Authors: O.B. Koper and S. Rajagopalan
Affilation: NanoScale Materials, Inc., United States
Pages: 419 - 422
Keywords: nanoparticles, metal oxides, adsorbent, destruction, CWAs
NanoActive materials are novel forms of metal oxides that possess extremely high surface areas (100-700 m2/g), defect-rich morphology (many corner and edge sites), large porosities (up to 1 cc/g), and small crystallite sizes (2-10 nm). This combination of properties results in extremely high chemical reactivity including both enhanced reaction kinetics and large capacities. In sharp contrast to activated carbon, which has proven to be an effective adsorbent, NanoActive materials have been proven to not only adsorb, but also destroy a variety of toxic chemicals including Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs). The remarkable reactivity of NanoActive materials towards nerve and blistering agents, destruction, has been proven by independent testing at Battelle Memorial Institute and ECBC. <br> <br>A highly innovative product that was the result of the research behind NanoActive materials is FAST-ACT®, First Applied Sorbent Treatment-Against Chemical Threats. FAST-ACT is a revolutionary chemical hazard containment and neutralization system that is effective against a broad range of Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs), with the added capability to destroy CWAs. FAST-ACT enables users in both civilian and military arenas to quickly counter liquid and vapor chemical releases for immediate safety response applications with easy-to-use systems.