Fast GC for Space Applications Based on PIES Technology

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,980.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNA05CQ97C
Agency Tracking Number:
040072
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
S4.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
LENTERRA INC.
7 Tenney Road, West Orange, NJ, 07052-1315
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
139119759
Principal Investigator:
Michael Kozhevnikov
Principal Investigator
(973) 731-6281
michael@lenterra.com
Business Contact:
Valery Sheverev
Business Official
(973) 731-6281
sheverev@lenterra.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Development of a novel analytical instrument which combines the advantages of fast GC and a detector capable of identifying species is proposed. Experiments in the limited-space environment require from a GC system maximum productivity and universality with minimal resource consumption. A combination of a short-column fast-chromatographic separation technique with a low-power-consumption miniature detector capable of identifying unknown species would be an ideal instrument for flight analysis. The proposed instrument will employ the technology of Penning Ionization Electron Spectroscopy in plasma (PIES) which provides an excellent opportunity for the development of a fast-GC/PIES combination that satisfies these requirements. A new micro-PIES detector is proposed that uses continuous flowing afterglow discharge cell design enabling the measurement of PIES spectra in continuous flow at atmospheric pressure of the carrier gas. PIES spectra for permanent gases will be recorded in Phase I by a micro-PIES detector prototype. In Phase II of the project, a commercially viable micro-PIES detector and an analytical device combining fast GC and the micro-PIES detector, will be developed.

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