Quantum Northwest at the Biophysical Society Meeting

QNW team at the Biophysical Society Meeting

Jeanne Small, Enoch Small and Kelcey Boss at the Biophysical Society Meeting

Festive New Orleans, Louisiana, was the site of the 61st annual Biophysical Society Meeting, held February 11-15, 2017. Quantum Northwest’s booth featured a variety of products of interest to biophysicists using optical spectroscopy. Kelcey Boss, Enoch Small and Jeanne Small represented Quantum Northwest at the Biophysical Society Meeting’s exhibit. Quantum Northwest’s chief scientists are all biophysicists by training, and the annual Biophysical Society Meeting is the company’s annual homecoming celebration.

The Turret 6

Turret 6 with TC 1

The Turret 6 was displayed in action, controlled by the TC 1 temperature controller

Featured at the booth was the Turret 6, with rotation and magnetic stirring controlled with the TC 1 Temperature controller. The program T-App was used to run a pre-programmed script, directing the TC 1 to move the Turret 6 at precise intervals, rotating the Turret 6 through its six cuvette positions.

Peltier-controlled cuvette holders

The largest selection of Peltier-based cuvette holders on Earth.

Other products on display at the Biophysical Society Meeting included products for UV/Vis absorption spectrophotometry (the t2 Sport and t2x2 Sport Dual cuvette holders), laser spectroscopy (the Flash 300), fluorescence (the Luma 40), and circular dichroism (the CD 250). Additionally, a qpod 2e was on display, offering temperature control and magnetic stirring for fiber optic spectroscopy (absorbance, fluorescence, scatter, and Raman).

Partner companies at the Biophysical Society Meeting

Quantum Northwest offers Peltier-based cuvette holders that fit into a variety of “destination spectrometers.” The partnerships with the companies that make the destination spectrometers are important to Quantum Northwest. Many of these companies were also exhibiting at the Biophysical Society Meeting, including Horiba Scientific, Applied Photophysics, Edinburgh Instruments, ISS, PicoQuant and Olis.

Molecule 2017

Can you guess what protein serves as this year’s Quantum Northwest “Molecule”?

This year’s Molecule

Quantum Northwest serves a variety of forms of spectroscopy, including pulsed-laser photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS).  In PAS, the energy of a laser pulse is absorbed by a molecule in solution.  Part or all of the absorbed energy is released as heat, generating a rapid expansion of the solution around the molecule.  This expansion causes an ultrasonic acoustic wave to be generated… hence, “We torture molecules with light and listen to them scream.”  The screams may be detected using an ultrasonic transducer clamped to the side of the cuvette.  Read more about PAS here.

Next year

Next year’s Biophysical Society Meeting will be held February 17-21, 2018, in San Francisco, California.

Quantum Northwest to present at the 2017 LASER World of PHOTONICS, Munich

2017 LASER World of Photonics

2017 LASER World of PHOTONICS

Come visit Quantum Northwest and meet our distributor Mountain Photonics at this year’s Laser World of Photonics. This event is the international trade fair for Photonics Components, Systems and Applications. Together with the World of Photonics Congress, the fair unites research and industry and promotes the use and ongoing development of the Photonics industry.

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Biophysics in the Big Easy: The 2017 New Orleans meeting

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Quantum Northwest will exhibit in the 61st Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society to be held February 11-15, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  You will find Quantum Northwest’s Dr. Enoch Small, Dr. Jeanne Small, and Kelcey Boss at Booth #618, with a collection of Peltier-based, temperature-controlled cuvette holders on display.  Several of our partner companies will also be exhibiting at the Biophysical Society Meeting, including Edinburgh Instruments (Booth 701), HORIBA Scientific (Booth 401), ISS Inc. (Booth 719), Olis Inc. (Booth 709), and PicoQuant Photonics North America Inc. (Booth 619).

Quantum Northwest for Biophysics

Quantum Northwest’s biophysics customers use optical spectroscopy to explore biological molecules and systems, for example, using UV-Vis absorbance, fluorescence, circular dichroism, and pulsed-laser photoacoustics.  The Biophysical Society Meeting is the annual hot spot for biophysicists, and the 2017 meeting will be no exception. Scheduled symposia of interest to Quantum Northwest’s customers include: Protein Folding Mechanisms, Proteins In Vivo: From the Ribosome Through the Chaperone to the Native State, Protein Dynamics and Allostery, and Cancer Cell Biophysics. The key to quality measurements in these topic areas is superior temperature control – which can be achieved using any of a number of Quantum Northwest products.

Have fun while you are in New Orleans

Make sure you see the highlights of New Orleans while you are in town! The city offers many different sightseeing destinations, activities and experiences.

Frenchman Street

Address: Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA
Frenchmen Street is a four-block stretch of live music, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and art galleries. Here, not only will you find fewer crowds, but you’ll also encounter cheaper eats and drinks, and better music. And if you’re not into nightlife that’s OK, too, because the Frenchmen Art Market (open daily 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.) is a shopping haven where locals sell homemade art and jewelry.

French Quarter (Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Faulkner House and the Cabildo)

Address: Canal St to Esplanade Ave, Mississippi River to N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA

The neighborhood, also known as Vieux Carré, is the heart and soul of this city, and it’s also a National Historic Landmark. As the site of the original New Orleans colony (established by the French in 1718), the French Quarter has held on to its heritage, complete with street names that are still listed in French. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets to find such attractions as Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Faulkner House and the Cabildo. While you’re strolling, pay attention to the neighborhood’s architecture: balconies are designed with baroque ironwork and hanging plants, while leafy courtyards are filled with bubbling fountains.

Quantum Northwest now partnering with Dynamica

Quantum Northwest is pleased to offer Peltier-based cuvette holders for Dynamica Scientific spectrophotometers.  Currently, Dynamica customers can choose either the t2 Sport or the t2x2 Sport for their spectrophotometers. The choice depends on whether they want temperature control for just the sample cuvette or both the reference and sample cuvettes.

The t2 Sport/Dynamica for Halo Series spectrophotometers.

The t2 Sport/Dynamica for Halo Series spectrophotometers.

Dynamica spectrophotometers include the Halo Series of UV-Visible and Visible Spectrophotometers. These instruments deliver the precision and reproducibility of advanced optics and electronics for essential quantitative analyses covering a broad range of scientific disciplines.

The Dynamica Halo DB-30 spectrophotometer.

The Dynamica Halo DB-30 spectrophotometer.

Dynamica is an international company which specializes in the development, production and provision of tools and services for use in life science research, analytical and academic purposes. Based in London, UK, it aims to create technological and business advantages to enable advancement in human health, environmental and resource management, and production efficiency.

The t2x2 Sport/Dynamica for Halo Series spectrophotometers.

The t2x2 Sport/Dynamica for Halo Series spectrophotometers.

Dynamica is part of Techcomp Europe Ltd, based in the UK, which comprises of a group of European companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of analytical systems, life science equipment and laboratory instruments with operations dating back to 1920. The group also includes Edinburgh Instruments – a leading photonics technology manufacturer, for which Quantum Northwest provides many types of cuvette holders, including the TLC 50 and Luma 40 products.

Techcomp Europe is owned by Techcomp (Holdings) Ltd.  Ordinary shares are traded on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEHK) as stock code 1298.

Saying goodbye to summer

Thanks to our customers around the world, we at Quantum Northwest have stayed busy this summer!  Orders have come in, devices have been manufactured, and final products have been neatly packaged and shipped to destinations around the globe.

Summer in the Inland Northwest

We keep the doors open (literally) on nice summer ­days at our facility in Liberty Lake, Washington.  Among our visitors this summer have been a wild turkey who sometimes checks us out in the mornings, and a praying mantis (named “Harold”) that has chosen to take up residence in our manufacturing area.  Fortunately for Harold, we are providing him with elegant shelter and ample food, and a mantis-eyed view of new instruments being made.

Wild turkey at QNW

Wild turkey at QNW

Harold, the QNW praying mantis

Harold, the QNW praying mantis

Harold eyeing a new qpod

Harold eyeing a new qpod

As the weather chills and we start keeping the doors closed for warmth, our spirits stay bright with the constant activity of designing new systems, handling orders, stocking inventory, making new devices, and sending out big boxes with the best in temperature-controlled cuvette holders.

Quantum Northwest’s President, Enoch Small, sets the direction for the company’s future.  Among his current projects is the redesign of our website, www.qnw.com, with the help of consultant Rio Small.  Design Engineer Steve Hart stands ready to design new products, from simple to very complex.  Office Manager Kelcey Boss manages orders from quotation to shipping.  General Manager Steve Turpin supervises manufacturing, leading a team to make and calibrate products quickly and efficiently.

