High resolution particle size & shape with chemical ID using Morphologically-Directed Raman spectroscopy

 13-24 May 2019:     Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

This seminar provided live demonstrations of two key instruments for particle characterisation:
– Morphologi 4-ID (image analysis for particle size (1 to 1000 µm), shape and chemical ID) and

– Mastersizer 3000 (latest generation Laser Diffraction particle sizer plus Hydrosight imaging accessory)

Understanding the relative strengths of both technologies is the key to using them appropriately and productively. Laser diffraction (ie, Mastersizer) provides fast, reliable measurement of particle size for a very wide range of sample types. Image analysis (ie. Morphologi 4) provides high resolution particle size and shape information. With the option of adding Raman spectroscopy the Morphologi system is a very powerful tool that can not only give size and shape information but also chemical identification of unknown particulates.

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Q-Sense QCM-D and DFind Seminar 2019

ATA Scientific would like to thank all those that participated in our special Q-Sense user-training seminar held 8-12 April, 2019.

Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane

This seminar was aimed to provide new and existing users of Q-Sense instruments with the essential skills and to expand knowledge on QCM-D data analysis. It included both theory and hands-on training. An introduction to the principles of QCM-D technology was discussed, with tips and tricks on how to generate quality data and maintain your instrument. An introduction to the new DFind software (for modelling and data analysis) was presented including how to work with Dfind to extract as much information from your raw data, as possible. The training session gave users the opportunity to discuss specific experimental set-up and data handling in a group session with our QCM-D specialists from Biolin Scientific (Gabriel Ohlsson and Tord Eriksson).

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Free seminar: Label-free live cell analysis using LiveCyte

DATE: Monday 19th Nov 2018      TIME: 10.30am to 11.30am
VENUE:  Australian National University, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Seminar Room 2.

The biggest challenge for many live cell researchers is to characterise individual cells without impacting their behaviour through the act of monitoring them. Whilst the use of fluorescent labels allows both cells and cellular functions to be visualised, the levels of illumination needed to excite the fluorophores can alter innate properties of cells, with the associated cytotoxicity limiting the scope, duration and integrity of any experiment.

This seminar discussed the new modality of Ptychographic QPI, a label-free technique, which exploits the inherent contrast of cellular components to create high contrast images under low levels of light intensity, and allows individual cells to be tracked and monitored over longer periods of time.

For further information call Peter Davis, Applications Specialist, T: 02 9541 3500 or email pdavis@atascientific.com.au    Download flier here.

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Join us and use the new Phenom Pharos desktop SEM with FEG source

NEW desktop Phenom Pharos SEM Workshop: 19th and 20th September 2018

ATA Scientific recently hosted an SEM workshop at Western Sydney University, Parramatta South Campus to showcase the new Phenom Pharos desktop SEM – the first system to arrive in Australia!

The Phenom Pharos is the first desktop SEM solution that includes a field emission gun (FEG) source to deliver crisp, high brightness images. It offers floor model performance on a desktop microscope with loads of added benefits. Attendees were invited to test drive the complete series of Phenom desktop SEM instruments including:

  • Phenom Pharos SEM – the very first desktop SEM that comes with a FEG source to deliver crisp, high quality images with magnifications of up to one million times and <3nm resolution.
  • Phenom ProX Gen 5 SEM – New 5th generation Phenom desktop SEM with enhanced imaging performance plus fully integrated x-ray analysis (EDS), fastest time to imaging and “never lost” navigation.
  • Phenom XL SEM – Superfast and easy to use and provides high resolution imaging with elemental analysis of large samples up to 100mm x 100mm.

Both new and experienced SEM users enjoyed the demonstrations and hands on sessions which provided further insights into their applications. If you missed this workshop and would like to register your interest for future events, please contact us.

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The Challenges of Live Cell Imaging: A new way of looking at cells.

August 6-10, 2018

This 1 hour talk was presented in 5 major cities around Australia including  Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Wollongong, Sydney and Brisbane.

During the seminar we demonstrated the intuitive workflow and multiple outputs from a single time-lapse experiment using the Livecyte automated cell imaging and analysis software. We discussed a few exciting applications such as, Scratch Wound Healing Assay, Analysis of Heterogeneous Cell Populations, Mitotic Time, Cytotoxicity, Cell Viability, Random Motility and much more, all without using labels.

The Livecyte system from Phasefocus is a complete imaging and analysis system optimised for long term, non-invasive monitoring of live cells label-free. Livecyte utilises QPI (Quantitative Phase Imaging) combined with correlative fluorescence imaging to extract a suite of information to report both morphological and kinetic phenotypes at a single cell level.

The Translational Research Institute (TRI), Brisbane has become the first centre in Australia and the Asia Pacific region to adopt the Livecyte™ Cell Imaging and Analysis system.

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Rapid development and scale-up of drug delivery nanoparticles using a microfluidic platform

28th and 29th June 2018

Microfluidic devices have been broadly used to produce nanoparticles for genetic medicine, vaccines, and drug delivery systems for small molecules, proteins, and peptides. Compared to conventional methods, microfluidic production offers superior control, reproducibility and scalability of the nanoparticle production process that promises to overcome significant challenges in the translation of these therapeutics: Fine control of process parameters afforded by microfluidics, allows optimisation of nanoparticle quality and encapsulation efficiency. Automation improves the reproducibility and optimisation of formulations. Furthermore, the continuous nature of the microfluidic process is inherently scalable, allowing optimisation at low volumes to conserve scarce or costly materials, and seamless scale-up of optimised formulations by employing multiple microfluidic mixers performing identical unit operations in parallel.

This talk, presented at the University of Melbourne on 28th June and at the University of Queensland on 29th June, focused on examples from literature and highlighted how users of this technology are revolutionising medicine. Original data was presented to demonstrate how the technology has been used to accelerate all stages of nanomedicine development from discovery to manufacturing.     Download flier

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