Industry News: Krüss and the University of Bristol, Celebrate the Opening of the Krüss Surface Science Centre

19 Dec 2008

Krüss GmbH and the University of Bristol, recently celebrated the opening of the Krüss Surface Science Centre located inside the School of Chemistry. Krüss customers from throughout the UK joined researchers at the University for an afternoon to mark the beginning of this innovative collaboration. After a celebratory lunch, participants visited the facility to learn more about the centre’s facilities and the services that it can offer.

The centre which is run by Krüss will provide a local base for the company from which to serve its customers in the UK and Ireland. Customers will be able to make use of the services provided by the centre which include sample testing, training courses as well as instrument demonstrations.

A major feature of the centre is its laboratory, equipped with a full suite of state-of–the–art Krüss instruments for surface science analysis. Researchers at the University as well as the Bristol Colloid Centre will have access to the entire suite of instruments for their research purposes.

The tremendous potential of this collaboration has already been illustrated by a joint paper recently published by the Materials and Colloids groups at the University in the journal Soft Matter. The paper shows results obtained using facilities now available at the centre.

The work, also featured on the front page of the New Scientist web site, describes how a UV light sensitive surfactant can be triggered to convert a smooth emulsion of nanoparticles back into a separated system. The major applications of this discovery are in low-energy separation and recovery techniques for colloidal and nanoparticle dispersions.

For more information about the centre and its facilities, please click the more information button on the right.