Micron Scientific is a distributor of material characterisation instruments. We also offer an ad hoc contract analysis service for particle size. So we naturally receive many random calls from various people asking about testing their samples for particle size!
What are the most common questions we receive ?
How much does a analysis cost ?
You can also contact us via our contact page on our website .
How does it work ?
Send us a sample with your offical order listing all the relevant details. We will send you the invoice and on receiving your EFT (send us proof please !) we will e-mail you your result. The most common mistake our customers make is to just send us samples without any paperwork !
How much sample?
Normally we test a material eith as a powder or a slurry (typically in water). The technique we used called laser diffraction requires dilution of a sample in air or in a liquid (typically water, although organic dispersants can also be used). So a couple of grams is ideal. We can measure samples captured on filters ( ideally membrane filters rather than glass fibre filters) but we need at least 250 to 500 mg of sample. We can measure turbid water samples at around 1g/l or higher but slighlty cloudy or potable water is not possible.
What does all the results mean ?
Ask us for a copy of an introduction to particle size, or look here .
Can you measure nano materials ?
Yes depending on the expected size range. Our Mastersizer 300 can measure from 10 nm up to 2 400 um (2 400 000 nm !), but if you have a true nanometer material less than 100 nm another technique called dynamic light scattering is better or using an electron microscope. Our local universities has this type of instrumentation . In any case we can quickly tell you if you have a nano material (above 10 nm!) or a micron sized material with some sub micron particles .
Can you give me my results in Excell ?
Yes on request . Please ask with your sample submission and not after we reported your results in pdf format as it creates extra work for us!
Any other questions ?