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NCJ Number: 192761 Find in a Library
Title: Sudsy Brew Neutralizes Viral, Bacterial, Nerve Agents in Minutes
Corporate Author: Sandia National Laboratories
United States of America
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM 87185
Sale Source: Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM 87185
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Research Paper
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article contains information on a foam that neutralizes chemical and biological agents.
Abstract: Researchers at the Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M., created a foam that neutralizes both chemical and biological agents in minutes. In laboratory tests the foam destroyed simulants of VX, mustard, and soman and killed a stimulant anthrax. The foam destroys chemical agents the same way detergent lifts away oily spots from a stained shirt. Its surfactants begin to chemically digest the chemical agent, but it is not well understood how foam kills spores. Research on the findings has been presented at various technical gatherings, most recently at the National Research Workshop on Chem-bio Warfare Physical Protection and Decontamination. The Sandia foam is inexpensive, costing about 15 cents per pound. The foam could be sprayed from handheld canisters, from trucks, or a fire sprinkler could be filled with it. The U.S. Department of Energy is currently funding development of the foam as part of its larger Chemical and Biological Nonproliferation Program.
Main Term(s): Biological weapons; Terrorism/Mass Violence
Index Term(s): Crimes against persons; Research; Subversive activities; Terrorist weapons
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