Accelerating Materials Innovation
Result of the Month (ROM), September 2023
"The Donnan potential revealed"
Selective transport of solutes across a membrane is critical for many biological, water treatment and energy conversion and storage systems. When a charged membrane is equilibrated with an electrolyte, an unequal distribution of ions arises between phases, generating the so-called Donnan electrical potential at the solution/membrane interface. The Donnan potential results in the partial exclusion of co-ion, providing the basis of permselectivity. Although there are well-established ways to indirectly estimate the Donnan potential, it has been widely reported that it cannot be measured directly. Here we report the first direct measurement of the Donnan potential of an ion exchange membrane equilibrated with salt solutions. Our results highlight the dependence of the Donnan potential on external salt concentration and counter-ion valence, and show a reasonable agreement with current theoretical models of IEMs, which incorporate ion activity coefficients. By directly measuring the Donnan potential, we eliminate ambiguities that arise from limitations inherent in current models.
Scienta Omicron Newsflyer Spring 2023
The Scienta Omicron Spring Newsflyer is finally here and this year we have a lot to celebrate together with you!
Scienta Omicron recently reached a milestone in the company’s’ history; we shipped our 1000th system (and we don´t include bolt-on SPM microscopes, or analysers in that number!). We are humbled by the thought that our instruments, placed all over the world, have now reached this respectable number. But furthermore, the Scienta part of Scienta Omicron is turning 40 years old this year. This edition of the Scienta Omicron Spring Newsflyer contains more information about these two major events and much more!
MATRIX for SPM is now compatible with Windows 11!
Microsoft’s latest operating system is designed to only run on dedicated computer hardware platforms and therefore offers up to date protection from malware and other threats.
The advanced software of the MATRIX SPM controller provides fast and complex algorithms for instrument operation, data analysis and graphical representation. Upgrading your MATRIX system to a Windows 11 based computer will ensure compliance with general IT regulations in your institution, provide a state-of-the-art user experience with the longest available Microsoft Windows support period.
Open and Closed Cycle Sample Manipulators
When aiming at high experimental energy resolution for ARPES measurement, it is crucial to achieve ultra-low sample temperatures to quench thermal broadening. This is possible with state-of-the-art cryo manipulators reaching sample temperatures from < 3.5 K and featuring up to 6 fully motorized axes for a large range of movements. The manipulators are available as open and closed cycle. Open cycle manipulators reach lower temperature specifications and are rapidly cooled down from room temperature to 10 K in 15 min. The low He consumption below 1 l/h at ultimate temperature and the possibility to operate with liquid nitrogen at higher temperatures ensure a low operating cost. Closed cycle manipulators have no He consumption providing unlimited holding time.
PEAK Slit Control
Optimal analyser settings with remote control
In photoelectron spectroscopy measurements, there is always a trade-off between signal intensity and resolution. Optimising this balance is the key to obtaining smooth and sharp spectra within the shortest time possible. For hemispherical analysers, this trade-off is controlled by the selected entrance slit and pass energy.
PEAK Slit Control replaces manual slit changes at the analyser with a motorised and software-controlled slit. With the control of all analyser settings, easy and quick optimisation of signal intensity versus resolution is possible.
Scienta Omicron is a leading innovator in Surface Science and Nanotechnology. At our technology centres in Uppsala, Sweden and Taunusstein, Germany we develop and produce high-tech instruments. Our instruments support top researchers globally and are serviced by our four regional hubs in USA, China, Japan and Germany.
We provide state of the art instruments in Electron Spectroscopy, Scanning Probe Microscopy and Thin Film Deposition. Focusing on the race for new unique materials and solutions, in areas like – smarter batteries, next generation electronics, quantum technologies, solar energy, intelligent sensors and advanced materials, Scienta Omicron enables development of tomorrow´s materials.
THE SCIENTA GROUP: One Group, Two Leading Brands
Since 1983 the combined companies, including Scienta Omicron and Scienta Envinet (former Scienta Sensor Systems and Envinet GmbH respectively) that make up the Scienta Scientific Group have been leading the development of ultra high vacuum research and analysis equipment in the fields of Surface Science, Material Physics, UHV technology and Radiation Detection, resulting in scientific breakthroughs, Nobel Prizes and outstanding industrial equipment.