In this Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I Project, Leiden Measurement
Technology (LMT) developed and breadboarded a low-volume analyte separation, concentration,
and transfer system, known as ConTech. For our phase I breadboard-prototype, we coupled this
technology with a compact subcritical water (SCW) extractor and demonstrated an end-to-end
system that can be used to extract, separate, concentrate, and transfer inorganic and organic
analytes from complex host matrixes (e.g., soil, regolith) to a broad range of analytical
instruments in-situ. ConTech provides a low-risk technology for in-situ sample extraction, manipulation, storage and transfer to support analytical instrumentation. The technology will be developed for compatibility with state-of-art in-situ instruments currently under development by NASA including: microfluidic based systems, bioarrays, gas chromatographs, high-performance liquid chromatographs, UV fluorimeters, Raman spectrometers, and mass spectrometers.