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Lab-on-a-Robot Platform for in-situ Planetary Compositional Analysis

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
110062
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
T5.01
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
HJ Science & Technology, Inc.
2929 Seventh Street, Suite 120 Berkeley, CA 94710-2753
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Lab-on-a-Robot Platform for in-situ Planetary Compositional Analysis
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CG20P
Award Amount: $123,440.00
 

Abstract:

HJ Science & Technology, Inc. and the University of Texas at San Antonio propose a joint venture to demonstrate the feasibility of a mobile "lab-on-a-robot" platform capable of in-situ, high throughput, and simultaneous identification and characterization of universal classes of ions, molecules, and biomolecules for NASA planetary and small body surface chemistry studies. The innovation of the proposed technology combines contactless conductivity detection, on-chip automated sample processing, miniaturized instrumentation integration, and robotic and wireless technologies. If successful, such a mobile platform for the miniaturized instrument will lay the groundwork for future NASA in situ robotic missions. In Phase I, we will show the basic functionalities of the proposed technology by demonstrating the capability of (1) the contactless conductivity detection to detect selective ions that are relevant to the aqueous chemistry and reactivity of the Martian surface material, (2) controlling the device as well as collecting and analyzing the data wirelessly, and (3) integrating the contactless conductivity detection technology into our current optical detection based instrumentation. In Phase II, the main effort will direct towards the development of a "lab-on-a-robot" prototype to be delivered to JPL, which will include optical and contactless conductivity detection capabilities, wireless communication, and on-chip automated sample processing.

Principal Investigator:

Hong Jiao
Principal Investigator
4084643873
hong_jiao@yahoo.com

Business Contact:

Hong Jiao
Business Official
4084643873
hong_jiao@yahoo.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

HJ Science & Technology, Inc.
2929 Seventh Street, Suite 120 Berkeley, CA 94710

EIN/Tax ID: 452069168
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Texas, San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644
Contact: James Casey