CORAL GABLES, Fla., 7 May 2008. Radiation Shield Technologies (RST) in Coral Gables, Fla., received an Australian patent for its nanotechnology-enabled Demron fabric that blocks nuclear radiation, chemicals, and biological agents -- also known as NBC.
RST describes Demron -- which is covered by other patents in Australia, the United States, Singapore, and Russia -- as a radiopaque nano-polymeric compound fused between layers of fabric and manufactured into several lightweight, nuclear-radiation blocking garments.
This latest patent secures all its applications, including full-body nuclear, biological, and nuclear-biological chemical (NBC) suits, tactical anti-nuclear vests, high-energy suppression blankets, medical X-ray vests and aprons. Its first Australian patent concerns the Demron compound and its manufacturing processes.
"The global demand and deployment of Demron exceeds our expectations and reaffirms its leadership as the only nuclear radiation-blocking material that also provides anti-chemical and biological protection," says RST's president and chief executive officer Ronald DeMeo, the surgeon who developed Demron. "Demron's patents will help us expand its market potential, and we will continue to secure patents worldwide."
Recent deployments include a NATO-funded purchase of Demron suits for the Republic of Belarus. Demron also is deployed worldwide by NATO, NASA, the National Guard, U.S. Navy, and the governments of South Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, and Australia, among others. Scientists have selected it for space suits for future Mars and other space travel.
"Demron is a liquid metal that feels like fabric, and the suits are cool, lightweight and flexible," DeMeo says. "Demron helps individuals more comfortably perform a broader range of duties and with the confidence of knowing they're well-protected."
Demron suits are made from a nanotechnology that surpasses the current nuclear-biological-chemical suits, which provide limited protection against radiation. It is a lead-free, toxin-free, and PVC-free material that allows heat dissipation and resists chemical penetration and cracks. RST says Demron is proven to block gamma rays and X-rays, as well as other nuclear emissions, by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, part of the National Nuclear Security Administration within the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.