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Cryomechanical Preconcentration System for Trace Gas Analysis

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX17CG23P
Agency Tracking Number: 174746
Amount: $124,910.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.09
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-12-08
Small Business Information
45 Manning Road
Billerica, MA 01821-3976
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brian Lerner
 Principal Investigator
 (978) 932-0220
Business Contact
 Jiri Cistecki
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (978) 663-9500
Research Institution

Advanced cryogenic cooling systems are required to enable high-precision measurements of trace atmospheric gases and isotopes present at very low concentrations in order to evaluate anthropogenic impacts on climate and stratospheric ozone and to assess compliance with international regulations. This SBIR Phase I project will develop a robust cryogen-free preconcentrator based on a Stirling cryocooler and a novel sample trap design. A high resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometer will be coupled with gas chromatographic separation for selective and sensitive detection of greenhouse gases and ozone depleting substances. Data acquisition and analysis software will be developed to allow for automated operation of the instrument and data archiving. Combining these three elements will provide a new system capable of rapid automated analysis for field and laboratory measurements. In addition to these applications, the preconcentrator will be useful for enhancing the sensitivity of optical-based isotopic measurements for greenhouse gases.

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