Micro GC's for Contaminant Monitoring in Spacecraft Air

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CE26P
Agency Tracking Number:
095279
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
X2.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Cbana Laboratories
2001 South First Street, Champaign, IL, 61820-7478
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
623693533
Principal Investigator:
Qingmei Chen
Principal Investigator
(217) 244-4872
qingmei.chen@cbana.com
Business Contact:
Richard Masel
CTO
(217) 333-6841
rich.masel@cbana.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of this proposal is to create new gas chromatographs (GCs) for contaminant monitoring in spacecraft air that do not require any reagents or special carrier gases. Under DARPA support, Cbana has created a new class of microGCs that are smaller than ever before and yet show performance similar to those of full scale commercial GCs. In the proposed work we will redesign the GCs so that they can use air as a carrier gas. Key to the device is a very low pressure drop adsorbent bed that can capture the contaminants for analysis and produce a very pure air stream as a carrier gas. Phase I tests will be performed to optimize the performance of the adsorption bed and to verify that the GC columns work with air. The result will lead to a cabin air monitoring system that can detect all of the contaminants listed in the NASA report NASA report "Spacecraft Maximum Allowable Concentrations For Airborne Contaminants" and not require special carrier gases or reagents.

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