New Hire Announcement – George Kameka

George Kameka

SRC is pleased to announce the recent hiring of George Kameka as Account Manager for Western Canada covering the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia commencing November 23, 2021.

George obtained a B.Sc. in chemistry from Concordia University in Montreal and started his career at Metrohm/Brinkmann Instruments in Mississauga. After two years he accepted the technical sales representative position for Western Canada in Calgary.

George worked for Mettier Toledo for 15 years, the first seven as a sales specialist for electrochemical and weighing products, working out of Calgary and covering Western Canada. The following eight years he worked as advanced instrument sales specialist (thermal analysis, automated reactors and in-situ analysis), covering Ontario and Western Canada.

George also worked for three years for ThermoFisher Scientific as a technical sales representative for the ICP, ICP-MS, GC, GC_MS products, covering Western Canada from Calgary.

George is a technical sales representative with extensive industry experience and expertise in scientific instrumentation and equipment sales in a broad array of industries. He has proven success in developing competitive market strategies for direct and distribution sales and promotes new business through effective presentations and product demonstrations at trade shows and client sites. George builds and maintains relationships with customers by collaborating with them to identify their technical and business needs—SRC is most pleased to welcome him to our team.

Contact

George Kameka
Account Manager, West
Spectra Research Corporation

 

Additive Manufacturing of Ceramics for Biomedical Applications

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a transformative/disruptive approach to industrial production in a broad range of fields that cost-effectively enables the creation of lighter, stronger, and more geometrically complex parts and systems. It is another technological advance made possible by the digitization of processes. AM uses data computer-aided-design (CAD) software or 3D object scanners to direct hardware to deposit material, layer upon layer, in precise geometric shapes. As its name implies, AM adds material to create an object. By contrast, when you create an object by traditional analog methods, it is often necessary to remove material through milling, machining, carving, shaping or other means.

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The ability to design and print virtually any object shape using a diverse array of materials, such as metals, polymers, bioinks—and ceramics—has given rise to the use of AM in biomedicine in both research and clinical settings. The world of 3D ceramic printing has come a long way since the 1980s, when it was considered suitable only for the production of functional or aesthetic prototypes, and a more appropriate term for it at the time was “rapid prototyping.” This article reviews the additive manufacturing of ceramics in biomedicine, as well as the technology and products of a leading SRC supplier, 3DCeram.

The additive manufacturing of ceramics for biomedical applications allows for the creation of bone substitutes, custom implants and surgical tools. The exceptional biocompatibility, extremely regular porous structure, capacity for the formation of complex geometrical shapes and mechanical strength are the main qualities of these 3D bioceramics. 3Dbioceramics can also be produced cost-effectively and relatively quickly and, when incorporated into the human body, provide more safety and comfort for the patient and require less follow-up after surgery. Given these many attributes, the future of additive manufacturing of ceramics for biomedical applications is extremely bright and the market is expected to grow by leaps and bounds as healthcare systems seek to control spiralling patient care costs, and applications not previously considered advisable or possible continue to emerge.

3DCeram

 

 

The medical sector has always been interested in cutting-edge technologies, which is why 3DCeram began working with biomedical players in 2005. In subsequent years 3DCeram has focused on developing a mastery of the 3D printing ceramics process, 3D printers, ceramic materials and services encompassing maintenance and training. Today, the company is the undisputed global leader in the additive manufacturing of ceramics for biomedical applications.

3D Ceram leverages stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing technology to manufacture custom-made or small series bone substitutes and cranial or jawbone implants. The technology can be used to produce ceramic components layer by layer using a laser that polymerizes a paste composed of photosensitive resin and ceramic. The parts are then subjected to a heat treatment (debinding followed by sintering) that eliminates the resin and densifies the ceramic.

The medical sector

Custom-made HAP implant for the repair of large and complex craniofacial bone defects

With over a decade of medical 3D printing experience under its belt, 3DCeram produces a range of ceramic 3D printers and materials that are suitable for biomedical applications, including the accessible C100 EASY FAB system and the production-grade C3600 ULTIMATE. The company offers a number of materials that have been specifically formulated for biocompatibility and osteointegration, such as HAP (Hyd roxyapatite), TCP (Tricalcium Phosphate) and ATZ (Alumina Toughened Zirconia). 3DCeram’s products are suitable for many types of biomedical applications, from cranial and jawbone implants to dental devices.

C3600 ULTIMATE

Ceramaker 3600 ULTIMATE

In the biomedical sector, however, the ability to 3D print highly advanced or customized devices is not quite enough: all medical parts and products must undergo and meet stringent requirements. When it comes to the adoption of ceramic 3D printing in the medical sphere, certifications have not been a deal breaker, but they have created a bottleneck. CDCeram has pursued streamlining of the certification process for its biomedical customers through a new partnership with Gregory Nolens.

With a PhD in Biomedical Sciences and expertise in additive manufacturing and medical regulations, Gregory Nolens is uniquely equipped to help biomedical companies and players to not only implement ceramic 3D printing for medical device development and production, but to obtain the necessary certifications.

Contact

SRC is proud to represent 3DCeram in Canada and make available to our Canadian customers in the biomedical field the full range of 3DCeram products. Click here to contact SRC to learn more.

 

 

SRC Suppliers Making Extraordinary Advances in the Biopharmaceutical Sector

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Biopharmaceuticals are large and complex molecular drugs that are mainly obtained from proteins and nucleic acids of living organisms, such as microorganisms and animal cells, also known as transgenic organisms. These drugs are obtained using biotechnology and have high-therapeutic value. Biopharmaceuticals are also known as biologics and biotech drugs and are usually administered by intravenous, subcutaneous, or intramuscular injections and are more efficient than the conventional small molecule drugs.

Biopharmaceuticals are an alternative to previously less effective and sometimes unsafe treatments and offer several benefits. Biopharmaceutical benefits include their highly effective and potent action, reduced side effects, capacity to be tailored according to the specific medical requirements of patients and potential to actually cure diseases at the root level. Biopharmaceuticals have reduced the number of deaths due to cancer and HIV/AIDS in the past decade and have changed the treatment of several chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Some of the biopharmaceuticals include monoclonal antibodies, erythropoietin, growth hormones, recombinant proteins, recombinant human insulin, purified proteins, interferon, and vaccines. Recombinant human insulin was amongst the first substances to be approved for therapeutic purposes. Currently, there are nearly 300 biopharmaceutical products that have been approved and are available in the market.


Sphere Fluidics

 

Sphere Fluidics is a SRC supplier focused on developing technology that enables leading-edge research and accelerates biopharmaceutical discovery. They do this by providing novel single cell analysis systems for the rapid screening and characterisation of single cells. Their patented picodroplet technology is specifically designed to increase the likelihood of finding that rare molecule or cell that can lead to a life-changing medicine. 

Sphere Fluidics has made a fast-track antibody discovery: a high-throughput method for identifying and isolating rare cells secreting antigen-specific antibodies. Antibody-derived biologics have become a major class of modern medicine, particularly in the fight against cancer and autoimmune diseases. Highly efficacious immunoglobulin-based drugs have been developed naturally via the antibody-producing B cells of the mammalian immune system, although finding rare cells with the right characteristics has always been challenging.

The Cyto-Mine® Single Cell Analysis System is Sphere Fluidics’ flagship product—the first integrated, benchtop system to automatically analyse, sort and dispense millions of individual cells in just a single day. Cyto-Mine® technology finds and isolates cells secreting antigen-specific antibodies from complex cell populations.

 

 

Biolin Scientific webinars/seminars annoucement

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Wettability and Adhesion of Real Surfaces Seminar

Join us for a 1 hour seminar about Wettability and Adhesion, where we will go through how to utilize contact angles for wettability measurements and evaluation of adhesion. We will also address the theory behind them and emphasize strategies how to apply these measurements to real, non-ideal surfaces which may be heterogeneous in both surface chemistry and surface roughness. 

Wettability and adhesion are key parameters in numerous industries such as coatings, biotechnology and electronics. The seminar will include lecture and a demonstration of how to account for the surface roughness and wettability determination for advanced research.

You can also download our White Paper on Surface roughness and wettability.

November 30, 2021
Wettability and Adhesion of Real Surfaces Webinar

Virtual Webinar at 10 am (via Zoom)
In-Person Workshop at 2 pm

Decermber 2, 2021
Wettability and Adhesion of Real Surfaces Webinar

Virtual Webinar at 10 am (via Zoom)

 

Decermber 2, 2021
Wettability and Adhesion of Real Surfaces Seminar (In-Person) & Workshop

University of Calgary Main Campus,
Engineering B Building, Room ENB 112
Seminar at 2 pm
Workshop at 3 pm (optional)

 

Biolin Scientific Attension Online Seminar 2021

Scientific Seminar

In collaboration with Biolin Scientific AB, we warmly welcome you to take part in the upcoming Biolin Scientific Attension Online Seminar 2021, Practical applications on surface tension & contact angle. The seminar will be hosted in two sessions on the 30th of November 2021 & participation is 100% free! Sign up today to hear what the subject matter experts have to say about their latest research.

Check out some of our guest speakers!

