Micro GC's for Contaminant Monitoring in Spacecraft Air

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CB32C
Agency Tracking Number: 095279
Amount: $749,838.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: X2.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Cbana Laboratories
IL, Champaign, IL, 61820-7477
DUNS: 623693533
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 BYUNGHOON BAE
 Principal Investigator
 (217) 721-3352
 BYUNGHOON.BAE@CBANA.COM
Business Contact
 Timothy Hoerr
Title: CEO
Phone: (217) 333-6841
Email: tim.hoerr@cbana.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Based on the successful separation of 20 compounds using a 1 m coated microcolumn in Phase I, we propose to design a new micro-gas chromatograph (microGC) system to separate and detect of all contaminants listed in NASAs "Spacecraft Maximum Allowable Concentrations for Airborne Contaminants (SMACs)" using cabin air as the carrier gas, and to integrate the entire system to maximize the detection of the contaminants with high-sensitivity and accuracy. In order to attain these goals, we will use three sets of preconcentrators, columns, and detectors in parallel, each with the appropriate selectivity for a given class of gases. Light gases will use a packed column, and polar and non-polar gases with their respective stationary phases. The prototype micro-GC/FID will comprise preconcentrators with fast injection valves, microcolumns to separate different gas analytes, an air sampling pump, a water-hydrolysis hydrogen generator to provide enough oxygen and hydrogen for a micro-flame ionization detector, thermal management, controls and circuit board to drive the system.

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