Research Instruments/Products

Insplorion's products in the scientific field are complete research instruments for successful NanoPlasmonic Sensing (NPS) experiments in controlled gas or liquid flow chambers. Furthermore, Insplorion offers NPS Sensor Chips with a wide range of surface chemistry and Insplorer®, our advanced software for control and real-time analysis of spectroscopic data. We can also offer custom-made instruments like the Insplorion X1. 

 

Insplorion Acoulyte

Combine optical spectroscopy with QCM-D. Simultaneous real time measurements with Nanoplasmonic Spectroscopy (NPS) and Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation monitoring (QCM-D).
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Insplorion XNano

The Insplorion XNano instrument provides the opportunity to study processes in/on nanomaterials and thin films in situ and in real-time under relevant temperature and pressure conditions.
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Software

Insplorion’s unique software, Insplorer®, offers user-friendly instrument control (temperature, gas flow/mixing and optical measurement) and real-time data presentation.
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Sensor Chips

Insplorion’s sensor chips feature the unique NPS nanoarchitecture, which guarantees excellent performance at temperatures up to 600°C and in challenging chemical environments.

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Custom-made Instruments

Insplorion has the experience to custom-make versions of our instruments using our NPS technology to suit specific customer needs. Don't hesitate to ask us if we have a solution to your challenge. The Insplorion X1 instrument is an example developed to study processes in thin polymer films and materials relevant to catalytis. 
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By using Insplorion's instrument, we can offer our customers:

To monitor processes in/on nanoparticles and thin films in situ and in real time

The instrument allows for monitoring of processes in the nanoscale, occurring for example in/on nanoparticles, nanostructures and on thin films. Real-time measurements can be made in-situ (i.e. on a functional nanostructure) with a temporal resolution of ms.

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To study a large variety of processes

Processes that can be investigated include adsorption/desorption, phase transitions, diffusion in porous films, light trigger, temp change triggers, volume/shape changes, reduction/oxidation, temperature changes (“optical nanocalorimetry”), etc.

Flexible choice of substrate material and surface chemistry

Any non-metallic material that can be deposited as a thin compact or porous film onto our sensor chips can be used as support for the process to be studied.

Practically relevant temperature and pressure

For XNano, temp can be varied from room temp to 80 C, and for the X1 in the gas phase up to 600 C. NPS as such has exceptionally low temp sensitivity allowing for ramping and studies of temp triggered processes.

Easy-to-use system

Complete system includes hardware, software, hands on training and support.

User-friendly software

Insplorion’s software provides user-friendly measurement control and programming as well as analysis of up to six measurement variables for each of the two sample positions simultaneously and in real-time. 

Measurement Principle

During an experiment in Insplorion’s instrument, an optical extinction measurement is made through a quartz measurement cell/reactor in which the sensor chip is mounted (see figure below). The extinction measurement involves the detection of transmitted light, from a collimated white light source, through the sensor chip (via an optical fiber and the reactor walls) as a function of wavelength by an optical spectrometer (via a second optical fiber). The optical extinction spectra caused by the sensor chip, are detected with sub-second time resolution.

The optical response of the NPS sensor chips is characterized by a distinct peak at a certain wavelength in the extinction spectrum. The peak is caused by the strong interaction of the nano disk sensors with light at the LSPR, through absorption and scattering. During an NPS experiment, the spectral position of the LSPR peak (i.e. the precise color of the sensor chip) is monitored as a function of time during a process that one wants to study/monitor e.g. where the sample material on the chip is interacting with molecules in the gas phase (see figure below) or is exposed to a temperature change.

The color changes can be measured in real time (ms) with 10-2 nm spectral resolution. It can then be related to the kinetics of a chemical process taking place in/on the sample material (phase transition), changes in the surface coverage of a certain atomic/molecular species on the sample surface or the chemical energy dissipated by a chemical reaction running on a Nano catalyst.