SOURCE: Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Defense Threat Reduction Agency

November 04, 2016 12:18 ET

DTRA employs Nobel Prize winning nanotechnologies to protect nation's warfighters

FORT BELVOIR, VA--(Marketwired - November 04, 2016) - Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, a researcher formerly funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's (DTRA) Joint Science and Technology Office (JSTO), was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for design and production of the 'world's smallest machines.' Related nanotechnology research previously performed by Stoddart currently resides within the DTRA portfolio in efforts to protect our nation's warfighters.

Attracting JSTO's interest with his research in early 2000, DTRA contracted Stoddart to investigate multifunctional nano-structured material's response to chemical and biological threats. His efforts significantly enhanced drug delivery systems and chemically-controlled nanomaterials leading to increased warfighter and civilian safety. Stoddart, now honored as a pioneer in chemistry, delivered research solutions that remain at the center of several ongoing JSTO projects. Since June 2008, Stoddart has contributed to 14 JSTO-funded research activities, one of which received recognition in this year's Nobel Laureate award.

"The development of computing demonstrates how the miniaturization of technology can lead to a revolution. The 2016 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry have miniaturized machines and taken chemistry to a new dimension," stated The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

As a professor at Northwestern University, Dr. Stoddart received recognition for his 1991 development of "rotaxane," a structure in which a molecular ring is threaded onto a thin molecular axle, and for demonstrating that the ring could move along the axle. That achievement led to innovations such as a molecular lift, artificial muscles and minuscule motors that resulted in the development of new materials, sensors and energy storage systems, which could potentially strengthen future warfighter protection.

For more information on this year's prize in Chemistry, please see official website of the Nobel Prize.

DTRA is the U.S. Department of Defense's official Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction, addressing the entire spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosive threats. The U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (SCC-WMD) synchronizes Combating WMD efforts across our military's geographic commands and leverages the people, programs and interagency relationships of DTRA at a strategic level. The Standing Joint Force Headquarters for Elimination (SJFHQ-E) provides a command and control element for a Geographic Combatant Commander or Joint Task Force responsible for the elimination of WMD in hostile or uncertain conditions. The SJFHQ-E is a military unit commanded by the SCC-WMD Deputy Director. We work with the military services, other elements of the United States government, and countries across the planet on nonproliferation, counter-proliferation, consequence management and WMD reduction issues with one goal in mind: Making the World Safer.

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