Spectradyne LLC supports innovative research into nanoparticle characterization through its annual Experimental Innovation Award (EIA). The purpose of this program is to encourage new, ground-breaking research efforts in the area of nanoparticle characterization using the innovative Spectradyne nCS1 instrument. As a new technology in nanoparticle analysis, the nCS1 offers high-resolution nanoparticle sizing and concentration measurements that overcome the limitations of existing light scattering-based techniques.
The EIA is open to PhD graduate students at a North American college or university who are studying biotechnology, biochemistry, biopharmaceuticals, material science/engineering or other related fields having an interest in nanoparticle analysis. Students are encouraged to apply for the EIA in order to use Spectradyne's nCS1 to support their research work.
Spectradyne's nCS1 instrument relies on nanofabricated disposable analysis cartridges. These microfluidic devices are based on a unique patented nanoparticle analyzer (NPA) technology that uses resistive pulse sensing. This enables the electrical detection of nanoparticles as they pass one by one through a nanoconstriction. A single nanoparticle increases the electrical resistance of the suspending fluid as it passes through the nanoconstriction, giving rise to a voltage pulse whose size is proportional to the nanoparticle volume and whose duration of the pulse gives the velocity.
Different size cartridges give access to different size ranges of nanoparticles, ranging from 40 nm in diameter up to several micrometers.
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Spectradyne's nCS1 provides accurate, high-resolution particle size and concentration distributions for particles of all material types. The use of resistive pulse sensing for detecting the particle size responds the same way when presented with particles of biological, organic or inorganic origin, giving e.g. the same result for gold NPs, virus and lipids of the same diameter. For more information or to arrange a demonstration of the technology, please contact us.