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Sphere Fluidics Pico-Surf™

– A reliable, high-performing surfactant for droplet microfluidics

  • Biocompatibility– designed for generating aqueous picodroplets in oil
  • Highest droplet stability– shown by assessment of picodroplet fusion, interfacial tension and critical micelle concentration
  • Stability at high temperature– demonstrated by the low level of picodroplet fusion
  • Low voltage for droplet sorting– purity and quality of the surfactants enables a more efficient sorting process
  • Excellent batch-to-batch reproducibility– all products undergo rigorous QC and QA testing to ensure batch consistency
  • Unique and patented molecular surfactant structure – patent freedom to operate in a wide range of application areas.
  • Specialist expertise and support– our team brings extensive experience and support to guide your applications

 

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Introducing the Sphere Fluidics Pico-Surf™

Picodroplet technology is a rapidly growing area of interest and has many potential applications. This technology is particularly important where experiments need to be conducted on only a few nanolitres or picolitres of sample containing, for example, cells or biologically relevant solutions, such as proteins. As a result, picodroplet technology enables scientists to perform thousands to millions of reactions simultaneously.

Pico-Surf™  is a proprietary biocompatible surfactant in a fluorocarbon carrier oil. The surfactant acts to stabilise picodroplets and their cellular or molecular contents over a wide range of temperatures and biological conditions, allowing the picodroplets to be reliably stored for many hours in suitable conditions. Pico-Surf™ 1 was developed to support the generation of aqueous solution-in-oil picodroplets for molecular biology assays, cell secretion assays, cell growth studies and electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry.

 

Sphere Fluidics Pico-Surf™



Sphere Fluidics Pico-Surf™

Key Features

Biocompatibility – designed for generating aqueous picodroplets in oil

Highest droplet stability – shown by assessment of picodroplet fusion, interfacial tension and critical micelle concentration

Stability at high temperature – demonstrated by the low level of picodroplet fusion

Low voltage for droplet sorting – purity and quality of the surfactants enables a more efficient sorting process

Excellent batch-to-batch reproducibility – all products undergo rigorous QC and QA testing to ensure batch consistency

Unique and patented molecular surfactant structure – patent freedom to operate in a wide range of application areas.

Specialist expertise and support – our team brings extensive experience and support to guide your applications

 



Key Benefits

Applications include but are not limited to:

• Cell and molecular biology assays
• Cell growth studies
• Electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry
• Cell secretion assays
• Single cell analysis
• Single cell isolation
• Single cell screening
• Double emulsions

Key Benefits of Pico-Surf™

  • Allows consistent formation and stabilization of picodroplets from 8 pL to 700 pL (volume)
  • Manufactured to high quality standards through stringent quality assurance
  • High purity
  • Ready to use
  • Long shelf life
  • Animal Origin Free

 


Sphere Fluidics Pico-Surf™


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Biocompatibility – designed for generating aqueous picodroplets in oil

Highest droplet stability – shown by assessment of picodroplet fusion, interfacial tension and critical micelle concentration

Stability at high temperature – demonstrated by the low level of picodroplet fusion

Low voltage for droplet sorting – purity and quality of the surfactants enables a more efficient sorting process

Excellent batch-to-batch reproducibility – all products undergo rigorous QC and QA testing to ensure batch consistency

Unique and patented molecular surfactant structure – patent freedom to operate in a wide range of application areas.

Specialist expertise and support – our team brings extensive experience and support to guide your applications

 

Specifications

Property Unit Novec™ 7500 Fluorinert™ FC-40
Boiling point oC 128 165
Pour point oC -100 -57
Molecular weight g/mol 414 650
Critical Temperature oC 261 270
Critical pressure MPa 1.55 1.18
Vapour pressure kPa 2.1 0.29
Heat of vaporization kJ/kg 89 68
Liquid density Kg/m3 1614 1855
Coefficient of expansion K-1 0.0013 0.0012
Kinematic viscosity cSt 0.77 2.2
Absolute viscosity cP 1.24 4.1
Specific heat J/kg-K 1128 1100
Thermal conductivity W/m-K 0.065 0.065
Surface tension mN/m 16.2 16
Solubility of water in fluid ppm by weight 45 <7
Solubility of fluid in water ppm by weight <4 ppb <5
Dielectric strength 0.1” gap kV >25 >40
Dielectric constant @ 1kHz 6.1 1.9
Volume resistivity Ohm-cm 108 1015

 

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About Spectra Research

Spectra Research Corporation (SRC) offers a range of innovative high-quality scientific products and laboratory services to industrial and scientific markets throughout Canada.

Established in 1993, SRC is a subsidiary of Allan Crawford Associates (ACA), one of Canada’s largest distributors of electronic components, test equipment and integrated networking solutions.

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