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  • Fluorescent Microspheres Used for Experiments in Plant Canopies

    Fluorescent Microspheres - Polymer Spheres - 1g/cc

    Fluorescent Microspheres – Polymer Spheres – 1g/cc

    The University of Utah in collaboration with USDA Labs in Corvallis, OR performed five field campaigns in commercial vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  Among the methodologies developed over the five-years experiment was the use of fluorescent microsheres as a fungal spore analog.  The microspheres used were inert fluorescing polyethylene micropsheres in four separate colors manufactured by Cospheric.

    The article attached below outlines the technology developed as well as microspheres sampling and meteorological equipment used in the experiments.  The authors of the article conclude that “these techniques have enabled for incredibly detailed research into particle plume dynamics in a vineyard.”

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  • Solid Polyethylene Microspheres for Effects in Color Cosmetics

    A recent article in Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine describes the use Solid Polyethylene Mirospheres for Effects in Color Cosmetics.

    Flesh Tone Microspheres - Color Matched to Skin Sample

    Flesh Tone Microspheres - Color Matched to Skin Sample

    Micropsheres have been used in cosmetics for some time, primarily as fillers and exfoliators. Most recently scientists started to utilize light reflecting properties of microspheres for creating unique optical effects, such as optical blurring and wrinkle filling.  Due to light scattering effects of the spherical surface, formulating with appropriate microspheres can minimize the appearance of fine lines and uneven skin tone, due to optically reducing contrast on the skin.

    The spherical shape and smooth surface of microspheres creates a low friction ball-bearing effect that gives formulations an elegant, silky feel. This ball-bearing effect promotes better blending on the skin and a more natural finish due to the enhanced slip, glide and omnidirectional spreadability, imparting a cream to powder texture. Outstanding roundness also provides lubrication during application, which enhances the tactile experience of a cosmetic product. Continue reading “Solid Polyethylene Microspheres for Effects in Color Cosmetics” »