The first Japanese highly sensitive Chemiluminescence Analyzer in Europe is now being demonstrated in TWI's advanced materials laboratories at Abington, Cambridge, following a collaboration agreement with equipment developers Tohoku Electronic Industrial Company Ltd (TEI).
The agreement presents TWI with exciting opportunities for materials analysis, and allows TEI to demonstrate the capabilities of the equipment to interested organisations in the UK and further afield for a range of applications - the Chemiluminescence Analyzer is the most sensitive photon counting device and spectrometer in the world, detecting down to 50 photons/cm2/sec (about 1/10000 of a firefly) or 10-15 Watts.
Chemiluminescence, or the discharge of ultra-weak light invisible to the human eye, is generated in all materials as a result of atmospheric oxidisation. Use of the TEI Chemiluminescence Analyzer will impact, for example, on studies in the advancement of high performance polymer materials in the aerospace or automotive industries, on quality control in the food industry, and on biochemical degradation studies.
Potential applications include: measurement of peroxide content of soybean oil; oxidation of beer or milk powder; chemiluminescence spectrum of food oil; analysis of human skin surface lipid peroxides; tumour cell detection; oxidation of tablets; oxidation of materials including polymers, elastomers and rubbers. Further applications are listed here.
Dr Rie Yamada, President of TEI commented: 'The agreement with TWI is an exciting move for our company in scoping future global opportunities for the use of the Chemiluminescence Analyzer. We are delighted to showcase the equipment in TWI's advanced materials laboratories.'
There are currently 500 Cheminluminescence Analyzers in operation in Japan - the unit at TWI in Cambridge, UK, is the first from TEI to be introduced in Europe.
For further information or for a demonstration please contact: Dr Farshad Salamat-Zadeh in the Advanced Materials and Processes Group at TWI.