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Lab-on-a-chip astrobiology analyzer

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
72020
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
034626
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Real-Time Analyzers
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Lab-on-a-chip astrobiology analyzer
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNA04CB35C
Award Amount: $65,068.00
 

Abstract:

The overall goal of this program (through Phase III) is to develop an astrobiology analyzer to measure chemical signatures of life in extraterrestrial settings. The analyzer will employ a lab-on-a-chip to extract biochemical signatures from soil or water samples and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy to detect and identify the signatures. The goal of the Phase I program is to demonstrate feasibility by separating mixtures of amino acids in SER-active sol-gel capillary columns. This will be accomplished by developing new sol-gels that selectively extract the amino acids from flowing water, while at the same time providing SER activity to identify the amino acids, individually and as a class. The Phase II work will design, build and test the proposed prototype lab-on-a-chip analyzer. This will be accomplished by incorporating the sol-gel coated capillaries into a lab-on-a-chip, and performing chemical separation and Raman signal enhancement sufficiently to identify chemical signatures of life.

Principal Investigator:

Stuart Farquharson
Principal Investigator
8605289806
stu@rta.biz

Business Contact:

Stuart Farquharson
Business Official
8605289806
stu@rta.biz
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Real-Time Analyzers, Inc.
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