Overview

What you can do

  • Get precise control of the thin film thickness and packing density
  • Create homogeneous depositions over large areas
  • Add your coating to any solid substrate
  • Build multilayer structures with varying layer composition

3 reasons to invest

Outstanding versatility

Ambient method to coat any solid substrate with any floating nanomaterials such as nanoparticles or graphene oxide. 
 

See your film

The MicroBAM microscope lets you see your film prior to the deposition, ensuring optimal quality and homogeneity of your coating and reducing time spend on measurements.
 

Maximum value

The package brings you maximal value to acquire several technologies to your lab on one go.

Cover your needs

Study the table to find out what instrumentation you need for your research. 

  Dip Coaters Langmuir-
Blodgett
Thin Film Coating Solution Package ISR, SPOT
Simple coatings X X X  
Advanced coatings   X X  
Advanced coatings with pre-disposition check     X  
In-depth nanoparticle layer structure studies       X

Specifications

A closer look

The Nanoparticle Deposition package contains one Langmuir-Blodgett Medium Trough, the MicroBAM Brewster Angle Microscopy and Langmuir-Schaefer Holders. Below you can find the specifications for each of the items. 

Langmuir-Blodgett Medium Trough

  LB Medium
Trough

Surface area (cm2)

273

Trough top inner dimensions
(L x W x H mm)

364 x 75 x 4

Maximum compression ratio

10.8

Barrier speed (mm/min)

0.1...270

Balance measuring range (mN/m)

0...300

Maximum balance load (g)

1

Balance resolution (μN/m)

0.1

Langmuir trough top

?

Total subphase volume (mL)

109

Langmuir-Blodgett trough top

?

Total subphase volume (mL)

176

Dipping well dimensions

(L x W x H mm)

20 x 56 x 60

Maximum sample size

(T x W x H mm)

3 x52 x56
(2 inches)

Dipping speed (mm/min)

0.1…108

Extraction angle

-

Upright microscopy troughtop

-

Inverted microscopy trough top

?

Ribbon barrier trough top

?

Compatible with

 

KSV NIMA ISR

-

KSV NIMA MicroBAM

?

KSV NIMA SPOT

?

? : Available
– : Not available/Not applicable

MicroBAM

 

KSV NIMA MicroBAM

Measurement

Angle-of-incidence range (°)

53, fixed

Light source power (mW)

50

Light source wavelength (nm)

659

Image resolution (μm)

12 (horizontal image direction, center)1

Field of view (μm)

3600×4000

Polarizer

Integrated (p-polarisation of the incident beam)

Analyzer

Integrated

Camera

Type

USB

Resolution (px)

640×480

Framerate (fps)

30

Adjustable exposure time and gain

Image processing 

Image resizing

Contrast enhancement

Profile

Image filtering

Particle size determination

Hardware 

Instrument dimensions (L×W×H, cm)

22×27.7×40.2

Measuring head dimensions (L×W×H, cm)

5.7×16.2×7.2

Power supply (V, Hz)

100-240, 50/60

Weight (kg)

10

Compatibility with L & LB Troughs 

Medium

Large

High Compression

Alternate


1According to Rayleigh’s criterion
2P-polarization of the incident beam

Software

KSV NIMA LB Software

KSV NIMA LB Software is a powerful tool for creating coatings and studying Langmuir films. Based on 30 years of experience, KSV NIMA LB Software includes all the tools needed for effective and easy measurements and data processing.

The versatile measurement modes enable measurements from dipping all the way to compression isotherms, adsorption studies and interfacial rheology. The software saves the entire measurement setup together with the results for convenient analysis. All data can be easily viewed, plotted, reported and exported as needed.

Measurement features

  • Coating mode, for depositing material layer, including a coating effectiveness parameter transfer ratio, keeping the packing density constant throughout dipping
  • Compression/relaxation isotherms, for molecular interactions and phase changes
  • Isochores/isobars, by automatically keeping the pressure stable and following temperature/area changes
  • Monolayer kinetics, for enzyme, polymerization or any other zero-order reactions
  • Adsorption and penetration of enzymes, proteins, peptides and similar molecules
  • Interfacial rheology, for viscoelastic studies of Langmuir films, for emulsion or foam stability, with oscillating barriers method
  • Integrated KSV NIMA characterization tool functions, for easy integration, such as automatic image recording based on surface pressure when combined to KSV NIMA MicroBAM

Accessories

Add more possibilities

Have a look at a few selected extras that will extend the capabilities of your setup. 

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Syringe Pump

For PC-controlled monolayer sample introduction. Enables superior dispensing accuracy compared to sample introduction manually by hand. Controlled with the KSV NIMA LB software. Dispensing resolution 0.1 

See how it works

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Subphase Evaporation Compensation Tool

The subphase evaporation compensation tool monitors the surface level through buoyancy and automatically compensates any evaporated subphase liquid with a peristaltic pump. The compensation can work over 100 hours continuously. Controlled with the KSV NIMA LB software. 
 
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Cabinet CABI Small

In situations where an ideal cleanroom environment is not available, a suitable alternative may be to house your instruments in one of our dust and draught exclusion cabinets. KSV NIMA cabinets are made from an aluminium frame with clear acrylic glass panels on all sides including the doors at the front. There is no base to the cabinet, making it easier to house/un-house your instruments, should you so wish. The cabinets are equipped with connectors for water tubing and electric cables.

Knowledge

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