ULTRAMICROBAND ELECTROCHEMICAL DETECTORS FOR MICROBORE HPLC

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,977.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
13995
Agency Tracking Number:
13995
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
111 Downey St, Norwood, MA, 02062
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Urszula M Twardoch
(617) 769-9450
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
MICROBORE HIGH-PERFORMANCE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY (HPLC) IS AVERY USEFUL TECHNIQUE FOR ANALYZING SMALL-VOLUME NEUROCHEMICAL EXTRACTS. ELECTROCHEMICAL DETECTION, A STAPLEOF NORMAL HPLC, HAS BEEN DIFFICULT TO IMPLEMENT IN THIS RESTRICTED MICROBORE ENVIRONMENT. IT IS PLANNED TO INVESTIGATE TUBULAR ULTRAMICROBAND ELECTRODES, <1 MUM WIDE, FOR THIS APPLICATION. THESE MICROELECTRODES SHOULD GIVE AMPEROMETRIC RESPONSES PROPORTIONAL TO CONCENTRATION AND INDEPENDENT OF FLOW RATE OVER A WIDE RANGE AND COULD BE INTEGRATED INTO THE COLUMN TO AVOID POSTCOLUMN DISPERSION OFELUENT COMPONENTS BEFORE DETECTION. IN ADDITION, VERY FAST DYNAMIC VOLTAMMETRY POSSIBLE FOR MICROELECTRODES WILL ALLOW SEPARATION OF OVERLAPPING ELUENT COMPONENTS WITH SIMILAR OXIDATION POTENTIALS, BASED ON THEIRDIFFERING ELECTROKINETICS. THE MICROBAND ELECTRODES ARE SIMPLE TO FABRICATE FROM A VARIETY OF ELECTRODE MATERIALS AND MAY BE PRODUCED SINGLY OR IN SERIAL ARRAYS WITH INDIVIDUAL POTENTIAL CONTROL. PHASE I WILL SEEK TO DEMONSTRATE ONE- AND TWO-ELEMENT MICROBAND ELECTRODES AND TO EVALUATE THE GEOMETRIC REQUIREMENTS FOR FLOW-INDEPENDENT AMPEROMETRIC RESPONSE TOWARD MODEL REDOX SPECIES AND BIOGENIC AMINES. PHASE II WILL BE USED TO DEVELOP FURTHER THE ELECTRODE MATERIALS AND FABRICATION TECHNOLOGY FOR THIN-FILM MULTIELEMENT ARRAYS AND TO DEMONSTRATE AND OPTIMIZE PROTOTYPE HARDWARE IN A MICROBORE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPH FOR ENHANCED SEPARATION OF BIOGENIC AMINES IN CLINICAL SAMPLE VOLUMES.

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