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Lab-on-a-Robot Platform for In-Situ Planetary Compositional Analysis

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2013 / STTR
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Small Business Information
HJ Science & Technology, Inc.
2929 Seventh Street, Suite 120 Berkeley, CA 94710-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Lab-on-a-Robot Platform for In-Situ Planetary Compositional Analysis
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CP49C
Award Amount: $699,564.00


This joint STTR research effort between HJ Science & Technology and the University of Texas at San Antonio seeks to establish a highly integrated mobile "lab-on-a-chip" platform?next generation "lab-on-a-robot" (LOAR) - capable of in-situ, high throughput, and simultaneous identification and characterization of universal classes of ions, molecules, and biomolecules for NASA in-situ planetary compositional analysis, and planetary and small body surface chemistry studies. The technology combines programmable microfluidic on-chip automation of sample processing, microchip capillary electrophoresis with contactless conductivity and optical detections, and integration with the next generation LOAR mobile platform in a miniaturized format. Such a mobile platform for the miniaturized instrument will lay the groundwork for future NASA in situ robotic missions. In Phase I, we have established the technical feasibility by demonstrating all key functionalities. This includes the separation and detection of selective ions that are relevant to the aqueous chemistry and reactivity of the Martian surface material with a novel microfab-less microfluidic device and the demonstration of the on-chip automated sample processing capability with a novel microvalve platform. The Phase II effort will include expanding and enhancing the performance capability of the novel microfab-less microfluidic device, integrating the on-chip automation technology to the microfluidic device and demonstrate the capability of the programmable on-chip automation of sample processing, and the design, construction, and test of a next generation LOAR prototype.

Principal Investigator:

Hong Jiao
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Hong Jiao
Business Official
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HJ Science & Technology, Inc.
2929 Seventh Street, Suite 120 Berkeley, CA 94710-2753

EIN/Tax ID: 452069168
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 78249-78249
Contact: Michael Findeisen