Nano- to Micro- Science & Metrology,
Lab-Tools Ltd. is a micro/SME spin-off company specialising in nano-science, nano-metrology and instrumentation design.
Lab-Tools also develop, operate and sell NMR Cryoporometry apparatus that is optimised to measure pore sizes, pore size distributions and pore volumes and to study materials that are structured on a sub-1nm to over 1µm length scale. Most finely porous materials are suitable for such studies, provided that a liquid can be added or is already present.
This apparatus is based on wide-temperature range low-field NMR relaxation spectrometers with ultra-precise temperature control. A new generation of NMR instrumentation VT is now ready for release. Peltier or gas cooled probes are available from Lab-Tools for use with the Lab-Tools NMR spectrometer, or to retro-fit industry standard NMR spectrometers, for your own NMR pore-size measurements.
Background information on the Cryoporometric technique is available at www.cryoporometry.com/ .
Lab-Tools performs Contract Measurements on Porous Systems for both academia and industry.
Lab-Tools performs research to study the properties of liquids and their ices / gas hydrates in structured materials and at interfaces.
The studies we perform are relevant to :
Lab-Tools performs industrial contract analyses and also joins with other bodies such as universities to perform academic research. Lab-Tools has close ties with academics at a number of universities.
Lab-Tools is a Micro/SME spin-off from the University
of Kent Physics
department, but has now moved the NMR research and
development laboratory to a new purpose designed facility near Ramsgate, in Kent.
Director Dr. Beau Webber has held
fellow positions at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, honorary and otherwise,
and has held positions at the University of Kent, honorary
and otherwise, for many years.
He has an extensive publication record in the fields of
nano-metrology and the
properties of liquids, ices and gas-hydrates in pores and
at interfaces :
Director Dr. Beau Webber has completed an academic project
using Lab-Tools' capabilities, together with the Centre
for Gas Hydrates Research at the Institute of Petroleum
Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, for three years, to a
value of £285,731. :
We have developed and demonstrated the first practical
protocol for making 1, 2 and 3 dimensionally resolved
Lab-Tools performs contract measurements for a number of national and international companies including in the construction industry and oil / well-logging industries.
Our techniques are based on both physical thermodynamics and scattering techniques, and we can apply a range of NMR, X-ray and neutron scattering techniques, as well as the more conventional gas adsorption and thermoporosimetry techniques.
The strength of Lab-Tools in the nano- to micro-scale field is based on a strong record of academic research, combined with extensively applied metrology, and the proven ability to implement novel measurement protocols with appropriate combinations of apparatus, hardware, firmware and software.Please do contact Dr. Beau Webber J.B.W.Webber@kent.ac.uk if you think these measurement techniques might complement your research studies.