Electrochemical Carbon Dioxide Sensor for Plant Production Environments

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNK05OA01C
Agency Tracking Number: 033232
Amount: $599,982.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: B3.07
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
89 Rumford Avenue, Newton, MA, 02466-1311
DUNS: 066594979
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Mourad Manoukian
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 529-0527
Business Contact
 Anthony LaConti
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (781) 529-0501
Email: alaconti@ginerinc.com
Research Institution
The aim of this proposal is to develop a low power consuming solid polymer electrolyte based, miniaturized electrochemical CO2 sensor that can continuously, accurately and rapidly monitor CO2 for monitoring and control approaches of plant-production environments, to aid in NASA's biomass (edible food) production research. The proposed sensor will introduce a much simpler, lower cost and more accurate alternative to the existing infrared CO2 measurement technology to measure CO2 and study its effects on plant growth. During Phase I, in addition to concept feasibility demonstration, the ability of the proposed sensor to detect (0 - 10) % CO2 in a wide temperature (15 ? 45)degrees C, and humidity (10 ? 99) % RH was demonstrated. In Phase II the sensor will be integrated into a complete instrument and will undergo extensive testing for accuracy, specificity, longevity and statistical comparison to existing technology. The instrument will be small, lightweight and will allow for independent operation of the sensor complete with calibration routine, adjustable applied potential settings and digital display of numeric results. The unit will be battery operated with an AC converter and battery re-charger.

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