NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 04 S4.01-9989
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Science Instruments for Conducting Solar System Exploration
PROPOSAL TITLE: Spectrometer for Particle Characterization with a New Multiple-Scattering Theory

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Felix ALBA Consultants, Inc.
5760 South Ridge Creek Road
Murray, UT 84107-6617
(801)264-8294

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Felix Alba
felixalba@comcast.net
5760 South Ridge Creek Road
Murray, UT 84107-6617
(801)264-8294

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
There are two major commercial types of light-scattering particle size analyzers: Static Light Scattering and Dynamic Light Scattering. They are expensive, delicate, bulky, and must operate at extremely low particle concentrations. A fundamental mathematical model for high concentrations has been in need for decades and finally developed by the author after 25 years of research and development (METAMODELTM).

UV-NIR spectroscopy has a long successful history for molecular characterization of gases, liquids, or solids but commercial particle size analyzers based on this powerful principle do not exit. Seven impediments for its presence in the market are identified and their resolution either described as already accomplished by the author or achievable with a high probability of success during Phase I.

It is our long-term goal to develop a commercial UV-NIR high dynamic-range, miniaturized, robust spectrometer for particle size analysis in the range 1 nm to 10 um (METASIZERTM). During Phase I, a breadboard prototype to demonstrate feasibility will be developed.

We firmly believe that, due to its expected superior performance and lower cost, our innovation and its derivatives could revolutionize the field of particle sizing in both diluted and concentrated particulates. Applications are innumerable ranging from materials science through pharmaceuticals to environmental.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
* Colloidal engineering in Space. Highly concentrated colloids could be studied without sedimentation with our METAMODELTM theory predicting multiple-scattering effects;

* Aerosol characterization (AERONET, MPLNET, Mars Network);

* Joint atmospheric chemical identification and determination of aerosol particle size distribution and concentration (PSD/Cv);

* Joint biogenic identification and PSD/Cv determination;

* Characterization of jet engine emissions like the Nanometer Aerosol Size Analyzer developed at NASA Langley but with a much broader size range;

* Droplet size characterization of jet fuel sprays with high Cv where multiple-scattering is non-negligible so METAMODELTM is again uniquely positioned;

* Characterization of metal powders (rocket propulsion)

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 100 WORDS)
* Pharmaceutical
* Nano-Composites
* Nano-Medicine
* Food and Beverages
* Materials Science
* Polymers
* Mineral Processing
* Chemical
* Ceramic
* Paper
* Pigments and Coatings
* Cement
* Petrochemical
* Semiconductor
* Bio-Colloids
* Environmental
* Cosmetics