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Novel Microfluidic Instrument for Spacecraft Environmental Monitoring

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
114341
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
X3.03
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: Novel Microfluidic Instrument for Spacecraft Environmental Monitoring
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CE72P
Award Amount: $122,328.00
 

Abstract:

HJ Science & Technology, Inc. proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of an integrated "lab-on-a-chip" technology capable of in-situ, high throughput, and real time identification and characterization of a variety of toxic metals, organics, and bacteria biomarkers in spacecraft water supplies onboard the International Space Station. The novel technology combines automated programmable on-chip sample processing technology, microchip capillary electrophoresis, and laser induced fluorescence detection in a miniaturized format. In terms of spacecraft environmental monitoring, the in situ measurement capability of our portable platform offers important advantages including reduction in time and cost, real-time data for better and more timely decision making, and reduction in sample consumption. In addition to the unprecedented sensitivity, efficiency, selectivity, and throughput compared with the current state-of-the-art technologies, the proposed miniature instrument also meets the stringent space-flight requirements including small consumption of sample and reagent , low-mass, low?power consumption, rapid analysis time, and microgravity compatibility. In Phase I, we will establish the technical feasibility of the technology by analyzing fluorescently labeled ketones and aldehydes as a proof of principle demonstration. In Phase II, the main focus will direct towards the development of a miniaturized prototype to be delivered to NASA by incorporating the most promising design based on the results of Phase I as well including additional detection modules in order to extend the measurement and analysis capability to other contaminants relevant to spacecraft environmental monitoring.

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