NASA STTR 2019-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 19-1- T6.06-3677
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Spacecraft Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Metal-Organic Framework-Sensitized ChemFET Sensors for Spacecraft Water Monitoring Systems
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC):
RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
Name:  Nanosonic, Inc.
Name:  Virginia Tech
Street:  158 Wheatland Drive
Street:  321 Davidson Hall
City:  Pembroke
City:  Blacksbur
State/Zip:  VA 24136-3645
State/Zip:  VA 24061
PHONE:  (540) 626-6266
PHONE:  (540) 231-5585

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
Lee Williams
E-mail:
lwilliams@nanosonic.com
Address:
158 Wheatland Drive Pembroke, VA 24136 - 3645
Phone:
(540) 626-6266

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
Melissa Campbell
E-mail:
mcampbell@nanosonic.com
Address:
158 Wheatland Drive Pembroke, VA 24136 - 3645
Phone:
(540) 626-6266
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 4
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

The objective of this STTR research effort is to demonstrate the use of select metal-organic framework (MOF) constructs as active, multi-analyte sensing element in spacecraft water monitoring systems. MOFs are extended one, two, and three-dimensional coordination networks with uniform porosity and large surface area. The rational selection of both the metal cluster nodes and multi-dentate linkers drive structural attributes as well as introduce environmentally sensitive behavior to the resulting material. Optical, electrochemical, and mechanical properties inherent to MOFs and sensitive to analytes present in a specific environment will be leveraged to design sensors based on NanoSonic’s established nano-membrane-based chemical field effect transistor (ChemFET) platform. NanoSonic will combine analyte-sensitive MOFs designed during this program with our advanced nanotechnology thin-film deposition processes and ChemFET architecture to produce a series of sensors for in situ water quality monitoring.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Water storage health monitoring systems.

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

The market for such self‐reporting sensor units would include federal government agencies involved in
environmental monitoring and clean‐up, humanitarian aid organizations concerned about local water
quality, the public works departments of local and state governments, industries scrutinized for
environmental compliance, and federal military and security organizations.

Duration: 13

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