Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

Improved Firefighter Face Piece Lenses for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

D12PC00404 FY11.1-H-SB011.1-006-0003-II
(FY11.1 Phase II)
Improved Firefighter Face Piece Lenses for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

PolyNew, Inc
1021 18th St
Golden, CO 80401-1826


This multiphase project develops higher heat resistant materials for use in face shields of self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBAs) and brings them to commercial markets. Key findings of the Phase I work are that polyethersulfone (PES) is a promising replacement for polycarbonate (PC) with respect to thermal and optical properties. However, PES has considerably lower mechanical impact strength than PC and therefore may not be suitable as a "drop in" replacement. Accordingly, an important aspect of Phase II will be to evaluate the significance of the lower impact strength of PES compared to PC. Given the limitations discovered in Phase I, alternative materials will be developed in Phase II. The new materials are highly promising; they will have both improved thermal and mechanical properties compared to the present state-of-the-art. Even if such technologically sophisticated lenses are not needed for the 2013 NFPA requirements, their development can establish feasibility for even more protective standards in the expected 2018 NFPA requirements. Depending on the developments in Phase II, PolyNew will realize revenues through a combination of providing materials and components and technology licensing fees in Phase III. Honeywell Life Safety serves as a commercialization partner in Phase II and provides a ready path to market in Phase III.

Burn-Saver Device

D14PC00067 HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-003-0004-II
(HSHQDC-13-R-00009 Phase II)
Helmet-Mounted Thermal Sensor for First Responder Burn-Saver Device

TDA Research, Inc.
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-1916


The personal protective equipment (PPE) worn by firefighters protects them against burns and hazardous environments. This equipment works so well that they may not notice that their environment has become so hot that is no longer safe. Although current thermal sensor technologies (generally built in to Personal Alert Safety System (PASS) units) can trigger an alarm when the temperature is too high, no commercial device can respond fast enough to ensure that the firefighter is not exposed to temperatures that exceed the capabilities of their PPE. TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) has developed a thermal sensing and warning Burn Saver Device that can respond to changes in radiative heat flux in less than 10 seconds and changes in the air temperature is less than one minute. The device provides both visual and audible alarms along with wireless notification to the fire incident commanders. In collaboration with our industrial firefighter equipment manufacturer, we will further refine the design of our Burn Saver Device, fabricating and testing prototypes in Phase II. Testing will be done both in the laboratory and in full-scale, instrumented compartment fires. The current technology readiness level at the end of Phase I is TRL 4; we anticipate TRL 6 and the end of Year 1, TRL 7 and the end of the Phase II project, and we will be ready to submit the data needed for TRL 8 (NFPA) certification at the end of the Phase II Option.

Decontamination Technologies for Biological Agents

D15PC00112 HSHQDC-14-R-00035-H-SB014.2-001-0009-II
(HSHQDC-14-R-00035 Phase II)
Photochemical ClO2 Decontaminant for Biological Agent Neutralization

TDA Research, Inc.
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-1916


DHS requires the ability to respond to an attack with biological agents. Specifically, it requires a decontaminant to kill anthrax spores on building exteriors and interiors, and even large outdoor areas. In this proposal we describe an innovative bio-agent decon technology that is particularly suitable for decon over wide areas; and as far as we are aware, no other technology in development can be used on such a large scale. Prior to the Phase I effort, this proposed technology had already demonstrated efficacy against chemical warfare agent simulants and anthrax surrogates. During the Phase I effort the technology was improved, and tests with bacterial spores demonstrated the ability to achieve an 8-log reduction within 15 minutes. The technology demonstrated excellent performance on glass, plastic, painted wallboard and soil. In this proposed Phase II DHS project, we further develop the technology to produce an optimized formulation to combat anthrax in the field. TDA will acquire the data and information required to support EPA registration of a disinfectant product with claims of efficacy against anthrax.

Wearable Chemical Sensor Badge

70RSAT18C00000008 HSHQDC-17-R-00010-H-SB017.1-006-0014-II
(HSHQDC-17-R-00010 Phase II)
Wearable Smart Chemical Sensors

TDA Research, Inc.
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-1916


Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs) are a great concern for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since they would be easier for terrorists to obtain and use than Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs). Hence, a wearable low cost (less than $50) multi-gas sensor is needed to alert first responders to the type and level of hazard they face. Such wearable sensors will also find use in the much bigger industrial worker safety monitoring market. In this SBIR Project TDA Research, Inc. (TDA), with Texas Tech University (TTU), is developing a simple, low cost wearable smart sensor badge that has high sensitivity and selectivity to multiple TICs at trace (low parts per million) concentrations and triggers distinct alarms. The wearable smart badge is smaller than 2 in. x 2 in. x 0.5 in. and can detect multiple TICs of interest with a low rate of false alarms. We met all the proposed Phase I technical objectives, we demonstrated a fully integrated prototype chemical sensor badge that can detect and quantify H2S and ammonia, and obtained performance data that included results for these two TICs both separately and together in the presence of other contaminants such as CO, C6H6 and smoke. We also carried out a detailed design of the high fidelity sensor badge, generated 3-D models and assessed its techno-economic merits. In Phase II we will improve the sensor selectivity and fabricate at least six prototype wearable sensor badges to demonstrate their ability to detect at least 4 of the target TICs.

Miniature Chem/Bio/Explosive Sensors

HSHQDC09C00178 0812007
(FY08.1 Phase II)
Miniature and Reliable Chemical Sensors for Cell Phones

Synkera Technologies Inc.
2605 Trade Centre Ave, Suite C
Longmont, CO 80503-4605


In the event of a terrorist attack, the ability to measure the extent and location of the attack and rapidly notify first responders will be critical to saving lives. If the widespread use of cell phones could be harnessed with an ability to detect chemical threats and immediately notify authorities of the scope and location of the attack, public safety would be significantly enhanced. Synkera proposes to develop a unique nanostructured ceramic sensor array for threat detection. This miniature detection system is well suited for integration with cellular and other wireless devices and will enable them to become part of a larger distributed alert network that improves situational awareness for mission personnel. Synkera`s Phase I effort demonstrated the feasibility and performance of very low power, small sensors capable of detecting a wide range of chemical threats. The sensor manufacturing process is highly scalable, which will allow the sensors to meet vey aggressive cost targets for integration with cellular phones. This Phase II effort will prepare a prototype sensor module integrated into a cell phone that takes advantage of the Synkera sensors advantages in size and performance.