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Battery Research and Development

THE SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL ECONOMY RUNS ON BATTERIES 

Advances in battery technologies are at the forefront of a sustainable global economy, and refinements that further reduce the cost and optimize the performance of batteries are essential. SRC, through our technology partner suppliers, provides laboratories pursuing these refinements with pivotal technologies for battery R&D and QA/QC. Please keep reading to learn more about instrumentation from SRC and our innovative suppliers.

OXFORD INSTRUMENTS

OXFORD INSTRUMENTS

Electrolytes are a key component in battery performance. Oxford Instruments’ benchtop NMR technology can quickly and easily distinguish between the diffusion behavior of different electrolyte
solvents and help characterize important parameters such as conductivity and ion transference. For battery R&D, the Oxford Instruments X-Pulse Broadband Benchtop NMR Spectrometer provides critical data for electrolyte design.To learn more, click here to download the X-Pulse Application Note 20

PHYSICAL ELECTRONICS

PHYSICAL ELECTRONICS

X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) from Physical Electronics (PHI) is an important tool for
battery material research and development. XPS can provide insights into battery performance at realistic operating conditions, and help determine the precise location of interfaces between battery components. Electronic band structure of organic and inorganic materials can also be characterized using XPS.To learn more, click here to download the PHI XPS Battery Characterization Application Note.

NANOSURF

NANOSURF

The Flex AFM Atomic Force Microscope from Nanosurf can be used to characterize the surface topography of battery materials and components. The AFM tip can also be made electrically active and
used as a probe for nanoscale conductive/ resistive pathways. Measurements can be done within an
electrochemical cell to passively observe changes due to charge/discharge events.To learn more, click here to download the Nanosurf Flex AFM Brochure

WITEC

WITEC

Raman Imaging Systems from WITec provide comprehensive battery material characterization.
Raman imaging can highlight the distribution of electrolyte and electrode materials and investigate
their crystallinity.To learn more, click here to download the WITec Alpha300 R Brochure.

BROOKHAVEN INSTRUMENTS

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Battery particle charge (zeta potential) can affect slurry production and stability. The Brookhaven
Instruments NanoBrook Omni provides fast, routine measurement of submicron particle size and zeta
potential. This technology will help you understand sedimentation and agglomeration.To learn more, click here to download the NanoBrook Omni Brochure

AMBIVALUE

Battery AMBIVALUE

AmbiValue’s EyeTech™ Particle Size and Shape Analyzer provides fast and accurate particle size and
shape analysis. Particle morphology is key for achieving optimal battery performance because particle shape affects slurry rheology, electrode coating density, porosity and uniformity.To learn more, click here to download the EyeTech Brochure
Research Corporation Your Partner in Battery Research and Development

Biolin Scientific Attension Seminar 2021

Attension Seminar 2021

Welcome to our Attension Seminar-30th of November, 2021!

We are happy to invite you to an exciting seminar online where researchers from both academy and industry come together to share their insight and experience in practical applications for surface tension and contact angle. Have a look at the agenda for our two sessions below and sign up today!

Morning session

Time Presentation Speaker and title
09:00 – 09:10 am Welcome/Introduction  Biolin Scientific
09:10 – 09:30 am Surface tension evaluation of small volume samples through the pendant drop method Iria Torres Teran, Sanofi

 

09:30 – 09:50 am Surface tension measurements of METNINTM lignin fractions Petri Ihalainen, Metgen
09:50 – 10:10 am Using Theta Flex for bioproducts research at Aalto University Timo Kotilahti, Aalto University
10:10 – 10:30 am TBD
10:30 – 11:00 am Improve Accuracy and Repeatability of Contact Angle Measurements with the Theta Flow    Susanna Laurén, Biolin Scientific
11:00 – 11:15 am  Break
11:15 – 11:35 am Assessing surface properties of heterogeneous and porous biological origin building materials, such as wood Jakub Sandak, Innorenew
11:35 – 11:55 am Optimizing characterization of wetting behaviour of milk powders by contact angle measurements Riitta Partanen, Valio
11:55 – 12:15 pm Wettability in gluing and finishing processes of lignocellulosic materials Tomasz Krystofiak, Poznań University of Life Sciences
12:15 – 12:45 pm Importance of goniometry study in membrane science Joanna Kujawa, Nicolaus Copernicus University
12:45 – 1:30 pm Q&A

All times are in CET (Central European Time)

Evening session

Seminar Announcement : 3D Bioprinting is Medicine’s Next Frontier

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3D Bioprinting is Medicine’s Next Frontier

The growing push for 3-D tissue models is limited by challenges in automated handling, processing, and scalability of the technology to various types of materials and high-throughput applications. To meet these challenges, 4D bioprinting and human-cell derived ECM bioinks can allow researchers to biologically mimic the formation of complex, heterogeneous 3-D structures and to scale the technology to high-throughput and clinically translatable applications. This webinar will discuss the latest megatrends behind bioprinting developments as well as scientific and medical applications developed for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, preclinical screening and testing, veterinary medicine, as well as personalized drug and food development. Some key topics to be discussed include:

