Nanoparticles find applications in multiple technological and scientific fields, and laser ablation in liquid (LAL) emerged as a versatile method for providing colloidal solutions of nanomaterials with various composition, by a low cost, simple, self-standing, and “green” procedure. However, the use of high energy and high power laser beams is harmful, especially when coupled with flammable or toxic liquids, and in situ operation is required for starting, monitoring the LAL synthesis, and stopping it at the desired point. Here we describe the hardware and software design and the test results of a system for the production of nanoparticles by laser ablation synthesis in liquid solution (LASiS), which is remotely controllable with a personal computer or a smartphone. In this system, laser energy and solution flux are selectable, and the synthesis status can be monitored and managed at any time off site. Only commercially available components and software are employed, making the whole apparatus easily reproducible in any LAL laboratory. The system has proven its reliability in various conditions, including intercontinental remote control experiments. Overall, this apparatus represents a step forward to improve the safety and to more efficiently exploit the time of people working with LASiS, thus contributing to the increasing demand for off-site real time monitoring of experimental equipment in many scientific and industrial laboratories, due to safety and efficiency requirements.

A system for the synthesis of nanoparticles by laser ablation in liquid that is remotely controlled with PC or smartphone

Crivellaro S.;Guadagnini A.;Schinca D.;Amendola V.
2019

Abstract

Nanoparticles find applications in multiple technological and scientific fields, and laser ablation in liquid (LAL) emerged as a versatile method for providing colloidal solutions of nanomaterials with various composition, by a low cost, simple, self-standing, and “green” procedure. However, the use of high energy and high power laser beams is harmful, especially when coupled with flammable or toxic liquids, and in situ operation is required for starting, monitoring the LAL synthesis, and stopping it at the desired point. Here we describe the hardware and software design and the test results of a system for the production of nanoparticles by laser ablation synthesis in liquid solution (LASiS), which is remotely controllable with a personal computer or a smartphone. In this system, laser energy and solution flux are selectable, and the synthesis status can be monitored and managed at any time off site. Only commercially available components and software are employed, making the whole apparatus easily reproducible in any LAL laboratory. The system has proven its reliability in various conditions, including intercontinental remote control experiments. Overall, this apparatus represents a step forward to improve the safety and to more efficiently exploit the time of people working with LASiS, thus contributing to the increasing demand for off-site real time monitoring of experimental equipment in many scientific and industrial laboratories, due to safety and efficiency requirements.
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