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Miniature Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer for Space and Extraterrestrial…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
76687
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
040040
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Opti-MS Corporation
101 Seville Place Starkville, MS 39759-0263
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Miniature Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer for Space and Extraterrestrial Applications
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNA06CA56C
Award Amount: $589,072.00
 

Abstract:

The PI has developed a miniature time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS), which can be op-timized for space and extraterrestrial applications, by using a revolutionary ion-focusing scheme. The instrument is optimized for a matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization ion source. The design is compact and the device that will be built under a Phase II grant will have a mass of less than 1 kg, a volume of less than one liter and draw approximately 3.5 Watts, exclusive of vac-uum generation, laser and sample-handling equipment. The proposed device will include a sam-ple-handling component, which will slightly increase the mass, volume and power requirements. Although there are several miniature TOF-MS systems currently available (NASA has a design available for licensing) the proposed innovation will out-perform all of the miniature designs currently available by 1 to 2 orders of magnitude (resolution and sensitivity) and has mass resolution comparable to current full-size research instruments. For commercial applications where volume, mass and power requirements are not so stringent, a device that performs better than current full-sized instruments can be designed.

Principal Investigator:

David Ermer
Principal Investigator
6624252512
dermer@opti-ms.com

Business Contact:

David Ermer
Business Official
6624252512
dermer@opti-ms.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Opti-MS Corporation
101 Seville Place Starkville, MS 39759

EIN/Tax ID: 201032895
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No