Metal Coated Microspheres – Conductive Silver Coating

Electrically conductive microspheres are produced by applying a metallic silver coating to the surface of the microspheres, thus giving the advantages of a metal particle with the additional properties of the core microsphere. Typically hollow glass microspheres are silver coated as this offers the combination of a low density filler and a conductive particle. Coatings with…

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Technical Characteristics of PMMA Microspheres

PMMA micropsheres or polymethylmethacrylate microspheres are often referred as acrylic microspheres.? PMMA polymer is an amorphous, transparent and colorless thermoplastic that is hard and stiff. It has good abrasion and UV resistance and excellent optical clarity. It has somewhat poor solvent resistance. PMMA spheres are soluble in organic solvents such as acetone, benzene, or halogenated hydrocarbons. Though flammable, PMMA…

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Fluorochromes – Excitation and Emission Wavelengths Reference Table

Below is a useful reference table of various Fluorochromes that can be used in research requiring precise responses. For more information about Fluorescent Microspheres that utilize fluorochromes please refer to the related article titled “Fluorescent Microspheres – Properties and Applications.” The fluorochrome table is also available for download as a pdf. Table of Excitation and Emission Wavelengths FLUOROCHROME EXCITATION(nm)…

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Microspheres in Cosmetics – Solid Polymer Microspheres for Color Effects

A recent article on microspheres in Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine describes the use Solid Polyethylene Mirospheres for Effects in Color Cosmetics. Microspheres have been used in cosmetics for some time, primarily as fillers and exfoliators. Most recently scientists started to utilize light reflecting properties of microspheres for creating unique optical effects, such as optical blurring and wrinkle filling. Due…

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Cosmetic Applications of Injectable Polymer Microspheres

Polymer microspheres, in particular injectable polymer particles with a diameter in the range of 30-300um, are becoming widely used as a biomaterial in different clinical fields, such as cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, and urology. Injectable skin fillers offer many benefits in cosmetic dermatology, allowing new forms of facial rejuvenation and wrinkle treatment without surgery. Injectable skin and wrinkle fillers…

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Motivations for Using Biodegradable Microspheres in Drug Delivery

In recent years there is significant interest in using biodegradable polymeric microspheres for drug delivery. Delivering drugs through biodegradable microspheres has numerous advantages compared to conventional delivery systems. While in conventional systems the drug is usually released shortly after delivery and stops working after a brief period of time, biodegradable polymer offers a way to provide sustained release over…

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Porous Ceramics: Application for Polyethylene Microspheres

Polymer microspheres offer an excellent solution to creating precise pore sizes in ceramics at reasonable prices. Polyethylene microspheres offer the added benefit of minimal residue after firing, and the availability in wide size ranges from a few micron up to 1000um (1mm). Highly spherical microspheres have the added benefit of creating strong pores without any…

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