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Penetrator-Compatible Microfluidic Analyzer For Lipids, Amino Acid Chirality, and pH

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX16CA34P
Agency Tracking Number: 150249
Amount: $124,971.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T8.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-06-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-06-09
Small Business Information
820 Heinz Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710-2753
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Amanda Stockton
 Assitant Professor
 (404) 894-4090
Business Contact
 Hong Jiao
Title: Business Official
Phone: (408) 464-3873
Research Institution
 Georgia Institute of Technology
 Caroline Coursey
505 10th Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0420
United States

 (404) 385-6697
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

HJ Science & Technology (HJS&T) and Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) propose to develop a novel penetrator-compatible technology capable of detecting key organic molecules, biomarkers, and indicators of habitability on primary astrobiological targets including icy moons like Europa and Enceladus. The proposed innovation is a novel combination of microfluidic automated colorimetric and fluorometric assays and a miniaturized integrated system of hydraulic microvalve and optical detection module. By leveraging hardware of the Small Body / Icy Moons Planetary Organic Analyzer currently under development at GIT combined with unique microfluidic automation innovations at HJS&T, the proposed STTR effort will expand the current detection capability to include lipids, chiral analysis of amino acids and pH measurement. The entire instrument package is small and robust enough to be compatible with multiple mission concepts, including the stringent volume, mass, and robustness requirements of a high-velocity kinetic impactor platform. In Phase I, scientists at HJ&T will develop microfluidic automation procedures of detecting chiral amino acids, lipids, and pH measurement with the pneumatic microvalve device and bench-top optical systems. Scientists at GIT will develop the hydraulic microvalve devices and the monolithically integrated optical system. The microfluidic automation procedures developed at HJS&T will then be transferred to GIT and adapted to the hydraulic microvalve and monolithic optical system format including testing with real samples.

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