The tendency for some nanoparticles to agglomerate or cluster into denser masses can lead to homogeneity and performance issues in their subsequent use. Existing methodologies to de-agglomerate them do not always produce uniform results, or can be invasive and wasteful.
The Thinky PR-1 Nanoparticle Dispersion Machine is a desktop unit which can disperse carbon nanotubes (CNT), graphene and other 2D nanomaterials, within a closed container. The nanoparticle deagglomeration is very even and consistent, is highly reproducible, and is typically accomplished in a few minutes.
The Thinky PR-1 uses mechanical rotation and multi-directional ultrasonics to achieve a rapid and even particle dispersion. It has a temperature limit control in the ultrasonic bath to counter the temperature rise of water and materials as a result of ultrasonic energy, avoiding changes in physical material properties. The system is compatible with quantities as small as a 5ml capacity vial to a 200ml capacity stainless steel container.
The Thinky PR-1 offers benefits to researchers and developers in sectors such as drug delivery, imaging, tissue engineering, and biosensors. Nanomaterials prepared with the Thinky PR-1 may then be mixed with other materials in a Thinky planetary centrifugal mixer.
This video shows how it works: