U.S. Navy to offer contract for development of chem/bio agent sensors using new materials

The U.S. Navy's Naval Research Lab recently announced that it anticipates negotiating a level-of-effort contract for research and development in designing, synthesizing and testing materials to be used to fabricate a new series of chemical and biological agent sensors for the Department of Defense.

The Navy's Office of Naval Research said that the project's first objective involves the design, synthesis and characterization of materials to be used, including biomaterials, organics, ceramics, ionic liquids, fuels, explosives, nanoparticles and polymers.

The second objective is the actual design, fabrication and testing of chemical and biological sensors that can be used to detect and quantify drugs of abuse, explosives, pollutants and other environmental contaminants, pathogenic organisms, chemical/biological warfare agents and other analytes.

The proposed work will need those with advanced knowledge of surface science and electrochemistry, catalysis, fuel analytics, materials science, surface modification, sensor technology, micro- and nanofabrication, and nanoscience and technology. The work will also include research and engineering support to assist in the transition of materials to control antifouling, adhesion, friction, wear and corrosion.

The Naval Research Lab synopsis says that the project will be contracted for up to three years of technical services. As part of the solicitation, a performance work statement will be made available. Any contract will be cost plus fixed fee.