Nanotechnology, the manipulation and study of matter at the nanoscale, allows scientists to develop innovative solutions to global challenges. At the resolution of one nanometer (one billionth of a meter), matter can be studied and manipulated on a molecular level.
Nanoparticle production uses processes such as sonication, the application of sound energy to agitate particles for the purpose of creating engineered nanoparticles. This research has resulted in the creation of nanogels used in biomedical and pharmaceutical research, nanopillars for solar panels and antibacterial surfaces, nanowires in semiconductors, productive nanosystems in synthetic chemistry and quantum dots in electronic devices. Today over 800 nanotech products are out on the market and the numbers are growing. A bourgeoning realm of research and government funding is supramolecular chemistry, the study of weaker or noncovalent bonds between molecules for applications in catalysis, medicine, data storage and green chemistry.
Along with the benefits of nanotechnology are concerns on the hazards of certain nanomaterials due to their highly active state at nanometer dimensions. Risk assessment delves into health and environmental implications on toxicity and laboratory safety. Containment is of great concern, which is why much of the research is done within clean and controlled environments. Equipping a nanotechnology lab starts with instruments and tools listed below such as nano enclosures and glove boxes, ideal for containing toxic particulates during nanoparticle manipulation and operator protection.
Horizontal laminar airflow units with built-in blower and 99.999% ULPA exhaust filter for nanoparticle manipulation and dry powder chemical handling
2 and 4 glove port units exceed ISO Class 5 and meet ISO Class 4; handles toxic substances and atmosphere sensitive materials
Achieves low oxygen (5ppm) and moisture (50 ppm) levels; meets Class 1 atmosphere containment condition for oxygen leak rates
Isolates samples under vacuum or inert conditions; exceeds Class 1 atmosphere containment conditions for oxygen permeation
Prevent moisture-sensitive parts from degrading by maintaining low-humidity environment with this turnkey glove box solution; includes real-time RH display
Hermetically sealed atmospheric chambers provide an inert environment for pharmaceutical and semiconductor processes
Handles larger sample volume applications and features a large LCD screen with a touch screen interface, auto tuning, program memory, overload protection; includes 1/2" probe
Digital ultrasonic processors feature digital parameter setting, an LCD display, automatic parameter range validation, printer interface with date stamp, RS232 port
Compact, analog ultrasonic processors feature auto tuning, continuous or timed operation, and pulsed mode to protect thermally sensitive samples
Ultrasonic precision cleaning baths for small- and medium-sized parts can also be used for cell separation, sample prep and degassing of liquids
Infrared tube heaters, intuitive navigation, removable dishwasher safe parts, stores 1 method and saves results until next measurement
The LAMBDA XLS+ is specially designed for the academic and industrial laboratories that require a small-footprint, dedicated instrument for a wide-range of applications.
Quickly and accurately check ISO 5 cleanrooms for particle compliance with this lightweight, feature-rich handheld particle counter
Plastic Benchtop units with one or two chambers, in acrylic or dissipative PVC. Smart RH controller installs in seconds, cuts nitrogen waste
Includes chrome-plated racks for plastic or stainless steel shelves, and flowmeter for manual N2 control. Acrylic or dissipative PVC; one to five chambers
Provides strength and durability for long-term storage requirements that demand or require infrequent parts access. Use with or without desiccant
Portable, stackable desiccators from Terra are low-humidity storage cabinets, and can be easily carried to transfer to different locations
Lightweight tweezers combine durability with static safety for critical handling applications; ideal for soldering since metal will not adhere to ceramic
Knee-length Taffeta frocks are comfortable, long wearing and modestly priced. They resist snagging and have stainless steel snap closures
Disposable nitrile and PVC gloves are ideal for multiple cleanroom applications & cleanliness levels. The PVC glove has excellent ESD properties
Lab and cleanroom wipers made by Valutek are designed to clean spills and messes without leaving residue, such as fibers, behind