  • Key advantages of 3D bioprinting over other techniques
  • Alterations in cellular physiology of cells in 3D vs. 2D
  • Megatrends behind bioprinting’s importance in biomedicine
  • Introduction of biomedical applications of bioprinting across various disciplines
  • ROKIT Healthcare’s work in clinical translation of bioprinting in the operating room
  • Built-in cell incubator, diverse material use, and high-throughput capabilities of all-in-one bioprinting platforms

The seminar reinforces the significance of bioprinting advancements in the age of Industry 4.0 – as a movement aligned with global megatrends in healthcare toward personalized medicine, computer-aided production of biological processes, and autologous regenerative therapy.

 

 

Guest

Guest Speaker:

• Da-Yae Lee
Senior Bio-Consultant & Project Leader

When:

Thursday 8 September
9-10 am – Conference (in-person & virtual)
10:00 am- 12:00 pm – Workshop (limited spaces,
priority to 1st registered)

Where:

Conference room at the Centre
Québecois d’Innovation en
Biotechnologie (CQIB),
500 Bd Cartier O, Laval, QC H7V 5B7

Seminar Announcement : 3D Bioprinting is Medicine’s Next Frontier

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Integrate, Customize and Make Accessible:
3D Bioprinting is Medicine’s Next Frontier

The growing push for 3-D tissue models is limited by challenges in automated handling, processing, and scalability of the technology to various types of materials and high-throughput applications. To meet these challenges, 4D bioprinting and human-cell derived ECM bioinks can allow researchers to biologically mimic the formation of complex, heterogeneous 3-D structures and to scale the technology to high-throughput and clinically translatable applications. This webinar will discuss the latest megatrends behind bioprinting developments as well as scientific and medical applications developed for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, preclinical screening and testing, veterinary medicine, as well as personalized drug and food development. Some key topics to be discussed include:

  • Key advantages of 3D bioprinting over other techniques
  • Alterations in cellular physiology of cells in 3D vs. 2D
  • Megatrends behind bioprinting’s importance in biomedicine
  • Introduction of biomedical applications of bioprinting across various disciplines
  • ROKIT Healthcare’s work in clinical translation of bioprinting in the operating room
  • Built-in cell incubator, diverse material use, and high-throughput capabilities of all-in-one bioprinting platforms

The seminar reinforces the significance of bioprinting advancements in the age of Industry 4.0 – as a movement aligned with global megatrends in healthcare toward personalized medicine, computer-aided production of biological processes, and autologous regenerative therapy.

Guest

Guest Speaker:

• Da-Yae Lee
Senior Bio-Consultant & Project Leader

When:

Thursday 9 September
9-11 am – Conference (in-person & virtual)
1:45-5:00 pm – Personalized meetings

Where:

Conference: l’hôpital Saint François d’Assise
A0-202 (Amphithéâtre Roger-Breault)

Meetings: Univeristé Laval
Pavillon Adrien-Pouliot, Room: PLT-3510

Joint webinar on Dental Implant 3D Printing & Surface Characterization

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How to Harness the Advantages of 3D Printing of Ceramics for Dental Applications

3D printing of ceramics enables a design freedom that is not achievable using tradition methods in the dental industry.

We will discuss how we can achieve with our Ceramics 3D printers tight tolerances while maintaining high strength and hardness that are
comparable to tradition manufacturing technologies.

Case studies will highlight some of the success stories that we have achieved for dental applications.

Best Tips for Dental Implants Surface Characterization

Our experts will bring you all they have learned from the multiple surface measurements they have taken on samples from the dental implant field.

Key Topics:

  • How to evaluate the roughness of a dental implant?
  • Other topographic evaluations (different surface color, reflectivity, shape, coatings, texture…
  • What to find in a 3D topography that you cannot find in a 2D topography?
  • The most suitable techniques for Dental implants Research and Quality Control

Webinar: Tuesday April 27, 2021, 11:00-12:00 EST

 

Guest Speakers:
Peter Durcan
VP of Sales for North America
Peter Durcan with over 3 years in additive ceramics, a bachelor of commerce degree holder with an MBA from the Open University, United Kingdom. Peter, an Irish national who has been running the North American market with 3D Ceram for the past 2 years.
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Natalia Bermejo
Product SpecialistNatalia joined Sensofar shortly after finishing her bachelor’s degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 2018. Since then, she has been
providing technical and application’s support for the Sales Team, as well as training and installing systems for prospective clients and customers. In 2020, Natalia moved to Silicon Valley, providing support to high-tech companies, as well as being the bridge between Sensofar and California’s distributor of the Sensofar brand. Currently, Natalia has returned to Barcelona HQ, and she’s has taken on an additional role supporting the Marketing Team, participating in content generation for the Sensofar channel.
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New Supplier Announcement

Cordouan

SRC is pleased to announce that we have concluded an agreement with Cordouan Technologies to be exclusive distributor in Canada of their VASCO KIN™ particle analyzer— a role we take on with great enthusiasm.

