Lab-on-a-chip Astrobiology Analyzer

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$65,068.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNA04CB35C
Agency Tracking Number:
034626
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
S4.05
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Real-Time Analyzers, Inc.
87 Church Street, East Hartford, CT, 06108-3728
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
07689
Principal Investigator:
Stuart Farquharson
Principal Investigator
(860) 528-9806
stu@rta.biz
Business Contact:
Stuart Farquharson
Business Official
(860) 528-9806
stu@rta.biz
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The overall goal of this program (through Phase III) is to develop an astrobiology analyzer to measure chemical signatures of life in extraterrestrial settings. The analyzer will employ a lab-on-a-chip to extract biochemical signatures from soil or water samples and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy to detect and identify the signatures. The goal of the Phase I program is to demonstrate feasibility by separating mixtures of amino acids in SER-active sol-gel capillary columns. This will be accomplished by developing new sol-gels that selectively extract the amino acids from flowing water, while at the same time providing SER activity to identify the amino acids, individually and as a class. The Phase II work will design, build and test the proposed prototype lab-on-a-chip analyzer. This will be accomplished by incorporating the sol-gel coated capillaries into a lab-on-a-chip, and performing chemical separation and Raman signal enhancement sufficiently to identify chemical signatures of life.

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