Accurate Modeling of Viruses – Spherical Particle Shape, Size, and Density

Spherical Particle Shape of Coronavirus from CDC

Spherical Particle Shape of Viruses and Droplets: Due to the global pandemic, there has been a big focus on Coronavirus research and a lot of pressure for researchers and scientists to understand how Coronavirus spreads, as well as how we can effectively stop that spread by implementing effective cleaning protocols, prevention of respiratory droplets traveling, disinfecting of surfaces, or…

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3 Scenarios When Density of Microspheres Matters in Research

Does Density of Microspheres Matter for Fluid Suspension?

When is the density of microspheres important? Density of microspheres controls the buoyancy of each particle and its behavior in a system or process. Let’s look at three scenarios: (1) suspension of microspheres in a specific fluid, (2) fluid flow, performing flow visualizations, or particle image velocimetry, and (3) simulation or modeling of objects with specific density.

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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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Suspension of Hydrophobic Particles in Aqueous Solution – Density Gradients

Hydrophobic Particles in Solution

Fortunately, there is a simple way to overcome the hydrophobic effect. It is called a surfactant, a detergent, or simply ?soap.? Surfactant is a magical molecule that has both hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties, which coats the particles and helps them mix into water. The same mechanism applies when we use soap to wash greasy dishes or stained clothes.

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Particle Dispersion Experiments in Plant Canopies

UV Fluorescent Microspheres

Fluorescent Microspheres in Particle Dispersion Experiment Fluorescent microspheres produced by Cospheric LLC were used as part of ongoing work to to conduct particle dispersion experiments in plant canopies and study the mechanisms of fungal epidemiology in vineyards. The University of Utah in collaboration with USDA Labs in Corvallis, OR performed five field particle dispersion campaigns in commercial vineyards in…

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Microspheres in Drug Delivery Systems – 2 Essential Uses

Polystyrene Microspheres

Benefits of Microspheres in Drug Delivery There are numerous benefits of using microspheres in drug delivery due to their precise uniform dimensions, larger surface area per unit volume, as well as the ability to be surface-functioalized or loaded with active compounds and other additives. Typically microspheres in drug delivery are manufactured out of biodegradable materials such as PLGA, polylactic…

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Cospheric is Enabling Breakthroughs with Precision Microspheres

Properties of Microspheres - Composition

Yelena Lipovetskaya, the CEO and co-founder of Cospheric LLC, the leading global supplier of precision microspheres, was recently interviewed on 805conversations podcast which features engaging talks with leaders and thinkers in the 805 region in California. In this podcast, Yelena talks about the microsphere company, the foundations, and the path forward. Yelena answers a lot of challenging and informative…

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12th International Symposium on Particle Image Velcoimetry

Sourcing Microspheres - Monodisperse Silica

Particle Image Velocimetry and Seeding Particles I recently attended the 12th International Symposium on Particle Image Velocimetry in Busan, Korea on behalf of Cospheric, a company that specializes in precision microspheres. With the hope of learning more about seeding particles involved in PIV research and what advancements in microsphere technology would benefit the work being done in flow visualization….

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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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