Development of Reactive Topical Skin Protectants against Sulfur Mustard and Nerve Agents
Final rept. 15 Nov 1996-14 May 1997
NANTEK INC MANHATTAN KS
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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.
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