Dispertech was born in March 2019 with the idea of building a product based on research done in different labs. This would allow researchers from different fields to buy the device and perform their own experiments based on a top-notch technique. Precisely, we are building the next generation nanoparticle analyzers.
Nanoparticles are objects with dimensions smaller than 1 micrometer. They are very small, often much smaller than the wavelength of light. This makes it very tough to characterize them accurately. Just measuring the size of the particles is challenging, and yields very important information in different fields. For example, nanoparticles are used in cosmetics on a regular basis. However, it is not possible to reliable measure the size of the particles used, even though their properties may be very different. Moreover, the impact on health and the environment is still poorly understood.
Nanoparticles are also present naturally. Cells in the human body produce a type of particle called Extracellular Vesicle (EV). Their size is around 100nm or smaller. Extracellular Vesicles work as vehicles of information in the body, they can encapsulate proteins which are later absorbed by other cells far away. EV's have great potential as biomarkers that would allow early diagnosis or monitoring of treatment. However, standard techniques fail at the sizes more relevant in those fields.
At Dispertech we are developing devices based on hollow optical fibers. You can see more about it in the video below: