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Posted: September 16, 2008
NanoSight Adds Temperature Control to Nanoparticle Characterization Systems
(Nanowerk News) NanoSight Limited, the nanoparticle characterization company, has announced additional temperature control capability for its family of instrumentation.
As temperature directly affects diffusion speeds, the measurement of temperature has always been a key variable in NanoSight analysis. Temperature is routinely measured by NanoSight instruments and, when using aqueous systems, look-up tables embedded in the software will apply the appropriate viscosity. Users of other solvents may input the viscosity manually.
In response to user requests, NanoSight has now introduced a temperature- controlled stage, which operates from five degrees below ambient to 50°C. This may be retrofitted to the NanoSight LM20 instrument. This stage meets two immediate needs: for life-sciences users, it can operate at mammalian body temperatures. For users working in solvents, it can maintain 25°C, the standard temperature for readily-available viscosity data. Accuracy is provided to a level of +/- 1°C and is controlled directly from the systemís software.
For more information about NanoSight and how their instrumentation is applied to applications in both the biological and materials sciences, please visit www.nanosight.co.uk.
NanoSight Ltd, of Salisbury, UK, is the world leading provider of instruments for the optical detection and real time analysis of sub-micron particles. The Company supplies unique instruments for nanoparticle analysis in the sub-micron region that go far beyond existing light scattering techniques in characterising polydispersed systems. The company currently has over 100 systems in service worldwide having begun commercial sales in 2006.
The Companyís proprietary knowledge and expertise has enabled the delivery of technologies to blue chip companies and universities for direct visualisation of individual nanoscale particles in suspension from which independent quantitative estimation of particle size, size distribution and concentration are immediately obtained. The Company has recently launched additions to its advanced Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA) software that build on the ground-breaking work of NanoSightís LM20 and LM10 systems.
The Company has a growing base of users worldwide, including BASF, GlaxoSmithKline, 3M Corp, BP, ICI, Roche & Unilever and many universities.