Create and Characterize Thin Films with Controlled Packing Density

KSV NIMA provides instruments and measurement solutions for the fabrication and characterization of advanced organized thin films with controlled packing density. The most common applications include for example depositing highly controlled nanoparticle coatings and studying biological lipid membranes.

With the KSV NIMA Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett solutions and the wide range of characterization tools for air-water and air-solid interfaces, creating films with defined thickness and properties has been made simple and modern. KSV NIMA combines 30 years of experience from two former world leaders, KSV from Finland and NIMA from the UK.

Today, KSV NIMA instruments are used in research and development globally, by 97% of the world’s top one hundred natural life science universities including MIT, Berkeley, Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford, Toronto and Tokyo. KSV NIMA products are also used by some of the most renowned research institutes and companies in the world such as NASA, General Electric, 3M, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Roche, Abbott, Samsung, AkzoNobel, Toyota and Hitachi.

What Our Customers Are Saying


NRS Nancy University, France


cnrsThe Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a government-funded research organization that account for more than a quarter of the public research in France.
“We are using KSV NIMA PM-IRRAS instrument to record IR spectra on various monolayers formed at air-water interfaces and often used as model of biological membranes. Our studies aim for instance at characterizing the interaction of drugs or toxics with the monolayers. We use KSV NIMA Langmuir troughs to form monolayers and control packing densities. Our relationship with KSV NIMA is very special: they always give very fast answers and they are interested in helping us with our research. For instance, their PM-IRRAS was created after we expressed our interest toward such a system and following discussions between our research team and KSV NIMA. We had been using another IR system previously, spending a lot of time adjusting the system and playing with mirrors. The ease of use and fast setup of the KSV NIMA PM-IRRAS has greatly simplified our work. This unique configuration of the instrument is benefiting our research on floating monolayers.”

Kyoto University, Japan


kyoto-uniFounded in 1869, Kyoto University is one of the best universities in the world, claiming no less than 6 Nobel prize winners. The second largest University, in Japan, after Tokyo University with a yearly budget of over ten billion yen.
“We are using LB troughs to try to accumulate the polymer on a substrate. Because of its user-friendly features, KSV NIMA LB troughs are the best choice. Also, since replacement of students regularly occurs at University lab, the easy to use KSV NIMA trough, I believe, really fits this type of environment.”




University of Valladolid, Spain


valladolid-logoThe University of Valladolid is home to more than 30 000 students and 2000 faculty members and considered the oldest university in Spain.
“We are using the LB to prepare LB films of phthalocyanines on ITO (indium tin oxide) to use them as Voltametric sensors. We’ve recently started to prepare LB films of lipids / enzymes / phthalocyanines also to be used as electrochemical biosensors. We need KSV NIMA LB because the high order degree allows to get better quality and more reproducible Volta grams. In the case of biosensor, the enzyme is immobile in a similar environmental to cells membrane, so the sensitivity is higher. KSV NIMA and Lasing provide great and kind service. Quick technical support with technician who knows very well the instruments”.