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Generate and combine your own nanoparticles

The VSP-G1 nanoparticle generator provides you with the possibility to perform groundbreaking research within the field of nanomaterials without the limitations of common generation methods and materials. It allows you to move through the research cycle quickly, fast forwarding from hypothesis to success! Are you ready to break down the last barriers in aerosol and material science?

Mix and match your metals

The VSP-G1 uses two electrodes as base material to generate sub 20 nm particles. Below 20 nm, quantum effects of nanoparticles can be used for all kinds of applications.  All solid (semi)conductive materials that can be processed into electrodes can be used in this device. This allows for the creation of particles of bi-metals, nano-alloys or materials that are immiscible in bulk state.

The current methods to generate nanoparticles are complex, which makes them time consuming and limited to just a few materials. With the VSP-G1 researchers can bring back months of work to just a matter of hours or days:

  • Easy: The VSP-G1 is controlled by just three buttons. The first one serves as on/off switch and emergency stop, while the other two are used to alter the particle size and production rate. The VSP-G1 is operated at room temperature and standard pressure

  • Fast: the VSP-G1 offers effortless interchangeability of electrode material. 

  • Reproducible: once you have the ideal settings defined, there is nothing that stops you from reproducing it with the VSP-G1. 

 

Output distribution of particles between 0-20 nm

Making large particles at high concentrations is easy, but making very small particles at high concentrations is one of the most challenging tasks in aerosol research and material science. VSP-G1 delivers high output of very small particles, starting from atom clusters of a few atoms.

Stability of 98% in long term experiments 

State-of-the art experiments in aerosol research and material science demand a very stable and highly reproducible output of sub 20 nm particles. The VSP-G1 has a highly reliable production output, with an average stability up top 98%. This will help to speed up your research and gain reproducible results over long term experiments.

The spark ablation process used in the VSP-G1 is a purely physical process that only requires electricity, a carrier gas and electrode material to produce clean nanoparticles. No additional chemicals are required for the production or to stabilize the particles in the aerosol. The produced nanoparticles can be directly incorporated into the next process step or applied in a product by, for example, impaction, electrostatic precipitation or filtering.

This way the unique physical properties of the nanoparticles are directly available in the product. The carrier gas can simply be recycled by passing it through a filter and used again, minimizing the environmental impact of the process.

The VSP-G1 has bench-top dimensions and  is designed to fit most lab-tables and fume hoods. If you wish to set it up in your own lab, you can opt for either buying or leasing the nanoparticle generator. It is also possible to work in our lab or let vsparticle provide you with some test samples. Just contact our sales team or complete the contact form to see which option fits your situation and research best. 

Flexible offerings

Choose the option that suits you

As we do understand that buying yet another research tool is not always the best or most attainable option, the vsparticle sales team is always prepared to think along with you. 

  • Buying the VSP-G1 nanoparticle generator
  • Leasing the G1 nanoparticle generator
  • Renting the vsparticle lab
  • Nanoparticle samples of the material of your choice
  • Support from our research team

Best-in-class customer experience

Minimize setup time

Generate nanoparticles with the push of a button. Our best-in-class customer experience is intuitive for scientist and students, and allows for quick iterations to speed up research. Spark energy and frequency can be controlled on the device, gas flow can be controlled with flow-controllers of other vendors. Setup time is minimized and settings can be logged via RS232 port on the back. 

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Use of any (semi-)conductive material

Spark ablation is a versatile technology that works with a wide variety of materials, including metals (e.g. silver, copper, gold, platinum, tungsten or nickel), semiconductors (e.g. silicon) and carbon. 

In the table below, elements highlighted in green are those that have been found to be compatible with spark ablation. Other elements for which information is available are presented in black while elements that may be used in the spark ablation process (e.g. as carrier gas or modifier) are shown in green. Click or tap on the element of your interest to learn more!

