The research and development market with respect to nanotechnology is now large and growing quickly. The USA National Science Foundation estimates the nano market will rise to US$1 trillion by 2015. Government investment in Nanotechnology now exceeds US$3 billion per annum.
There is a great deal of concern about the health effects of nanoparticles released into the environment unintentionally and there are many research projects investigating health effects. About 10% of the investment in R&D programmes in nano technologies is allocated to environment health and safety. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the US Environmental Protection Agency amongst others have allocated substantial funds for nano research; the results of which are likely to play a key role in the development and formulation of regulations to govern the legal, approval and social aspects of the commercialisation of nano technologies.
Effective investigative instrumentation is an essential prerequisite for research into all aspects of nanotechnology. Since the effects of nanoparticles are determined by their size and number these are the key basic attributes which must be determined. The portability and ease of use of Ancon instruments makes them ideal for many applications in the fields of aerosol and nanotechnology research. Measurements can be made in-situ, in various micro-environments such as aircraft, moving vehicles, indoors, and outdoors etc. Instruments are self-contained and simple to operate with user selectable multi-functionality. There are no radiation sources and instruments do not emit hazardous vapours. They operate for extended periods untended.
Relevant Products for Aerosol and Nanotechnology Applications:
The Aero Select is a wide-range sampler and is unique in that it spans the entire aerosol range from 2nm up to 20μm. Particles are collected simultaneously using both inertial deposition and diffusion, and separated into 12 size channels.
A companion product for the Aero Select, the MR250 is used to determine mass-size distributions quickly, eliminating the need for laboratory gravimetrical analysis. The mass reader uses the light scattering characteristics of aerosol particles to quantify the masses of samples taken with the Aero Select in the size range of 250 to 35000nm.
The Aero PS300 is a reduced flow rate version of the Aero Select that can be worn by individuals requiring a portable aerosol sampler in order to risk assess exposure. It comprises a Nano collector and a Cyclone where larger particles are removed, and contains a battery powered personal pump.