Moires Instruments is a North Carolina based startup that was founded in 2021 as a spinout from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. The company's vision is to become a leading provider of technology that enables precise control of polar molecules and their interactions. Our first product is an advanced sensor for detecting and identifying isomers much faster and easier than is currently possible with traditional MS-HPLC methods.
Moires Instruments has been funded by the National Science Foundation to advance our core Stark Microchip Technology® in order to more readily and rapidly detect, identify, and characterize chemical isomers and their different conformational forms.
We develop various topologies of microstructured electrodes and high electric fields to manipulate and distinguish molecules. Molecules may be pushed or pulled by the fields depending on their orientations in the field and the magnitude of their polarity (“dipole moment”) which, in turn, is highly sensitive to the molecule’s 3D shape.
Since molecular isomers weigh the same, their identification via mass spectrometry is complicated and typically requires time-consuming “method development” work. Our sensor, on the other hand, reduces this work by using dipole moments to distinguish all isomers and their conformers in a single spectrum, resulting in 2-to-3 orders of magnitude higher isomer/conformer discrimination capabilities.
Yes! We've filed several patents on our core technology and will be adding more.
Our Stark Microchip Technology is a platform technology that can be applied to various scenarios that can benefit from a precise (quantum-state level) control of neutral molecules. For example, quantum computing, quantum superchemistry, precise chemical reactions, drug discovery & verification, etc.
Yes - we'd be happy to connect and explore your needs and how we may best leverage our expertise to help you. In general, we can help with the design and manufacturing of the device.
Certainly! We are always on a lookout for opportunity to integrate our technology with others to unlock new capabilities or enhance existing ones. Send us an email or get in touch with Liam, Dave, or Demitri.
Yes! But please note that we look for investors that have substantial experience with "hardware" businesses rather than software businesses. Of course, many modern technologies are based on combination of both but we find that there is a difference in approach and expectations between VCs that invest in hardware and those that invest in software. We align better with the former.
The NSF SBIR “Beat-the-Odds Boot Camp” provides Phase I awardees with entrepreneurial training designed for early-stage companies that draws on the methods and customer discovery curriculum used in the NSF I-Corps™ Program.
The North Carolina Board of Science,
Technology & Innovation, has awarded $75,000 to Moires Instruments to further develop their innovative technology.
National Science Foundation awarded US$256,000 to Moires Instruments as part of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program for "A Radio Frequency Quadrupole Stark Decelerator to Identify Isomers and Conformers and Measure their Effective Dipole Moments"