STTR Phase I: Advanced Informatics for Chemical Imaging: Visualization, Mapping, and Analysis

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0741027
Agency Tracking Number: 0741027
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: BT
Solicitation Number: NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
GC Imaging
216 N 11TH ST, STE 302, LINCOLN, NE, 68508
DUNS: 112127142
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Qingping Tao
 DPhil
 (402) 310-4503
 qtao@gcimage.com
Business Contact
 Qingping Tao
Title: DPhil
Phone: (402) 310-4503
Email: qtao@gcimage.com
Research Institution
 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
 Jeabbe Wicks
 312 N 14th Street
Alexander Building West, P.O. Box 880431
Lincoln, NE, 68588
 (402) 310-4503
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I research project aims to develop a novel software package for the analysis of complex data generated by a combination of time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) and attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR). Novel algorithms that can facilitate the analysis and visualization of the large amount of information created in mass spectrometric experiments are needed by scientists in the academic and industrial arenas alike. Moreover, as improvements are made in mass spectrometers, the use of these instruments is bound to increase and as such robust and intuitive programs for data analysis will be in demand. The mass resolution and characterization of the surface profiles of heterogeneous material such as cells achieved by ToF-SIMS and ATR-IR results in the generation of large quantities of useful data that require equally powerful algorithms to analyze and visualize. The development of software that can systematically process and display the layers of information produced in such experiments would maximize the usefulness of the powerful hardware that has been developed.

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