1

H

Hydrogen1.01
2

He

Helium4
3

Li

Lithium6.94
4

Be

Beryllium9.01
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5

B

Boron10.81
6

C

Carbon12.01
7

N

Nitrogen14.01
8

O

Oxygen16
9

F

Fluorine19
10

Ne

Neon20.18
11

Na

Sodium22.99
12

Mg

Magnesium24.3
13

Al

Aluminum26.98
14

Si

Silicon28.09
15

P

Phosphorus30.97
16

S

Sulfur32.06
17

Cl

Chlorine35.45
18

Ar

Argon39.1
19

K

Potassium39.95
20

Ca

Calcium40.08
21

Sc

Scandium44.96
22

Ti

Titanium47.87
23

V

Vanadium50.94
24

Cr

Chromium52
25

Mn

Manganese54.94
26

Fe

Iron55.84
27

Co

Cobalt58.69
28

Ni

Nickel58.93
29

Cu

Copper63.55
30

Zn

Zinc65.39
31

Ga

Gallium69.72
32

Ge

Germanium72.64
33

As

Arsenic74.92
34

Se

Selenium78.96
35

Br

Bromine79.9
36

Kr

Krypton83.8
37

Rb

Rubidium85.47
38

Sr

Strontium87.62
39

Y

Yttrium88.91
40

Zr

Zirconium91.22
41

Nb

Niobium92.91
42

Mo

Molybdenum95.94
43

Tc

Technetium98
44

Ru

Ruthenium101.07
45

Rh

Rhodium102.91
46

Pd

Palladium106.42
47

Ag

Silver107.87
48

Cd

Cadmium112.41
49

In

Indium114.82
50

Sn

Tin118.71
51

Sb

Antimony121.76
52

Te

Tellurium126.9
53

I

Iodine127.6
54

Xe

Xenon131.29
55

Cs

Cesium132.91
56

Ba

Barium137.33
57-71

Lanthanoids
72

Hf

Hafnium178.49
73

Ta

Tantalum180.95
74

W

Tungsten183.84
75

Re

Rhenium186.21
76

Os

Osmium190.23
77

Ir

Iridium192.22
78

Pt

Platinum195.08
79

Au

Gold196.97
80

Hg

Mercury200.59
81

Tl

Thallium204.38
82

Pb

Lead207.2
83

Bi

Bismuth208.98
84

Po

Polonium209
85

At

Astatine210
86

Rn

Radon222
87

Fr

Francium223
88

Ra

Radium226
89-103

Actinoids
104

Rf

Rutherfordium262
105

Db

Dubnium262
106

Sg

Seaborgium264
107

Bh

Bohrium266
108

Hs

Hassium268
109

Mt

Meitnerium272
110

Ds

Darmstadtium277
111

Rg

Röntgium0
112

Cn

Copernicium0
113

Nh

Nihonium0
114

Fl

Flerovium0
115

Mc

Moscovium0
116

Lv

Livermorium0
117

Ts

Tennesine0
118

Og

Oganesson0
Lanthanoids57

La

Lanthanum 138.91
58

Ce

Cerium 140.12
59

Pr

Praseodymium 140.91
60

Nd

Neodymium 144.24
61

Pm

Promethium 145
62

Sm

Samarium 150.36
63

Eu

Europium 151.96
64

Gd

Gadolinium 157.25
65

Tb

Terbium 158.93
66

Dy

Dysprosium 162.5
67

Ho

Holmium 164.93
68

Er

Erbium 167.26
69

Tm

Thulium 168.93
70

Yb

Ytterbium 173.04
71

Lu

Lutetium 174.97
Actinoids89

Ac

Actinium 227
90

Th

Thorium 231.04
91

Pa

Protactinium 232.04
92

U

Uranium 237
93

Np

Neptunium 238.03
94

Pu

Plutonium 243
95

Am

Americium 244
96

Cm

Curium 247
97

Bk

Berkelium 247
98

Cf

Californium 251
99

Es

Einsteinium 252
100

Fm

Fermium 257
101

Md

Mendelevium 258
102

No

Nobelium 259
103

Lr

Lawrencium 261

Technical specifications

Power
110-240V AC

Dimensions
Casing ca. 52x30x20cm - Reactor added height ca. 10cm

Weight
19kg

Gas inlet/outlet
10mm tubes (with Swagelok connectors)

Display
16x2 characters

Digital output
RS232

Operation window

Flow rate
1-30 L/min

Gas
Supported: Ar or N2 (recommended purity 5.0)
Unsupported: He, Ne, Xe, Kr
Contact VSParticle for use of reactive gases such as air, H2.

Electrode material
Comes with Cu electrodes.
Various other metals (e.g. Ag, Au, Pt, W, Ni), semiconductors and carbon are possible.

Primary particle size
1 atom to 20 nm
Ablation rate
~0.01-100 mg/h (material dependent)

Typical particle concentration
108-1011 cm-3

Development partners