On-Demand Urine Analyzer

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC04CA50C
Agency Tracking Number: 034580
Amount: $69,970.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: B3.05
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Real-Time Analyzers, Inc.
87 Church Street, East Hartford, CT, 06108-3728
DUNS: 07689
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Frank Inscore
 Principal Investigator
 (860) 528-9806
 inscore@rta.com
Business Contact
 Stuart Farquharson
Title: Business Official
Phone: (860) 528-9806
Email: stu@rta.biz
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research program will develop a novel surface-enhanced Raman (SER) sensor that will perform real-time chemical analysis of urine. It will provide key physiologic information to monitor astronaut health and indicate appropriate preventative treatment. The Phase I program will demonstrate feasibility by establishing the ability of sol-gel chemistry to both select key chemicals: amino acids, biomarkers, drugs, and metabolites, and enhance their Raman signals. The Phase II program will design and build a prototype ?On-Demand Urine Analyzer? for ground-based measurement. This will include interfacing the SER sensor between a sampling system and a Raman instrument. The Phase II program will also design a low mass, low power version of this system (Figure 1) to be used on the International Space Station (ISS) and other vehicles employed during extended space flight missions (e.g. Mars expedition).

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