Miniaturized Lab-on-a-Chip Polarimeter

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,998.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC07QA53P
Agency Tracking Number:
067034
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
S2.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Intelligent Optical Systems Inc
2520 W. 237th Street, Torrance, CA, 90505-5217
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
033449757
Principal Investigator:
Srivatsa Venkatasubbarao
Principal Investigator
(310) 530-7130
sbirproposals@intopsys.com
Business Contact:
Lothar Kempen
Vice President, R&D
(310) 530-7130
randdoffice@intopsys.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Life on Earth is unique in many ways; one of its great mysteries is that all the biomolecules of Earth's life are chiral and non-racemic. In our pursuit of life on Mars and beyond, it is likely that one of the clues to extant or extinct life is non-racemic chiral molecules. This proposal describes the development of a highly miniaturized and ultrasensitive lab-on-a-chip polarimeter to determine the chirality of samples. This proposal is based on a novel technology to achieve the miniaturization and high sensitivity desired for this application. In Phase 1 of this project, we will design and construct the miniaturized polarimeter and develop the software to run the instrument. The polarimeter will be tested with representative samples and with plans to integrate the device to the Mars Organic Analyzer that is being developed at the University of California, Berkeley. In Phase 2 we will carry out the optimization and ruggedization of the device for space-use and will carry out additional testing and integration to the Mars Organic Analyzer.

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