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An RF-powered micro-reactor for the detection of astrobiological target molecules on planetary bodies

Scott, Valerie J. and Tse, Margaret and Shearn, Michael J. and Siegel, Peter H. and Amashukeli, Xenia (2012) An RF-powered micro-reactor for the detection of astrobiological target molecules on planetary bodies. Review of Scientific Instruments, 83 (8). Art. No. 084102. ISSN 0034-6748. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20121029-103200922

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Abstract

We describe a sample-processing micro-reactor that utilizes 60 GHz RF radiation with approximately 730 mW of output power. The instrument design and performance characterization are described and then illustrated with modeling and experimental studies. The micro-reactor's efficiency on affecting hydrolysis of chemical bonds similar to those within large complex molecules was demonstrated: a disaccharide—sucrose—was hydrolyzed completely under micro-reactor conditions. The products of the micro-reactor-facilitated hydrolysis were analyzed using mass spectroscopy and proton nuclear magnetic resonance analytical techniques.


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Tse, Margaret0000-0003-1510-4921
Siegel, Peter H.0000-0002-2539-4646
Additional Information:© 2012 American Institute of Physics. Received 15 April 2012; accepted 4 August 2012; published online 30 August 2012. The research described in this paper was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The research was supported through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program; Dr. V. Scott received support through the NASA Postdoctoral Program.
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NASA Planetary Instrument Definition and Development ProgramUNSPECIFIED
NASA Postdoctoral ProgramUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:astrochemistry, Mars, mass spectroscopy, microreactors, nuclear magnetic resonance, planetary surfaces
Issue or Number:8
Classification Code:PACS: 96.30.Gc; 95.30.Ft; 96.12.Kz
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20121029-103200922
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Official Citation:An RF-powered micro-reactor for the detection of astrobiological target molecules on planetary bodies Valerie J. Scott, Margaret Tse, Michael J. Shearn, Peter H. Siegel, and Xenia Amashukeli, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 83, 084102 (2012), DOI:10.1063/1.4746994
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ID Code:35149
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:30 Oct 2012 21:26
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