Novel Micro-Capillary Electrochromatography for Mars Organic Detector

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CA79C
Agency Tracking Number: 074972
Amount: $599,947.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.09
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Los Gatos Research
67 East Evelyn Avenue, Suite 3, Mountain View, CA, 94041-1518
DUNS: 928805761
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hong Jiao
 Principal Investigator
 (650) 965-7772
Business Contact
 Anthony O'Keefe
Title: CEO
Phone: (650) 965-7772
Research Institution
Los Gatos Research proposes to develop a powerful new technology - next generation Micro-Capillary Electrochromatography - a high performance and low power consumption microfluidic sample separation device suitable for separating organic molecules as signatures as past and present life on Mars. In this Phase II effort, we will refine this enabling new microfluidic technology that we have successfully demonstrated in Phase I in order to integrate with NASA Mars Organic Detector. Specifically for the Phase II work, we will target two important classes of compounds: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and amino acids. The overall objective is to integrate the micro-CEC devices with the existing micor-CE analyzers to form a dual micro-CE/micro-CEC system capable of separating all neutral and charged organic molecules targeted by Urey, thus significantly broaden NASA organic sample separation capability. In addition, this research work will also be performed in parallel with efforts to develop microfluidics devices for the commercial analytical markets.

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