VASCO KIN™ 

The VASCO KIN™ is a Nanoparticle Size Analyzer. A new generation of time-resolved instruments for accurate kinetic analyses combined with an in situ and contactless remote optical head. It allows for real-time monitoring of nanoparticle synthesis, agglomeration or the stability of suspensions using Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS). With a single and continuous measurement, VASCO KIN™ gives access to all characterization data of a reaction (size distribution, scattered intensity, correlogramms, etc.).

 

VASCO KIN

Key features and benefits

  • Frequency stabilized laser and artefact-free Avalanche Photodiode (APD) detector
    → High measurement accuracy
    → Very low sample scattering
  • Embedded dedicated PC, including software correlation and complete and dedicated software NanoKin®
    → User-friendly interface
    → Photon-counts storage for time-resolved analysis and post-analysis
    → Full reports, including kinetic analysis
  • Enhanced mathematical models
    → Better reliability of results
    → 2D colormap of size distribution over time

Main specifications

  • Measurement principle: Optical fiber Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS)
  •  Measurement configuration: in situ / contactless remote probe
  • Particle size range: 0.5 nm  to 10 µm*
  • Concentration range: up to 40% wt*
  • Measurement time: from 2s up to 12 hours
  • Time resolution: down to 200 ms
  • Small footprint, no moving parts, and easy-to-integrate in harsh environments

About Cordouan Technologies

Cordouan Technologies is a French company specializing in advanced solutions for characterization (size, charge, etc.) of nanoparticles and nanomaterials. They develop, industrialize, manufacture and sell innovative instruments dedicated to academic research and industrial applications (process monitoring, quality control and R&D).

Cordouan Technologies’ unique product portfolio stems from patented and innovative technologies transferred from prestigious institutes, including Institut Français du Pétrole (IFPEN), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Institut Charles Sadron (ICS).

 

Nanosurf webinars and live demonstrations

Nanosurf webinars

Nanosurf regularly holds webinars on topics of interest to our industry as well as live demonstrations of Nanosurf AFMs. All these events are free of charge and open to everyone. We hope to be able to provide you with an interesting learning opportunity during these times of restricted possibilities.

Introduction to the DriveAFM

On March 25, we are holding a webinar for everyone who is interested in learning more about the DriveAFM. Dr. Christian Bippes, the product manager for the DriveAFM, will be holding an in-depth presentation, and will be available for an extensive Q&A session.

During the presentation Christian will show several example measurements he has made in the past weeks, and explain how he was able to achieve these results using the DriveAFM, also touching on the technology enabling this astounding image quality.

March 25, 2021 | 09:00 CET (Zurich)

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March 25, 2021 | 18:00 CET (Zurich)

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HOPG topography recorded in static mode on 100 µm scanner

HOPG topography recorded in static mode on 100 µm scanner

 

3D topography of a grating structure with 390 nm deep trenches and an aspect ratio of ~2.2

3D topography of a grating structure with 390 nm deep trenches and an aspect ratio of of – 2.2

High-resolution topography image of double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) adsorbed to mica in buffer solution

High-resolution topography image of double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) adsorbed to mica in buffer solution

MFM images of a Shakti lattice

MFM images of a Shakti lattice

 

 

Conductive AFM on ITO

Conductive AFM on ITO

 

 

Cell-cell adhesion force studied with Flex-FPM

Cell-cell adhesion force studied with Flex-FPM

Cell-cell adhesion force studied with Flex-FPM

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New Hire Announcement

Vlad Shuster

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SRC is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Vlad Shuster for the position of Account Manager—Ontario and the Atlantic Provinces, commencing March 8, 2021.

Vlad studied chemistry in Israel and Canada, obtaining a B. Sc. in Medicinal Chemistry (2002) and an M. Sc. in Polymer Chemistry from Bar-Ilan University (2004) and an M. Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Ottawa (2010).

Prior to joining SRC, Vlad has occupied different scientific and sales/business development roles at Johnson and Johnson (Omrix Biopharmaceuticals), Scintrextrace Corporation, Laser Distance Spectrometry, CEM Specialties/ABB Channel Partner and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Vlad is a results-oriented, assertive and self-motivated individual with strong technical and commercial skills. He is poised for success in his new role at SRC and we are thrilled to have him join the ACA Group of Companies.

