Life Marker Chip Wet Chemistry Development Management

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leicester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy


The Life Marker Chip instrument is being developed to search for Life on Mars by looking for organic molecules (biomarkers) that might be assocaited with Life. The instrument needs further development of the chemistry side of the instrument that detects the biomarkers. This grant provides funding for the Lead Institute and Principal Investigator to manage this work being undertaken at Cranfield University and Imperial College London. The Life Marker Chip instrument is being developed for a mission to Mars in 2018 as part of the joint ESA/NASA Mars Exploration Programme.


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Court R (2010) Novel solvent systems for in situ extraterrestrial sample analysis in Planetary and Space Science

Description This grant was part of a series to develop the Life Marker Chip instrument for Mars, for details please see ST/i00209X/1
Description STFC PPRP
Amount £60,019 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2010 
End 04/2010
Description LMC Engineering Collaboration 3B 
Organisation Magna Parva
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Contributions are instrument Life Marker Chip funded by grant with appropriate IP and engineering and scientific design work
Collaborator Contribution Investigation of technologies that can be jointly developed along with sharing of test facilities
Impact See grant ST/I00209X/1
Start Year 2007
Description Schools Societies Various 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Many questions asked during talks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010