Iria Torres
Researcher
Sanofi – Frankfurt

Katja Klinar
Researcher at University of Ljubljana,
Slovenia

Jakub Sandak

Jakub Sandak
Researcher at
InnoRenew CoE & University of Primorska

Andrew White

Andrew White
Scientist
at BASF Agricultural Solutions

Timo Kotilahti

Timo Kotilahti
Research
engineer in Aalto University

Dr. Ankit D.Kanthe

Dr. Ankit D.Kanthe
Analytical Scientist at
Bristol Myers Squibb

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)

Biolin Scientific Attension Online Seminar 2021

Research Corporation Your Partner in Battery Research and Development

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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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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 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

3D Ceramic Printing

The world of 3D Ceramic Printing has come a long way since the 1980s when it was considered suitable only for the production of functional or aesthetic prototypes, and a more appropriate term for it at the time was “rapid prototyping”. Today, the the precision, repeatability, and material range of 3D printing have increased to the point that some 3D printing processes are considered viable as an industrial-production technology, whereby the term “additive manufacturing” can be used synonymously with 3D printing.

Applications of 3D ceramic printing

In this article we are going to look at 3D printing—or additive manufacturing if you will—using ceramic materials for the following applications:

1) Production of ceramic foundry cores;

2) Optimization of optical instrumentation.

Types of ceramics used in 3D printing

Before we get too far into the weeds with the two applications highlighted above, let’s briefly have a look at the types of ceramics used in 3D printing. Generally speaking, the qualities of ceramic materials are: high strength, high dimensional stability (low coefficient of thermal expansion), low density, high resistance to abrasion and corrosion, and exceptional chemical stability. There is a variety of ceramic materials used in 3D printing, which are categorized into:

  • Oxide ceramics: alumina, zirconia, silicore, alumina-toughened zirconia, cordierite, 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia, silice SiO2, hydroxyapatite/TCP, and tricalcium phosphate;
  • Non-oxide ceramics: silicon nitride and aluminum nitride.

3D Ceram Sinto, a leader in the world of 3D ceramic printing, offers a full range of ready-to-use ceramic pastes for use with their CERAMAKER printers. Naturally, they advise their customers on the critical issue of the ceramic paste best suited to the application at hand, but can also create ceramic paste formulations according to specifications provided by their customers.

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3D Ceram ceramic paste

 

3D printing of ceramic foundry cores

3D printing of ceramic foundry cores

 

Foundry cores are integral to the production of turbine blades for aviation, aero-derivative and land-based gas turbines. Up to now manufacturing cores has been a time- and labour intensive process. Today, in an effort to lower fuel consumption, improve turbine efficiency and decrease engine emissions, core designs are becoming increasingly complex. Making a complex, porous ceramic foundry core using conventional manufacturing processes involves making the core in several pieces and then assembling them manually. The likelihood of a problem occurring in this process is considerable, resulting in wasted time and materials—and excessively high costs.

Some of the constraints applied to core production:

  • Dimensional accuracy +/- 0.1 mm
  • Structural strength
  • Surface roughness
  • Material porosity

Additive manufacturing brings a new dimension to conventional industrial processes, allowing all of these elements to be controlled. In addition to saving time and materials and increasing productivity in the production of ceramic foundry cores, the technology delivers the following benefits:

  • Design flexibility
  • Possibility of more core complexity
  • Quick creation of new designs
  • Better responsiveness and productivity
  • Increased profitability
  • Maintenance of core strength

3D printing of optical instruments

3D printing of optical instruments

 

3D printing is one of the key technologies for devising innovative solutions contributing to the optimization of optical instruments, such as a plane mirror for a front-end laser engine (galvo-mirror for high-energy laser application). 3D printing can greatly enhance the design and manufacturing of the optical substrate of such an instrument.

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Two types of mirror

 

The use of additive manufacturing for the production of optical instruments has the following benefits:

  • Parts are lighter because they feature more complex designs that incorporate holes and semi-closed structures
  • Lead time is reduced as there is no need to manufacture and then lighten by machining a first draft
  • Less ceramic is used, which reduces costs
  • New, more complex and disruptive designs are possible
  • New functions such as internal channels, electrical tracks and feedthroughs can be incorporated.

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As a result of new additive manufacturing technology, optical substrates and mirrors can now be more compact, thus allowing for additional functions while still keeping volume and mass low.

Industrial 3D ceramic printers

We’ve touched on the ceramic pastes used in 3D ceramic printing and must do likewise with 3D ceramic printers. The number of ceramic 3D printers on the market has increased steadily in recent years and many industrial solutions are now available. Indeed, more manufacturers are offering professional solutions, capable of designing high-quality parts with increasing speed.

3DCeram Sinto is undoubtedly one of the historical players in ceramic additive manufacturing and has developed a professional range based on a stereolithography process. 3D Ceram Sinto’s CERAMAKER 3D printer family has the widest range and most

practical printing platforms of any company in the market, ranging from the C100 (100 x 100 x 150 mm) to the C3600 (300 x 300 x 100 mm). Taking shrinkage into account, you can produce parts with dimensions up to Ø500 mm  with the CERAMAKER C3600.

Industrial 3D ceramic printers