SUPERCONDUCTING MAGNET FOR MICROCOIL NMR

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: PHS2001-2
Agency Tracking Number: 1R41RR015996-01
Amount: $142,774.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
AMERICAN MAGNETICS, INC.
112 FLINT RD, OAK RIDGE, TN 37831, OAK RIDGE, TN, 37831
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 YUKIKAZU IWASA
 (617) 253-5548
 IWASA@JOKAKU.MIT.EDU
Business Contact
Phone: (865) 482-1056
Email: ROGER@AMERICANMAGNETICS.COM
Research Institution
 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
CAMBRIDGE, MA, 01255
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (Verbatim from the Applicant's Abstract): The specific aims of this Phase I STTR project, proposed by the American Magnetics, Inc. in partnership with the MIT Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory, are: 1) experimental demonstration of feasibility of innovative design and operation features applicable to NMR Nb3Sn-magnet/cryocooler systems; and 2) completion of a reference design for a prototype to be built by AMI in Phase II, based on which it targets to manufacture and market, in the next few years, a new class of such 350-400MHz (8.2-9.0 T) Nb3Sn-magnet/cryocooler systems, bench-top and "noise-free," for micro coil high resolution NMR spectroscopy. The innovative design and operation features, developed at FBML, include: 1) presence in the "cold body containing the magnet of solid nitrogen to enhance significantly the cold body's heat capacity; and 2) variation in the magnet's temperature, from 8 K when the cryocooler is decoupled from the cold body and idled to make the system quiescent ("noise-free"), until when the re-activated cryocooler is coupled to the cold body for recooling from 10 K to 8 K. NMR measurement is performed during each quiescent period, in commercial units, of about 8 hours, sufficient, for example, for 2D NMR spectra. This periodic measurement-recooling sequence may be continued ad infinitum. PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION: The American Magnetics, Inc. Targets to capture, in the next few years, a niche among the growing field of NMR spectroscopy instrumentation with a new class of bench-top "noise-free" Nb3 Sn-magnet/cryocooler systems, operatable at a frequency in the range 350-400 MHz (8.2-9.0 T), for microcoil high resolution NMR spectroscopy.

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