Spectradyne Experimental Innovation Award

Use Spectradyne's nCS1TM to pursue cutting-edge research!


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.

Winners of this highly competitive award receive the following:

  • Use of an nCS1 instrument for a two month period to gather data
  • An adequate supply of disposable microfluidic cartridges
  • Comprehensive instrument training and on-going technical support
  • A paid trip to an appropriate North American conference within 6 months of project completion to present results (if the results of the study are accepted for presentation at the conference).

Proposals are judged on the following criteria:

  • Scientific merit
  • Appropriate use of nCS1 technology
  • Ability to obtain significant measurable results within the two month instrument loan period

Proposal Submission:

Proposals submitted to the EIA program should include a detailed description of the intended research plan, including hypothesis and experiment plan highlighting how the capabilities of the nCS1 will benefit the research. Proposals are limited to three pages in length. Proposal submissions should include the proposer's CV, a letter of recommendation from the proposer's thesis advisor, and contact information for two additional references (other than thesis advisor).

The EIA competition is closed for the current period. Please check back in early 2018 for the next EIA competition.

Data collected using the nCS1 must be shared with Spectradyne for development purposes, and in turn may be used by Spectradyne for promotional purposes (with appropriate credit given to the researcher). Student must acknowledge Spectradyne in any presentation or publication when using nCS1 data. Spectradyne reserves the right not to select any proposals if none are deemed to adequately meet the judging criteria.

For any questions concerning the EIA, please contact Lew Brown (lew.brown@spectradynellc.com).

All proposals should be submitted to Lew Brown at lew.brown@spectradynellc.com.

Download a PDF of the EIA announcement here!

Microfluidic cartridges

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.

Read about our microfluidic technology.


Particles of any material

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.


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