Contact Vlad at  Spectra Research Corporation

 

December 2020 Edition

New Technology

Introducing the DriveAFM high-performance atomic force microscope system

The DriveAFM, Nanosurf‘s new flagship instrument, utilizes the latest technology to deliver stable, high-performance performance. It was designed to fulfill the needs of top-notch research, today and in the future.

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New Product Line – Sphere Fluidics

SRC is pleased to announce its new product line from Sphere Fluidics—novel single cell analysis systems for the rapid screening and characterisation of single cells. Sphere’s patented picodroplet technology is designed to increase the chances of finding that rare molecule or cell that can lead to a life-changing medicine.

[Webinar Series]

Recordings are available online

at our resource centre – check them out!

  • Rokit for free webinar regarding cellular physiology of cancer cells in 3D
  • Sensofar Applications: Archeology & Paleontology Webinar
  • The Analytical Power of Correlative Raman Imaging: New Developments, Tools and Applications
  • Application of Atomic Force Microscopy in Virology Research by Asylum Research
  • Apium 3D Printing Application Webinar

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SRC Partners with Sphere Fluidics

SRC is pleased to announce that we have signed an agreement with Sphere Fluidics, an established UK life sciences tools company, giving SRC the exclusive right to sell Sphere Fluidics products in Canada. Spun out from the University of Cambridge, Sphere Fluidics has won over 50 international business and innovation awards—and now has exclusive agreements with 11 distributors across the world.

Sphere’s impressive array of patented products – biochips and specialist chemicals –currently assist hundreds of customers globally with their research. Sphere has a range of novel single cell encapsulation instruments and consumables that perform high-throughput singe cell (and molecule) analysis. 

Cyto-Mine®

Sphere’s main platform, Cyto-Mine®, is the next generation single cell analysis system for antibody discovery and cell line development. Current processes for finding novel antibody targets or developing stable cell lines are time consuming and inefficient. Cyto-Mine® allows you to accelerate, automate and simplify your antibody discovery and cell line development workflows.

Within several hours, it can automatically screen tens of millions of single cells in miniaturised aqueous picoliter compartments called picodroplets. The picodroplets are assayed for single cells that secrete valuable proteins (e.g. antibodies) and imaged (for monoclonality assurance) during subsequent dispensing of “hits”. Cyto-Mine® is enabling, increases throughput and reduces costs and time for biopharmaceutical discovery and development. 

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Sphere Fluidics

Picodroplet Single Cell Assay and Isolation System 

Sphere Fluidics research instruments are designed to assist you in finding highly valuable and rare biological variants among vast cell populations. By increasing speed and reducing cost, their picodroplet technology can help you save resources while boosting your chances of success.

Sphere Fluidics currently has two research instruments that enable you to generate, sort, and retrieve picodroplets for a range of applications. These are the Picodroplet Single Cell Encapsulation System and the Picodroplet Single Cell Assay and Isolation System. Both are compatible with their range of microfluidic specialist chemicals and biochips, as well as other standard and custom biochips from other sources.

ESI-Mine™

ESI-Mine™ is a label-free platform for high-throughput, miniaturised electrospray injection mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). It can test up to 200,000 biomolecular samples (e.g. peptides, enzymes, antibodies, metabolites and small molecules) per day in miniaturized volumes of 500-700pL (picodroplets) facilitating more efficient screening and analysis in bioproduction or synthetic biology processes.

Applying this novel approach, researchers can create a large library of picodroplets containing microorganisms producing proteins or small molecules of interest for analysis. One major drawback of using MS in analysis is that samples are usually destroyed and cannot be retrieved. To overcome this total sample destruction by ESI-MS, Sphere has developed a unique microfluidics workflow where picodroplets are split into two replicate streams with identical clones, one stream is analyzed by ESI‐MS, and the second stream is subsequently ‘held’ and only those ‘hit’ daughter picodroplets sorted based on the result of the MS analysis.

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Cyto-Cellect™ Human IgGκ Detection Kit

Sphere Fluidics’ Cyto-Cellect™ Human IgGκ Detection Kit, in combination with the Cyto-Mine® Single Cell Analysis System, offers a sensitive and robust assay ideal for streamlining cell isolation and titer determination. When picodroplets are formed during the Cyto-Mine® workflow, the Human IgGκ Detection probes are co-encapsulated with the cells to enable the detection of secreted IgG. The Cyto-Cellect™ Human IgGκ Detection Kit is a simple FRET assay that detects the presence of IgG with kappa light chain within picodroplets immediately after secretion from encapsulated cells. 

Sphere Fluidics customers

Sphere has an impressive list of customers in North America and around the globe who use their products and have published data at conferences or in scientific papers on their instruments. These include Janssen (US), GSK (UK and Spain), Merck (Germany), UCB (Belgium), Manchester University (UK) and Texas A&M (US).

Contact

Click here to contact SRC to learn more about Sphere Fluidics and their products.