NASA STTR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 T6.02-9958
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Advanced Portable Sensor Technology for High-Purity Oxygen Determination
PROPOSAL TITLE: Portable High Sensitivity and High Resolution Sensor to Determine Oxygen Purity Levels

NAME: Innosense, LLC NAME: The Research Foundation of SUNY
STREET: 2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127 STREET: 402 Crofts Hall
CITY: Torrance CITY: Buffalo
STATE/ZIP: CA  90505 - 5245 STATE/ZIP: NY  14260 - 3000
PHONE: (310) 530-2011 PHONE: (716) 645-4408

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Uma Sampathkumaran
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127
Torrance, CA 90505 - 5245
(310) 530-2011

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

The objective of this Phase I STTR project is to develop a highly sensitive oxygen (O2) sensor, with high accuracy and precision, to determine purity levels of high concentration (> 99%) O2 gas streams. This sensor will meet NASA applications for on-orbit O2 purity checks in portable life support systems (PLSS) and during in situ O2 production activities. InnoSense LLC (ISL) will utilize its proprietary Chemical Fingerprint (TM) sensor array fabrication technology in this project coupled with the combinatorial analysis and high throughput sensor evaluation capabilities of the STTR partner. In Phase I, ISL will engineer a working model and demonstrate NASA use potential of the technology. Upon fine-tuning various parameters in Phase II, the system performance will be tested with a prototype hardware. For assuring success of this project, ISL has assembled a technical team with a cumulative 90 person-years of experience in developing commercially viable sensor systems.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

NASA vision calls for safe, affordable human missions beyond Earth orbit to Mars, and through the Solar System. Monitoring and controlling of the life-support process needs to be performed by devices having attributes such as: (a) high accuracy and precision, (b) reduced size and weight, (c) long operational life, (d) reliable performance, (e) minimal calibration and maintenance requirements, and (f) portability. Oxygen is the "breath of life" in the environmental life support system (ECLS) for space-craft crew habitat and during extravehicular activities (EVA). In situ O2 production is likely in the future. The proposed sensor technology will provide NASA with a low-cost, robust, highly sensitive and accurate O2 sensor in a portable format.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

The multiplexing capabilities of the device make it very attractive for applications ranging from environmental monitoring to process control. A study by Frost & Sullivan titled " World Gas Sensors, Detectors and Analyzers Market" reveals that these markets earned revenues of over $1 billion in 2005 and estimates this to exceed $1.4 billion in 2012 (Source: Frost and Sullivan Report MC1377591, August 31, 2006). Pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, fermentation monitoring, cell culturing, and tissue culturing represent additional important applications. Upon repackaging, the device will have applications in firefighting, hazardous material response, hazardous material workers, industrial safety workers (e.g., coal miners, steel workers, etc.), and industrial confined space monitoring associated with many occupations (e.g., industrial chemical manufacturing).

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Air Transportation & Safety
Algorithms/Control Software & Systems (see also Autonomous Systems)
Analytical Instruments (Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Energy; see also Sensors)
Analytical Methods
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Coatings/Surface Treatments
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Detectors (see also Sensors)
Essential Life Resources (Oxygen, Water, Nutrients)
Fire Protection
Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing
Health Monitoring & Sensing (see also Sensors)
In Situ Manufacturing
Isolation/Protection/Shielding (Acoustic, Ballistic, Dust, Radiation, Thermal)
Lifetime Testing
Material Handing & Packaging
Materials & Structures (including Optoelectronics)
Materials (Insulator, Semiconductor, Substrate)
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE; NDT)
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)
Physiological/Psychological Countermeasures
Process Monitoring & Control
Processing Methods
Protective Clothing/Space Suits/Breathing Apparatus
Sensor Nodes & Webs (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport)
Simulation & Modeling
Smart/Multifunctional Materials
Space Transportation & Safety
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)

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