Novel Micro-Capillary Electrochromatography for Mars Organic Detector
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AbstractLos 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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