NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S4.05-8480
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Contamination Control and Planetary Protection
PROPOSAL TITLE: Vapor Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilization System for Contamination Control

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Reactive Innovations, LLC
2 Park Drive, Unit 4
Westford, MA 01886 - 3525
(978) 692-4664

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Daniel Carr
2 Park Drive, Unit 4
Westford, MA 01886 - 3525
(978) 692-4664

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Michael C. Kimble
2 Park Drive, Unit 4
Westford, MA 01886 - 3525
(978) 692-4664

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Contamination Control and Planetary Protection 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)
NASA mission planners continue to develop plans for investigating celestial bodies including Europa, Enceladus, and Mars for potential life detection. Contamination Control and Planetary Protection requirements focus on both forward and backward contamination from such bodies where a number of acceptable processes have been developed for sterilizing spacecraft hardware and sample return materials. In particular for backward contamination control, NASA has shown that vaporized hydrogen peroxide is an effective method for sterilizing samples and surfaces. However, for long duration exploration missions, stored hydrogen peroxide solutions lose their efficacy. To ensure an effective vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization process for return trips, Reactive Innovations, LLC proposes to develop a miniaturized vapor hydrogen peroxide generator that produces this sterilant in situ using only water and DC electrical energy. With this approach, surfaces and sample return materials can be effectively sterilized during sample collection using a NASA approved sterilant.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This vaporized hydrogen peroxide generator will serve NASA's needs for contamination control and planetary protection. Integrating this peroxide generator into sterilization system will enable an effective sterilant to be produced for long duration missions where stored hydrogen peroxide is not feasible. Further, reclaiming the oxygen and water breakdown products from hydrogen peroxide sterilization processes can be reprocessed within the peroxide generator hardware minimizing mass expendables.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Commercial opportunities for the hydrogen peroxide generator may be directed toward medical equipment sterilization. Integrating this generator into sterilizers will enable fresh hydrogen peroxide to be generated overcoming storage concerns that can lead to a loss of efficacy over time. Additionally, recurring sterilization costs would be reduced for the operators using on-demand generated hydrogen peroxide rather than using resupply of hydrogen peroxide cartridges. Toward a more effective sterilization system, Reactive's hydrogen peroxide generator may be combined with a comparable ozone generator Reactive produces. Both hydrogen peroxide and ozone are effective sterilants in themselves, however, combining the two sterilants together produces hydroxyl radicals that are extremely effective for sterilization processes. This combined hydrogen peroxide and ozone sterilization system would compete favorably to existing hydrogen peroxide/gas plasma sterilization systems that create powerful hydroxyl radicals as well.

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.)
Food (Preservation, Packaging, Preparation)
Material Handing & Packaging
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)
Waste Storage/Treatment

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