The Importance of Analytical Testing for the Nanotechnology Industry

Table of Contents

Background
Differences Between Nano and Bulk Materials
Properties of Nanomaterials
The Importance of Nanotechnology-Related Research
Characterizing Nanomaterials in Production Environments
Allegiance Nanosolutions Testing and Expertise
Allegiance Nanosolutions Testing Capabilities
Industries Where Allegiance Nanosolutions Can Help
About Allegiance NanoSolutions

Background

Nanotechnology is the science and technology of precisely manipulating the structure of matter at the molecular level. The term nanotechnology deals with a very small scale material- a nanometer is billionth of meter and has already entered in mainstream and is being used in range of products. Nanotechnology provides the capacity to create affordable products with dramatically improved performance. This comes through a basic understanding of ways to control and manipulate matter at the nanometer scale and through the incorporation of nanoprocesses into technological innovations. The term nanotechnology has spread its wings in many different fields, including engineering, chemistry, physics, electronics, and medicine, among others, and all the fields specifically concerned with bringing existing technologies down to a very small scale, measured in nanometers.

Differences Between Nano and Bulk Materials

A better understanding of the synthesis and application of nanomaterials is obviously needed in order to deliver the best benefits that nanotechnology promises. Based on the fact that, nanomaterials are very small in size and the characteristics and behavior are quite different compared to their bulk counterparts with the same composition, the range of parameters that need to be assessed to characterize these materials, is large.

Properties of Nanomaterials

The principal parameters of nanomaterials are their shape, size, and the morphological sub-structure of the substance. A slight variation in the size and dimensionality of nanomaterials can have drastic effects on the chemical and physical properties of nanomaterials and their further applications in final products. The changes in the quantum size and shape are susceptible to slight variations in temperature, amount and concentration of various solvents and reagents added etc. Hence it is important to control various properties of nanomaterials during each batch of production even if the conditions of synthesis are optimized. It is also important to chemically identify and characterize nanomaterials. However, due to the complexity and diversity of nanomaterials, it is making the identification and characterization process more difficult. The important characteristics of nanomaterials and their impacts toward the technology developments are as follows:

  • Size – Key main factor for materials to fall under nanomaterials category
  • Shape – Critical factor defining various properties of nanomaterials
  • Surface Charge – Critical factor in the formation and assembly of nanomaterials
  • Surface Area – Critical for evaluation of nanomaterial application
  • Surface Porosity – Maximizes the absorption ability of nanomaterials for particular applications
  • Composition – Critical parameter to ensure formation and purity of nanomaterial
  • Structure – Assessment of mechanism of nanomaterials formation and their assemblies

The Importance of Nanotechnology-Related Research

Advances in nanotechnology related research and product manufacturing need continued improvements in our ability to observe, understand, and control matter at the nano-level. Better understanding of properties can help us in addressing specific problems related to engineered nanomaterials. This in turn requires more accurate instrumentation and experts operating the instrumentation.

Characterizing Nanomaterials in Production Environments

In the production, it is very important to characterize nanomaterials to show batch to batch reproducibility, detect changes in the process and validate protocols. There is so much pressure on start-ups and midsized companies to deliver new products as well as for major companies who are well established in their products have to cut on research enormously and concentrate more on product manufacturing. However, the growing commercial pressure and rising R & D costs have prompted these companies to seek support for their testing and consulting needs.

Allegiance Nanosolutions Testing and Expertise

Allegiance NanoSolutions (ANS) with its own testing capability and subject expertise is dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting their success in the global marketplace. ANS is the only service provider exclusively focused on analyzing nanomaterials that help in understanding their various properties using advanced technologies available. These advanced analytical solutions facilitate clients to improve the efficiency and productivity of nanotechnology based products. Technologies such as scanning transmission electron microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy allow clients to observe events at the atomic level and allow them to gain more knowledge. Allegiance promises increased understanding and detailed information underlying the samples provided by their clients.

Allegiance Nanosolutions Testing Capabilities

Allegiance NanoSolutions has a fleet of highly specialized testing equipment that can support your nanotechnology development needs. Following are the details of services provided by ANS:

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) & Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM)
  • Back Scattered Imaging
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) & High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM)
  • Electron Diffraction Analysis
  • Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis (EDAX, EDS)
  • Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
  • Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM)
  • Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS)
  • UV-Visible Spectroscopy (UV VIS)
  • Fourier Transform Infra Red Spectroscopy (FTIR)

Industries Where Allegiance Nanosolutions Can Help

ANS services cater to the following industry sectors:

  • Chemicals/Materials
  • Industrial and Manufacturing
  • Energy
  • Biotechnology / Biomedical
  • Electricals / Electronics
  • Aerospace / Defense

About Allegiance NanoSolutions

Allegiance NanoSolutions provides Analytical Testing & Consulting services for companies with emerging Nano and Micro technology based products. Our facilities help Start Ups, Mid Sized & Large Commercial & Industrial entities as well as Government Organizations throughout North America with Analytical Testing solutions. Allegiance NanoSolutions also supports a broad spectrum of Nanotechnology based research programs and contract manufacturing for private industry and government organizations.

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Date Added: May 13, 2011 | Updated: Jun 11, 2013
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