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The University of Melbourne boosts its toolkit for nanoparticle analysis with the Malvern NanoSight NS300 The Malvern NanoSight NS300, recently installed within the Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform (MCFP) at the University of Melbourne, is providing an easyto-use, reproducible platform for nanoparticle characterisation. Aimed to support cutting-edge research in fields such as nanobiotechnology, biomedical engineering and drug delivery, the instrument is now available for all academic researchers and external commercial work. “The instrument is already being used by researchers from various disciplines and backgrounds including academic, research institution and industrial users,” said James Griffith, Acting Platform Manager, MCFP. The range of samples being analysed includes gold nanoparticles, nanoparticles within biological mediums, polymers and extracellular vesicles. The MCFP supports materials research

through advanced instrumentation, analysis and characterisation. The MCFP hosts a number of complementary techniques for particle characterisation, including the recently installed NanoSight NS300. The MCFP welcomes all users across the scientific community. “We decided to purchase a NanoSight to have an instrument that combines the capabilities of multiple instruments in one in order to look at particle concentration and size distribution,” said Griffith. “The ease of use and rapid analysis makes the instrument convenient for researchers of all levels and from a broad range of disciplines.”

Nanoparticle size analysis Nanoparticles are playing a growing role across a range of different applications and industries due to their unique properties, such as high surface area to volume and high number. Applications such as viral vaccines, nanobubbles, exosomes, coatings, filtration and the ability to remove pollutants from industrial processes all require an understanding of the different nanoparticle properties to optimise their stability and effectiveness. There are many techniques available for analysis of nanoparticle size distribution, of which the most common include dynamic

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