Self-Regenerating Filters for Decontamination of Chemical and Biological Agents in Building Ventilation Systems

EPA Contract Number: EPD04028
Title: Self-Regenerating Filters for Decontamination of Chemical and Biological Agents in Building Ventilation Systems
Investigators: Burns, Michael L.
Small Business: Science, Math & Engineering Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: March 1, 2004 through August 31, 2004
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (2004) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , SBIR - Homeland Security , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified the need to protect buildings from chemical/biological assaults. Science, Math & Engineering, Inc., proposes to develop innovative, self-regenerating filters that combine filter media and ultraviolet radiation to neutralize and remove both chemical and biological agents in building ventilation systems. The goals of this Phase I research project are to: (1) compare performance of filter designs, (2) explore cost reduction for prototype assembly, and (3) demonstrate degradation of chemical and biological simulants. The commercial sector will benefit from low pressure drop self-regenerating filters in business ventilation systems, medical and microbiological facilities, food processing, waste remediation, private residences, commercial aircraft, and contaminated mailrooms. The military will benefit from chemical/biological protective face masks and clothing capable of self-decontamination.

Supplemental Keywords:

small business, SBIR, self-regenerating filters, decontamination, chemical agents, biological agents, building ventilation systems, safe buildings, filter media, ultraviolet radiation, decontamination, homeland security, EPA., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Air, TREATMENT/CONTROL, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, RESEARCH, Environmental Chemistry, Treatment Technologies, Monitoring/Modeling, Analytical Chemistry, Monitoring, Biochemistry, Atmospheric Sciences, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, environmental monitoring, homeland security, decontamination, environmental measurement, pathogenic microbes, chemical treatment, biological warfare agents, bioterrorism, bacteria monitoring, biological treatment, biomonitoring, environmental engineering, microbial contaminants, filters, contaminant detection

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