The Acorn Area measures particles in about 5 minutes, just as they are made, in any liquid, at any concentration: no dilution, drying, or any sample preparation whatsoever.
The Drop performs size measurements of high concentration, high viscosity, opaque and light-sensitive emulsions non-destructively, without dilution.
The Flow enables the user to measure the influence of additives such as surfactants and dispersants on the particle-liquid interface of nanoparticle dispersions. Surfactants are among the most important and the most expensive components in a nanoparticulate dispersion, and optimizing their concentration maximizes formulation stability and profitability.
You don't have to be a "nanotechnologist" in order to generate meaningful results. Our software is designed so that measurements can be performed with little operator training, making our technology accessible to R&D and QC/QA/in-Process applications. Xigo’s patented technology is based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and, although small in size, functions as a portable NMR machine, capable of a wide range of standard NMR tests in addition to surface area measurements. Xigo seeks to provide devices that help scientists, researchers and corporations improve the performance of nanomaterials ushering the transition of these materials from the research laboratory to commercial applications.
140 units sold to date
We love concentrated dispersions
No sample preparation, no cleanup
No moving parts, no problems
The Acorn Area is an ideal tool to develop electronic dispersions and then later, to monitor the quality of those dispersions in manufacturing.
For scientists looking for revolutionary or novel solutions for the energy capture, transfer, and storage challenges of the 21st century.
Optimize drug product characteristics such as pharmacokinetics and chemical and physical stability at the same time using the most cost effective manufacturing strategy for a given dosage form.
Pigments & Coatings
No particle analyzer was available to determine the wetted surface area of suspensions and slurries, until now.
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Dr. David Fairhurst
About: Dave has climbed some of the world’s largest mountains, flown airplanes, run marathons, and just about every other thrill seeking event you can imagine. When he isn’t explaining how our machines can be used to solve industrial problems, he can be found in South Carolina, enjoying life next to a golf course.
About: When Rob isn't building Acorn Areas and Drops, he is watching NASCAR. Rob knows every NASCAR driver by their first name, their car number, and their ranking in the NASCAR championship. If it has a motor in it and it can go in circles, Rob is interested.
About: Cara is our resident financial wizard and is the do it all Mom and mother of 2 amazing young girls. Cara is the ultimate juggler, managing to keep Xigo's books to the penny and still getting her girls to church, scouts, swim meets, and taking the dog to the vet.
Position: A little bit of everything
About: I have 4 children, all boys, ranging in age from 16-25. One of my favorite things to do with them is watch NFL Football. My favorite team is the New England Patriots. I grew up in Massachusetts, and was a Pats fan at an early age, before they were the powerhouse they are today.I also like to ski, and enjoy doing home renovations. When i was younger I worked in construction and I enjoy working with my hands. I am also a car fanatic, I drive a BMW and I like to watch Formula 1 racing.
Position: Inside Sales
Position: Manager of Xigo United Kingdom
About: Keith manages Xigo Nanotools UK. When he is not visiting the Great Wall of China as you see in this picture, you can find him at one of our customers in the UK, or helping Xigo out in Mumbai.
About: Jesse recently visited us in Japan for a week long extended applications and sales training. Here he is taking a short break from training to enjoy some Japanese cuisine in Osaka.
Position: New England Sales Rep.
Address: 140 Christopher Rd. N. Yarmouth, ME 04097 address
About: David has a passion for nature and the outdoors. In the summer he can often be found wading the rivers and estuaries of Maine, fly fishing with his two boys. Hiking, boating, and swimming are other favorite summer activities. In the winter, it's skating, skiing (XC and downhill), and ice fishing. David also appreciates good food and has a bold palette that will try almost anything.
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Seoul, Korea, September 23, 2016- The Sales and Support departments of Hwashin Instruments recently completed sales and applications training for XiGo’s patented NMR based dispersion measuring technology at their offices in Seoul, Korea. XiGo Nanotools instruments provide an unprecedented level of sensitivity to changes in the wetted surfaces of particles in concentrated dispersions. Measurements take[…]
Physico-chemical investigation of Cellulose Nanomaterials using NMR Liquid Relaxation
A study published in the current edition of Applied Materials and Interfaces journal finds new applications for graphene oxide now that it can be reliably stored and redissolved in various solvents. With the Acorn Area™, Dr. Gao and associates from Zhejiang University and the Joint Graphene Center, studied the unfolding (DU) of a new, flower-shaped single layered graphene oxide[…]
2016 TAPPI International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials Grenoble, France June 13–16 Physico-chemical investigation of Cellulose Nanomaterials using NMR relaxation Dr. David Fairhurst & S.W. Race, XiGo Nanotools Inc., Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA Abstract Cellulose nanomaterials (CNM) demonstrate great promise for use in a wide array of industrial sectors. For example, the theoretical[…]
Live with Dr. David Fairhurst Better understand concentrated dispersions. Acorn Particle Analyzers utilizepatented nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology to evaluate the wetted surfaces of concentrated dispersions with simplicity, speed and versatility. Scientists in pharmaceuticals, pigments, adhesives, electronics, and energy have found XiGo’s Acorn Particle Analyzers invaluable to their quality control and research and development efforts. When: Tuesday,[…]
David Palmlund is a Technical Sales Engineer with over 12 years of experience in particle characterization techniques such as Dynamic Imaging Particle Analysis (DIPA), Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA), Dynamic Light Scatter (DLS), micro electrophoresis and laser diffraction. He currently sells products for a variety of instrument manufacturers as an independent manufacturer’s representative. Prior to that,[…]
Xigo’s China-based partner Twinson participated at GRAPCHINA 2015, an international graphene innovation conference in Qingdao, China.
Dr. David Fairhurt’s lecture slides from his presentation at the 2015 American Institute of Chemical Engineers meeting in Utah on November 9 on Microemulsions available for download: Fingerprinting Emulsions and Micro-emulsions using Solvent NMR Relaxation and Diffusion measurements
Basically, an Acorn Area. Scientists at NIST and the University of Akron ask and answer the question, “What do we still need to understand to commercialize cellulose nanomaterials?” in an article for the the Institution for Civil Engineers latest publication of its journal on Green Materials. They were kind enough to mention our wetted surface area approach to[…]
Real Time On-Line Wetted Surface Area Measurements Powtex, Osaka, Japan October 16, 2015: Makino Company KK presented online mill slurry monitoring using Xigo Nanotools Acorn Flow. XiGo’s patented NMR based dispersion measuring technology provides an unprecedented level of sensitivity to changes in the wetted surface area of concentrated dispersions. Real time monitoring of the milling[…]