Our Material Pioneers
Smith Solar Lab works on electrochemistry and electrocatalysis to allow the ability to convert abundant raw materials such as water and CO2, into highly valuable chemicals and fuels. The lab researches the electrocatalytic water oxidation reaction and CO2 reduction reaction by exploring new techniques to characterize this process in-situ.
"The VSP-G1 and deposition tools enable you to combine different materials together on any substrate, changing their functionalities. At the Smith Solar Lab, we have used VSPARTICLE's machine in different ways, because you can make nanoparticles of different sizes and compositions. They have different optical properties, so you can actually tune which part of the solar light is absorbed by pushing a button. Which is something we have not been able to find in any other technology"
Wilson Smith - Smith Solar Lab
To enable fundamental reseach into nanoparticle behaviour in catalysis, VSPARTICLE developed the VSP-S1 Size Selector for in-situ TEM sample preparation, first used by the University of Utrecht, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science. University of Utrecht is working on model catalyst development for industrial applications.
"The sample preparation is applicable for a wide range of materials as well as metal nanoparticle sizes. This ensures that valuable time on TEM machines is well used. In addition, tuning particle size with settings prior to deposition allows us to study the size dependency of the metal nanoparticles for a given catalytic reaction. In total, it takes less than an hour to make a sample and the same MEMS devices can be used."
Charlotte Vogt, from Debye Institute
"For our research in the safety of airborne nanomaterials, VSPARTICLE's VSP-G1 enables us to generate very small particles. We use this both as a reference method, as well as for our research into the distribution of very small nanoparticles in the body after inhalation"
Flemming Cassee - RIVM
The Institute of Particle Technology at the Clausthal University of Technology focuses on all aspects related to particles in fluids with a special interest in nanoparticles in gases.
Their research includes fundamental study of interparticle cohesion in agglomerates and ways to influence the formation of such structures, the creation of novel catalyst materials with defined pore structures, the modification of particles with organic or inorganic coatings and new methods to measure certain particle surface properties.
"The purely physical mechanisms resulting in the formation of particles without chemical reactions leads to pure aerosols that are ideal for the use as model particles for different studies. Furthermore, compared to other aerosol synthesis methods, the spark ablation and especially, the VSP-G1 nanoparticle generator, results in a stable and defined production even over longer time spans, which is important to draw meaningful conclusions."