has already been demonstrated to be effective against a variety of organic chemicals. Preliminary data indicates that it is also effective against a biological agent simulant. Modifications will focus on improving the formulation's efficacy to CB decontamination of materials/parts/components. Experiments in the Phase I program will focus on testing various formulation variables in bulk solution experiments. The Phase II program will evaluate spray application of the CB-MICAP formulation to materials/parts/components.