Theta Lite is a compact and robust optical tensiometer for simple and precise operations. It comes with a manual sample stage and liquid dispenser, making it a convenient entry-level instrument for routine measurements, educational use and quality control. It enables investigation of material properties such as:
Theta Lite measures contact angle, surface free energy, dynamic contact angles, surface tension and interfacial tension. The available drop profiles are: sessile drop, pendant drop, meniscus, captive bubble and reverse pendant drop. Advancing and receding contact angles can also be studied automatically or manually. The instrument comes with a manual sample stage and an automated or manual liquid dispenser, making it a convenient entry-level instrument for research, industrial processes and educational use.
Theta Lite has an open design that allows easy manipulation of samples and easy access to the instrument. As an optical instrument, all measurement depends on precision, high-quality imaging and effective analytical software. Attension optical tensiometers use a source of cold monochromatic LED light and a smooth lighting integration sphere that reduces sample evaporation. High image quality is guaranteed with a high-resolution digital camera and rapid 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 offers performance and simplicity:
OneAttension 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.
Measuring chambers, cuvettes and other accessories are available to add capabilities to your Theta Lite.
Microfluidics studies the behavior of fluids (liquid and gases) in micrometer scale structures. The behavior of fluids differs significantly when moving from macro-sized systems to micro-sized devices due to increased surface to volume ratio. Factors such as surface tension and fluidic resistance start to dominate the system. The main application areas for microfluidics are pharmaceutical and biological research as well as in diagnostics. Applications can also be found in the energy and electronic sectors.
Contact angle measurements are important in microfluidic research and quality control since surfaces with different wettabilities are often utilized in microfluidic chips.
For a more detailed example of contact angle measurements in microfluidics, see:
There are several situations when a surface has to be optimally clean for processing or further use, for example semiconductor industry wafers and packaging materials for food and pharmaceutical products. The efficiency of cleaning formulations can be evaluated by determining how well a surface has been cleaned after it has been contaminated—for example, textiles, porcelain, windows, floor and wall tiles.
Contact angle is one of the most sensitive of all surface analytical techniques since already the top nanometer of the surface influences wetting behavior. Contact angle and surface free energy measurements are commonly utilized as a simple and fast measuring technique when studying surface heterogeneity and cleanliness.