The Importance of Nanoparticle Deposition

Nanoparticles provide huge opportunities in an astonishingly wide range of medical and technological applications. To realize these applications, scientists need advanced tools to create, handle, and explore them.

The Importance of Nanoparticle Deposition

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Nikalyte’s flagship nanoparticle deposition system is the NL50. It is engineered to let laboratories of any size quickly produce and deposit superior quality nanoparticles for research.

The Importance of Nanoparticle Deposition

The unique properties of nanoparticles have a vast range of potential applications, from low-tech (i.e., the reinforcement of car tires using carbon black) to complex uses such as biosensing, targeted drug delivery, and the development of next-generation solar cells.

The field of nanoparticle research is more active than ever, with researchers working to unlock and develop applications across medicine, life sciences, sensing, catalysis, optics, and photovoltaics.

Nanoparticle deposition platforms have a vital role in facilitating the rapid synthesis of nanoparticles and depositing them in a regulated way onto surfaces so they can be studied.

While the production of nanoparticles has always been a significant component of nanoparticle research, nanoparticle scientists now benefit from using commercial nanoparticle deposition platforms such as Nikalyte’s NL50 to create nanoparticles at the click of a button.

What makes nanoparticles so interesting is their large surface-area-to-volume ratio, which causes surface effects to dominate over bulk effects. These effects also tend to make them challenging to work with.

The effect of surface dominance makes nanoparticles “sticky.” They are inclined to stabilize themselves either by the sorption of molecules from their surroundings or by clustering together. These inclinations mean that creating operative nanoparticle deposition platforms has been quite challenging.

Accumulation and contamination of nanoparticles are particularly widespread in nanoparticle deposition systems that depend on chemical techniques to create or deposit nanoparticles. In these circumstances, nanoparticles commonly suffer significant contamination from hydrocarbons and other compounds.

Certain nanoparticle deposition equipment that uses nanoparticles in a liquid phase (like spin coating and dip coating) also provides weak control over film thickness and packing density.

Benchtop Nanoparticle Deposition Systems from Nikalyte

The NL50 nanoparticle deposition system from Nikalyte overcomes these issues using vacuum deposition. Nikalyte’s benchtop nanoparticle deposition platform can make ultra-pure nanoparticles devoid of hydrocarbons and other pollutants by creating and depositing nanoparticles via magnetron sputtering in a hard vacuum.

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Nikalyte understands that the inconvenience of nanoparticle deposition should be removed to allow scientists to concentrate on collecting data. Nikalyte designed the NL50 nanoparticle deposition system to offer superior industry-level performance while being user-friendly and intuitive. The NL50’s touchscreen operation makes Nikalyte’s nanoparticle deposition system as simple as possible, requiring only a few minutes of training for it can be used.

Source material can be switched within five minutes, while a standard cycle time of 30 minutes (without extra purification or drying steps) means that Nikalyte’s nanoparticle deposition system is a rapid and dependable source of nanoparticles ideal for any laboratory. The NL50 system also provides in-situ plasma cleaning of conducting substrates, removing the extra cleaning steps needed with other nanoparticle deposition platforms.

The NL50 nanoparticle deposition system includes direct deposition control using a quartz crystal monitor, allowing the system to achieve accurate surface loading from sub-monolayer to porous three-dimensional (3D) structures. The deposition time offered by the NL50 is just a few minutes, and the deposition rates range from 10 to 50 ng/cm2.

If a laboratory needs rapid, user-friendly nanoparticle deposition equipment that can produce ultra-high purity nanoparticles, the NL50 is a great solution.

References

  1. Heiligtag, F. J. & Niederberger, M. The fascinating world of nanoparticle research. Materials Today 16, 262–271 (2013).
  2. Life Science Applications of the NL50 Nanoparticle Deposition System. AZoNano.com https://www.azonano.com/equipment-details.aspx?EquipID=1900.
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  4. Direct Nanoparticle Deposition System | Loading Control | NL50. NikaLyte https://www.nikalyte.com/nl50/

This information has been sourced, reviewed, and adapted from materials provided by Nikalyte Ltd.

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