RIM technology uses scattered light to provide rapid online imaging and measurement of particle with varied size and shape ranging from hundreds of microns to tens of nanometres. By collating single-particle measurements, statistically representative shape descriptions and particle size distributions are obtained with a speed comparable to conventional image analysis (viz. on the time scale of seconds/minutes via real-time analysis). Minimal sample preparation is required, and particles may be freely diffusing in solution, or deposited onto a surface. RIM technology also operates over an unparalleled range of length scales spanning from the nanometre to the millimeter regime; this means that for large objects traditionally measured using video microscopy RIM technology can offer superior precision, while no other combination of techniques currently exists to deliver equivalent functionality on the sub-micron length scale.
Primary Application Area: Manufacturing, Instrumentation
Technology Development Status: Prototype
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 3
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 219
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
External Funding to Date: Funded by Australian Research Council Discovery Project