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Reactive decontamination formulation

United States Patent Application

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The present invention provides a universal decontamination formulation and method for detoxifying chemical warfare agents (CWA's) and biological warfare agents (BWA's) without producing any toxic by-products, as well as, decontaminating surfaces that have come into contact with these agents. The formulation includes a sorbent material or gel, a peroxide source, a peroxide activator, and a compound containing a mixture of KHSO.sub.5, KHSO.sub.4 and K.sub.2SO.sub.4. The formulation is self-decontaminating and once dried can easily be wiped from the surface being decontaminated. A method for decontaminating a surface exposed to chemical or biological agents is also disclosed.
Giletto, Anthony (College Station, TX), White, William (College Station, TX), Cisar, Alan J. (Cypress, TX), Hitchens, G. Duncan (Bryan, TX), Fyffe, James (Bryan, TX)
10/ 444,243
May 23, 2003
[0001] This invention was made with government support under grant DE-FG03-97ER82420 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.