Polymer Nanowire-Based Reversible, and Quasi Real-Time, Ethylene Analyzer

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX17CK03C
Agency Tracking Number: 155679
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2017
Solicitation Year: 2016
Solicitation Topic Code: H3.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127, Torrance, CA, 90505-5245
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anamika Ray
 Principal Investigator
 (310) 530-2011
Business Contact
 Kisholoy Goswami
Title: Business Official
Phone: (310) 530-2011
Email: kisholoy.goswami@innosense.us
Research Institution
As called out in the NASA Technical Roadmap (TA7), in-orbit or deep space-based plant growth systems are of interest to NASA as part of fundamental space research and for ensuring supply of fresh produce to the crew for sustainable human spaceflight. Ethylene gas is a natural plant metabolite and phytohormone. In enclosed spaceship settings, ethylene build-up can be deleterious to plants. Thus, there is a need to monitor ethylene in real-time, sensitively, reversibly and effectively. State of the art technology is limited in terms of portability and ability for in-situ measurements with desired selectivity and sensitivity. To close this technology gap, InnoSense LLC (ISL) will continue developing a space-compatible, Polymer Nanowire based ethylene Monitor or PNet-Mon (TM). In Phase I, ISL fabricated a compact breadboard PNet-Mon device that demonstrated response to ppb levels of ethylene with immunity to interfering metabolites. In Phase II, ISL will optimize fabrication of the reversible sensor, develop prototype hardware having NASA-relevant footprint. The PNet-Mon prototype will be evaluated rigorously first under laboratory conditions. We have teamed with a prime contractor for testing the prototype in Advanced Plant Habitat (APH) system with the goal of integrating PNet-Mon with APH system for delivery to NASA.

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