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NSWC Crane enters into new CRADA with Purdue University

By NSWC Crane Corporate Communications | Jan. 23, 2018

CRANE, Ind. – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) has entered into a new Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Purdue University. The purpose of this CRADA is to better understand the characterization of polymer properties through ambient sampling (AS) and mass spectrometry (MS) techniques.

The goal of the agreement will be to develop novel analytical methodologies to overcome the complexity of material characterization. Several important AS techniques have been invented in the Cooks’ Aston Laboratory of Mass Spectrometry at Purdue University, which is why Purdue is an ideal partner for NSWC Crane on this particular CRADA.

“This is an exciting venture between our researchers at NSWC Crane and Distinguished Professor Graham Cooks at Purdue University,” said NSWC Crane Principal Investigator, Dr. Jonathan Dilger. “The ambient ionization techniques invented by Cooks' Aston Laboratories offers high-throughput forensic utility with no prerequisite for sample preparation. This technology offers multi-use purpose to the mission areas at NSWC Crane, particularly toward microelectronics trust and munitions environmental safety.”

The proposed tasking list calls for Purdue University and NSWC Crane to complete no fewer than three separate projects on polymers and other energetic materials through this CRADA.

NSWC Crane's Technology Transfer (T2) Program helps link federal research and development to academic institutions and businesses in the private sector. A CRADA provides the formal mechanism between the federal laboratory and partner collaborator. The NSWC Crane T2 program has partnerships with more than 100 businesses, individuals and universities. Currently, there are 55 active CRADAs and 173 active agreements.

NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi-spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability of today’s warfighter.