Overview of 2019 Quality Show – Quality Management in Laboratories and Manufacturing Operations

Quality Measurement Microspheres

By Allen Licha, PMP, Cospheric LLC Last month Cospheric attended the Quality Show in Rosemont, IL. As a global supplier of precision spherical particles, striving to provide the highest quality microparticles on the market, quality is a huge part of what we do at Cospheric. Performing accurate measurements is vital to our business. Metrology, the science of measurement, is…

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Are Microplastics Toxic to the Environment? Literature Review

Are Microplastics Toxic? Effects of Microplastics on the Environment

What are microplastics? Microplastic (MP) is a broad term used to describe microscopic plastics with sizes ranging from 1um to 5mm 1. Anything less than that can be considered nanoplastic (NP), which is also prevalent in the ocean. The shapes of microplastics can vary from fragments, fibers, pellets, film, and spheres2. The properties such as the size, shape, and…

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Janus Particles – Properties and Applications

Bichromal (half-white half-black or any other color) Microspheres, Janus Particles

What are Janus Particles? Named after two-faced Roman god Janus who looks to both the future and the past, Janus particles are typically microscopic spheres composed of two different regions. Originally the term “janus particles” was used in reference only to particles that had a hydrophobic surface on one hemisphere and a hydrophilic surface on another. The first “Janus…

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Microspheres Simulate Contamination in Self-Cleaning Gecko-Inspired Adhesives

Image of Self-cleaning Adhesive of Gecko's Toes

When choosing a controlled tracer particle for process development and troubleshooting, there are many benefits when microspheres simulate contamination. Colored and fluorescent microspheres provide a highly visible marker of controlled size and shape, allowing scientists and engineers to observe and troubleshoot the process in order to best understand where the contamination is coming from, develop best protocols for preventing…

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Silica Nanospheres as Photonic Nanostructure Found in the ‘Disco’ Clam Ctennoides Ales

Silica Nanospheres in a disco’ or ‘electric’ clam Ctenoides ales

Silica Nanospheres in a Photonic Display Scientists from University of California at Berkeley have recently discovered that a strange naturally occurring bright display of the ‘disco’ or ‘electric’ clam Ctenoides ales is actually a photonic display created by a layer of silica nanospheres. The display functions solely by reflecting light. Their article was published in the Journal of The…

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Deformable Silver Coated PMMA Microsphere Spacers

PMPMS AG 1 5 125 150um 480x480 Deformable Silver Coated PMMA Microsphere Spacers

Silver Coated Glass Microspheres work well for increasing the conductivity of bond lines, but they lack the capability to deform when compressed to give increased conductive contact between the surfaces of the bond line.? These newly released Silver Coated PMMA Microspheres offer the low weight deformable pmma cores, and 250nm thick silver coating for high conductivity. Conductivity of this…

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Reflective Billboard – Creative Outdoor Billboard for McDonald’s

Bichromal (half-white half-black or any other color) Microspheres, Janus Particles

What a creative alternative to power-hungry digital displays. This large outdoor billboard is totally environmentally friendly because compared to LCD and LED displays that run on electricity, this display takes no energy to run. This creative outdoor billboard is made with reflective tape, visible only when illuminated by headlights in the darkness, created by ad agency Cossette.? To promote…

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