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Rapid Detection of Gas Hazards and Leaks with an Atmospheric Sampling, High…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
77566
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
053816
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
IONWERKS, INC.
3401 Louisiana St., Suite 355 HOUSTON, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Rapid Detection of Gas Hazards and Leaks with an Atmospheric Sampling, High Resolution, Mass Spectrometer with Low Pumping Requirements
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNK06OM17C
Award Amount: $69,774.00
 

Abstract:

Miniaturization of mass spectrometers is restricted almost exclusively by the ability of small vacuum pumps to remove gas loads during operation of the instrument. Our answer to this dilemma is a specialized interface that focuses a parallel beam of ionized gas molecules through an orifice that is at least 10 times smaller than ever before achieved in a mass spectrometer inlet. Our recent patent application describes this interface. Not only can we use this interface to radically reduce the pumping requirements within the mass spectrometer, but it should also enable an unprecedented cooling and focusing of the ion beam. This in turn will enable attaining mass resolutions of over ten thousand in a phase I instrument which uses a linear time of flight tube of only 10 cm. A small overall instrumental footprint (probably 1.5 cubic feet including pumping and electronics) should be attainable in a phase II effort.

Principal Investigator:

J. Albert Schultz
Principal Investigator
7135229880
al@ionwerks.com

Business Contact:

Ketti M. Eipers-Smith
Contracts Manager
7135229880
kes@ionwerks.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ionwerks
2472 Bolsover, Suite 255 Houston, TX 77005

EIN/Tax ID: 760589694
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No