Micro GC's for Contaminant Monitoring in Spacecraft Air

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CE26P
Agency Tracking Number: 095279
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
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
DUNS: 623693533
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Qingmei Chen
 Principal Investigator
 (217) 244-4872
 qingmei.chen@cbana.com
Business Contact
 Richard Masel
Title: CTO
Phone: (217) 333-6841
Email: 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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