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Miniaturized MEMS-Based Gas Chromatograph for High Inertial Loads Associated…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83810
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
066340
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Thorleaf Research, Inc.
5552 Cathedral Oaks Road Santa Barbara, CA 93111-1406
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Miniaturized MEMS-Based Gas Chromatograph for High Inertial Loads Associated with Planetary Missions
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC07QA54P
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

Thorleaf Research, Inc. proposes to develop a rugged, miniaturized, low power MEMS-based gas chromatograph (GC) capable of handling the high inertial loads encountered during planetary missions. This will provide key enabling technology for mission planners, especially where hard landers or penetrators may be required to meet science objectives within challenging mass, volume and power constraints. Our innovative approach employs high strength inert materials to provide a direct interface between components such as a MEMS-GC injector chip, valves and GC column. This eliminates fittings and tubing connections to greatly enhance robustness, improve system inertness and reduce mass. We believe it will be possible to develop the miniaturized GC system at a mass of about 200 grams, with an average power consumption of less than 50 mW for isothermal operation. Our use of a modular design approach will make it possible to interface the proposed miniaturized GC to miniature mass spectrometers, ion mobility spectrometers, or other detectors of interest to NASA. The goal of our proposed SBIR Phase 1 effort is to demonstrate feasibility for a miniaturized, high inertial load MEMS-based gas chromatograph, and to develop a detailed design for fabricating and demonstrating prototype instrumentation in Phase 2.

Principal Investigator:

Paul M. Holland
Principal Investigator
8056924978
pholland@thorleaf.com

Business Contact:

Paul M. Holland
Business Official
8056924978
pholland@thorleaf.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Thorleaf Research, Inc.
5552 Cathedral Oaks Road Santa Barbara, CA 93111

EIN/Tax ID: 770480155
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No