TDA Research, Inc., under contract to the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, is soliciting candidate catalysts that may be able to detoxify chemical warfare agents under ambient conditions. DTRA seeks to develop catalytic decontamination capability that would protect against chemical warfare agents without needing to store and transport large volumes of decontaminating liquids. Candidate catalysts will be sent directly by the various contributing researchers to an independent surety laboratory for testing with chemical agents HD, GB, and VX. Catalysts are sought that are active against one or more of these chemical agents. Catalysts need not be chemically identified, other than providing sufficient data on safe handling and disposal. Catalyst samples will not be subjected to chemical analysis.
After testing, catalyst samples will be disposed of and will not be returned. Candidate catalysts will be tested if there is a reasonable expectation that they would be shelf stable for prolonged storage (5–10 years) at unregulated temperatures (up to 120 ºF). Catalysts that are known to produce free radicals will not be tested in this program, since free radicals are known to produce complex and potentially dangerous product mixtures. Catalysts will be eligible for testing whether or not they have been designed to detoxify chemical warfare agents and regardless of the amount of previous testing. Individual researchers may submit multiple catalysts for testing, although budget limitations may dictate how many candidate materials will be tested. Researchers will be provided with a report documenting the performance of their catalyst samples against chemical warfare agents, including details of the testing protocols and comparisons to other materials tested.
To participate in this program or for more information, please contact
Bryan Smith, Ph.D.
Senior Chemical Engineer
TDA Research, Inc.
12345 W. 52nd Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033