Theta harnesses the power of full automation to deliver unparalleled performance and ease of use for the most demanding research and industrial applications. It enables investigation of material properties such as:
Theta is able to perform a complete range of automated measurements, which makes it a highly versatile instrument in research, industrial and QC laboratories. Measurements include: static contact angle with the sessile drop, captive bubble and meniscus methods, dynamic contact angle with the tilted drop and sessile drop methods, surface free energy, surface/interfacial tension with the pendant drop and reverse pendant drop methods, 3D surface roughness with the Fringe projection phase shifting method, and interfacial dilatational rheology with the pulsating drop method.
Theta enables you to choose the level of automation and the advanced functionalities that you need for your applications. It also a high degree of modularity and an extensive range of accessories that allow you to upgrade or change the instrument as your needs evolve.
Attension optical tensiometers use a monochromatic cold LED light source and a smooth lighting integration sphere to minimize sample evaporation. Image quality is guaranteed with a high-resolution digital camera and a high-speed data transfer between the computer and the instrument.
The system comes with OneAttension control software for analysis of drop shapes. It uses for example, the Young-Laplace equation as a reference method and can fit the entire drop profile. It complies with the promise of performance and simplicity:
OneAttension is an all-inclusive software that enables immediate access to all measurement capabilities with no need to purchase and install separate software modules. It features an intuitive user interface, live analysis, configurable user groups and accounts and a preset liquid database. Any datapoint or groups of datapoints can be selected, transformed, plotted and analyzed. In-depth analysis takes seconds and data can be easily exported.
Water-in-oil emulsions are formed in restrictions such as choke valves and pumps during oil production. This water must be separated out to attain adequate oil quality. Asphaltenes are soluble polyaromatics that naturally occur in crude oil and are a major emulsion stabilizer.
To study the role of asphaltenes at oil−water interfaces, measurements of interfacial rheology using the pulsating droplet technique at different frequencies, different concentrations with Theta and OneAttension software can be done. The importance of asphaltenes will increase in the future as a significant portion of the new oil reserves are heavy crudes with an asphaltenic nature (oil sands, heavy oils).
Nano-engineered functional surfaces are studied for a wide range of applications. For instance, super-hydrophobic self-cleaning coatings can be utilized in solar cells and windows. Contact angle is the method used to define the super-hydrohobicity and functionality of these novel surfaces.
Various types of artificial materials are used as medical implants. The surface properties of the implant determine its interactions with the surrounding host tissue. Physicochemical properties of the surface, such as wettability and surface topography, are of prime importance for the optimization of adhesion, spreading and proliferation of cells. Contact angle and surface roughness measurements are therefore commonly utilized to evaluate biocompatibility of implants.
For more detailed examples of how Attension Theta contact angle and 3D Topography module roughness measurements have been used to evaluate biocompatibility, see downloadable Resources at top of page or download whitepaper: