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Proposal Number: HSHQDC-14-R-00035-H-SB014.2-001-0005-I
Proposal Title: Biological Warfare Agents Remediation System
Topic Number: H-SB014.2-001
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Decontamination Technologies for Biological Agents
Organization: Physical Optics Corporation
Address: 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510  
Abstract: To address the DHS need for a novel technology platform that is non-destructive to common environmental surfaces but capable of destroying a range of biological agents, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a Biological Warfare Agents Remediation (BIFAR) system based on photocatalytic ionization of hydrogen peroxide inside porous microcarriers. In Phase I, POC will develop, demonstrate and show material compatibility for an innovative, low cost, environmentally-friendly concept for 6-log reduction of a non-hazardous, biological agent simulant, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), on three environmental surfaces such as concrete, wood, and galvanized metal. In Phase II, POC plans to optimize the innovative technical approach and demonstrate 6-log reduction in viable biological agent simulants, such as the Sterne strain of Bacillus anthracis, on the following environmental surfaces: concrete, wood, soil, galvanized metal, glass, plastic, and painted wallboard under required environmental conditions and using commercial components. Also, POC will demonstrate a small pilot-scale production process that can produce the innovative decontamination product in a safe and cost-effective manner that can be readily scaled by a qualified manufacturer for cost-effective production of large, commercial quantities. Commercial applications include pest control, mold and fungus removal, and sterilization of medical facilities and sensitive equipment.
Award/Contract Number: HSHQDC-14-C-00051
Period of Performance: 09/01/2014 - 02/28/2015
Award/Contract Value: $99,976.46
Award/Obligated Amount: $99,976.46