Developing new way to create nanoscale emulsions

Emulsions, or oil-water mixtures, are of common occurrence in our daily lives. “In fact, our life begins with emulsions. When a baby is born the very first thing it drinks is milk, which is an emulsion,” said Sushant Anand, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering. “So, we have long relationships with emulsions.” Emulsions are used in more items than we may realize. They are used in drug delivery, material synthesis, cosmetics, oil recovery, food products, and many multibillion-dollar industries. Read more


A wearable device that tracks the heart rate and breathing of babies has been developed by University of Sussex scientists for parents concerned about the possibility of cot death. The technology uses liquid-based sensors which contain an emulsion made from graphene, water and oil, which conducts electricity. Comprised of carbon atoms, as a material graphene is strong, flexible and conductive, when a channel or tube holding the liquid is stretched, even by a small amount, the conductivity of the liquid changes. Read more


Chemical companies generate lot of operational and shop floor data regularly through PLC/SCADA/DCS or Data historian systems. However, only a fraction of data is used by process engineers, field operators and maintenance personnel currently for decision making. Manufacturing analytics can help chemical manufacturers to gain actionable insights, to quickly diagnose abnormal conditions or potential problems and to make better decisions leveraging. Read more


Fluid Metering Inc (FMI) introduces their new 400 μL dispensing pump ideal for medical, analytical and biotech instrumentation. The STF1-9 expands dispense and metering capabilities of previous STH designs. The STF1-9 is available in nine drive configurations. A supplied adjustment tool rotates an eccentric bushing to precisely make micro-volume adjustments. There are also four standard pump head options available to provide a fluid path with maximum chemical and dispense volume/flow rate compatibility. Read more

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