CDE call for research proposals

Generation-after-next chemical, biological and radiological hazard mitigation systems

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) proves the value of novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research sourced from the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies. CDE enables development of cost-effective capability advantage for UK Defence and Security.

This CDE call for research proposals focuses on proof-of-concept and/or demonstration-of-benefit studies that have the potential to lead to generation-after next chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) hazard mitigation (HM) systems.

This could be partial demonstration of a new technology, or a theoretical or experimental approach that allows a better understanding of the phenomena that underpin HM.

HM systems deal with the consequences of a release of chemical, biological or radiological materials, which can be liquid drops or solid particulates. HM systems locate, monitor, contain, remove, neutralize and verify the absence of residual hazards. These activities could be conducted on small items of equipment (some of which may be relatively fragile opto-electronics), vehicles (land, sea and air) and buildings and infrastructure. This CDE call seeks innovative approaches to reduce the level of materials and manpower required to deploy HM systems. It is assumed that the detection of an event and donning of protective equipment will have occurred prior to instigation of HM measures.

Current-generation HM systems employ: liquid decontaminant sprays (with sufficient solvency and reactivity to aid removal and neutralisation of contaminants); peelable, absorbent coatings and absorbent powders (to contain contamination and assist removal); vapour detectors and colour-change detector papers (to monitor and verify HM measures, as opposed to initial detection of an event). Generation-after next systems would move HM towards “do nothing” systems (eg selfdecontaminating/indicating surfaces).

Global research areas include, but are not limited to: development of neutralization chemistries; new strategies for agent containment; responsive materials that employ molecular recognition to trigger a response to contamination; mathematical modelling; synthesis/stabilization/scale-up of beneficial materials; advances in spectroscopy, electrochemistry or other
analytical techniques; directed-energy approaches; and effluent/solid-waste management. Ideas will be welcomed from a broad spectrum of science.

The call for proposals will be launched at a seminar in Harwell, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 24 July 2012 (afternoon) and will close at 1700 on Thursday 06 September, 2012.

Registration is only via the website: .

MOD does not charge for attendance at CDE seminars.

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