NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 H3.01-8900
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Environmental Monitoring for Spacecraft Cabins
PROPOSAL TITLE: Microchip Capillary Electrophoresis for In Situ Water Analysis

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Leiden Measurement Technology, LLC
773 East El Camino Real, #161
Sunnyvale, CA 94087 - 2919
(408) 351-6720

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Nathan Bramall
773 E El Camino Real#161
Sunnyvale, CA 94087 - 2919
(510) 301-8980

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Richard Quinn
773 E El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087 - 2919
(650) 691-8573

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Environmental Monitoring for Spacecraft Cabins is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
In this Small business Innovate Research (SBIR) project, Leiden Measurement Technology, LLC (LMT) will develop a portable microfludic analysis instrument for measurement of inorganic ions present in potable water supplies, thermal control system cooling water, and human waste water. A primary goal of the Phase I effort is to identify and demonstrate the most viable development path to advance current state-of-the-art NASA microfluidic analytical instrument technology into a user-friendly, compact, and automated instrument platform for use on the International Space Station. In this SBIR Phase I effort, LMT will advance current state-of-the-art technologies by performing a proof-of-concept demonstration of Microchip Capillary Electrophoresis (MCE) with Capacitively-Coupled Contactless Detection (C4D) for the rapid separation, detection and quantification of inorganic ions specified in NASA Spacecraft Water Exposure Guidelines (SWEG). The specific objectives of this Phase I R&D effort are: 1) Design and build a prototype C4D for use with MCE. 2)Assemble a MCE breadboard system for proof-of-concept demonstration of separation of inorganic ions using the C4D prototype.3) Demonstrate the separation of inorganic cations listed in the SWEG using the MCE C4D breadboard. 4)Use the data collected with the prototype to define requirements and develop a design for a Phase II instrument.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed SBIR effort directly satisfies important needs described in NASA SBIR 2015 Subtopic H3.01 Environmental Monitoring for Spacecraft Cabins - Measurement of Inorganic Species in Water. The technology developed will provide new water quality analysis capabilities designed for measurement of inorganic species/contaminates on board the International Space Station and other spacecraft. This directly addresses the NASA Human Exploration and Operations Directorate goals by providing technology to enable the safe and extended use of the International Space Station. The proposed technology is also highly relevant the needs of Human-Robotic Space Exploration and Space Life & Physical Science Research Applications. The instrument will prove improved and enhanced technology to overcome analytical constraints that may be encountered in future Science Exploration missions.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Chemical separation and analysis of inorganic ions from aqueous matrices is a fundamental need in many industries including: pharmaceutical, chemical, food and beverage, environmental, and medical, and biotech. Our SBIR developed compact automated instrument system is particularly suited for the measurement of trace levels of inorganic contaminates in drinking water. The innovative power of our system stems from automation and robustness, which greatly improves portability and allows use in remote regions across the globe. As an automated system for medical applications, our instrument will provide point-of-use technology for the identification and quantification of inorganics (and organics) in biological fluids with lab-on-a-chip analysis. The instrument is well suited for numerous potential commercial applications where separation and of inorganic species is required including: soil analysis, materials science, in situ resource recovery, monitoring of contamination from process systems and catalyst beds.

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.)
Analytical Instruments (Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Energy; see also Sensors)
Analytical Methods
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Essential Life Resources (Oxygen, Water, Nutrients)
Health Monitoring & Sensing (see also Sensors)

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