Accession Number:

ADB230946

Title:

Development of Reactive Topical Skin Protectants against Sulfur Mustard and Nerve Agents

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 15 Nov 1996-14 May 1997

Corporate Author:

NANTEK INC MANHATTAN KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1997-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

61.0

Abstract:

The purpose of the Phase I Research was to investigate the feasibility of using Nanteks unique reactive nanoparticle RNP adsorbents as the active ingredient in a skin cream system for the protection against exposure to sulfur mustard and nerve agents. The scope of the work included 1 study of mimic reactions with a broad array of adsorbents 2 new adsorbent formulation development 3 adsorbent-cream compatibility studies 4 prototype skin system testing and 5 reaction studies with actual nerve and mustard agents. Overall technical feasibility was established with the following major findings include 1 RNP adsorbents are highly reactive and in some instances nearly instantaneously destroyed VX and its mimics 2 actual evidence of decomposition and not merely absorption was observed 3 HD and its mimics are partially decomposed by the RNP adsorbents suggesting the need for further optimization of the adsorbent formulations in Phase II and 4 the most efficient RNP adsorbents demonstrated chemical compatibility and reactivity when embedded in the selected base cream.

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE