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Electrospray Based High Vacuum Diffusion Pump for Mass Spectrometers

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
94795
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1021082
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB010.2-002
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Connecticut Analytical Corporation
696 Amity Road Route 63 Bethany, CT -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Electrospray Based High Vacuum Diffusion Pump for Mass Spectrometers
Agency: DHS
Contract: D10PC20034
Award Amount: $98,095.00
 

Abstract:

Mass spectrometers necessitate a partial pressure zone to allow for the process of mass characterization of the analyte under consideration. The reasons for transforming neutral molecules into charged ions include (1) the ability to control the trajectories and destinations of charged species by appropriate combinations of electric and magnetic fields and (2) detectability that is generally much greater for ions than for neutral molecules because each ion gives rise to at least one electron in a primary signal current that can be greatly amplified by known techniques. The miniaturization of mass spectrometers suitable for handheld form factor has been principally hampered by a lack of new vacuum pump technology. Attempts to miniaturize turbomolecular pumps for portability suffer number of drawbacks in these applications. Chief among these are high cost, limited life, complexity, susceptibility to torque-induced gyroscopic precession, and a potential for catastrophic failure which may subject the user to possible shrapnel. An alternative is proposed whereby electrosprays of nonvolatile fluids may be employed as a new generation of high vacuum diffusion pump. Electrospray pumps do not require the heaters or cooling found in conventional oil based diffusion pumps, offering milliwatt instant-on operation, no moving parts, axis insensitivity, and low cost.

Principal Investigator:

Joseph J. Bango
2033939666
jbango@ctanalytical.com

Business Contact:

Joseph J. Bango
2033939666
jbango@ctanalytical.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Connecticut Analytical Corporation
696 AMITY RD BETHANY, CT 06524

EIN/Tax ID: 061279411
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No