Novel Polymer Microfluidics Technology for In Situ Planetary Exploration

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CD95P
Agency Tracking Number: 084617
Amount: $99,971.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
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
 h.jiao@lgrinc.com
Business Contact
 Anthony O'Keefe
Title: CEO
Phone: (650) 965-7772
Email: a.okeefe@lgrinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Los Gatos Research proposes to develop a new polymer based microfluidics technology for NASA planetary science applications. In particular, we will design, build and demonstrate a micro-capillary electrochromatography instrument based on a rigid monolithic porous polymer structure as the stationary phase to analyze complex organic molecules on Mars, Titan and elsewhere in the solar system. Such high performance, small mass and volume, and low power consumption microfluidic sample separation devices are amenable for implementation at wafer level such as miniaturized "lab-on-a-chip" devices. For the Phase I effort, we will design, construct, and testing the micro-chips. The Phase I research will address issues related to performance as well as production methods that can be used for the technology, as well as designing and determining the integrated micro-device and the Phase II prototype. In the Phase II effort, we will construct and test the final prototypes capable of separating all relevant organic molecules for in-situ planetary explorations, thus provide new capabilities for NASA sample separation instrumentation development.

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