Office Manager Kelcey Boss

Office Manager Kelcey Boss

Design Engineer Steve Hart

Design Engineer Steve Hart

President Enoch Small

President Enoch Small

Summer fun

Quantum Northwest embraces the Northwest in our name.  Each member of our team has a passion for playing outdoors, be it boating in the Salish Sea, camping, riding All-Terrain Vehicles, bicycling, running, or simply being outside.  The Liberty Lake area is gorgeous in the summer, with cool nights and warm, dry days with lots of sunshine.

Wishing you a glorious autumn wherever you are in the world.

Quantum Northwest – offering the largest selection of Peltier-based cuvette holders on Earth.

TC 1 Controllers being built

TC 1 Controllers being built

Manufacturing at QNW

Manufacturing at QNW

Electronic Engineer Chris Berg working in the manufacturing facility supervised by General Manger Steve Turpin

Electronic Engineer Chris Berg working in the manufacturing facility supervised by General Manger Steve Turpin

How far, how fast, and how steep: specifications and ramping

Quantum Northwest manufactures Peltier-based cuvette holders for almost every form of optical spectroscopy. In fact, we offer the largest selection on Earth. To illustrate the capabilities of our products, we have posted brochures on the specifications and ramping features of our products.

Specifications

Take a look at our specifications table to learn about the things we build into each and every cuvette holder we make. These include magnetic stirring to rapidly unify sample temperature, dry gas purge to eliminate condensation on cuvette surfaces at cold temperatures, and the ability to accept a thermistor probe to independently measure the sample holder temperature. Each cuvette holder may be linearly ramped, so that the temperature is varied at a constant number of degrees Celsius per minute, controlled by the user. Ramping is explained in further detail below.
Quantum Northwest products vary in the number of optical ports per cuvette (2, 3 or 4), the number of temperature-controlled cuvettes in the cuvette holder (1, 2, 4 or 6), and the temperature ranges offered in each device, with the maximum range offered at -55 to +150 degrees Celsius.

Ramping

The guide to ramping for Quantum Northwest products describes three general ways you can precisely vary the temperature of the sample in a linear manner. Ideally, the same software you use to control your spectrometer, setting the wavelengths used and measuring absorbance or fluorescence, for example, would also control the temperature of the sample and report all data to a single file. Many manufacturers offer this feature, including Applied Photophysics, Edinburgh Instruments, PicoQuant, and Horiba PTI.
For Agilent and Shimadzu spectrometers, software solutions for control and ramping exist, as described in the guide. However, it is also possible to control ramping independently of the spectrometer operations. This can be done by manually pressing buttons on the front panel of the TC 1 Temperature Controller, or by using Quantum Northwest’s software, T-App or Q-Blue.

Help with specifications and ramping

If you have questions on specifications and ramping, please contact us.

Quantum Northwest at Analytica 2016, Munich

Munich, Germany was the site of the Analytica 2016 International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, and Biotechnology. Quantum Northwest’s President, Dr. Enoch Small, demonstrated the application of Peltier-controlled cuvette holders for a variety of forms of spectroscopy serving analytical measurements.

Analytical measurements are better with temperature control

Critical to many spectroscopic measurements is the temperature at which the measurement is made. Quantum Northwest offers almost 100 different Peltier-based, temperature-controlled cuvette holders that fit in a variety of destination spectrometers. Several spectrometer companies install Quantum Northwest cuvette holders into their instruments at the time of sale, but it is possible to buy a cuvette holder for a new or used spectrometer, thus upcycling the spectrometer and maximizing its performance for analytical measurements.

Upcycling with the t2 Sport for improved analytical measurements

Upcycling old spectrometers for quality analytical measurements

Currently popular is the Quantum Northwest t2 Sport temperature-controlled cuvette holder, which fits many instruments, including the Agilent 8452, 8453, and 8454 UV-Vis diode array spectrophotometers. For quality analytical science, the inexpensive t2 Sport provides temperature control from -15 °C to +110 °C with a precision of ±0.02 °C.

Many analytical measurements require multiple samples run at the same time, at the same temperature, with the same magnetic stirring of samples. The new Shimadzu RF-6000 spectrofluorophotometer is used for analytical measurements such as fluorescence, bioluminescence, chemiluminescence, and electro-luminescence measurements. The QNW Peltier is engineered to fit in the destination spectrometerAdding a Quantum Northwest Turret 4 to the Shimadzu RF-6000 is easy: Quantum Northwest has designed the hardware needed to drop the Turret 4 into the Shimadzu RF-6000 once the original sample chamber has been removed.


Turret 4 for Shimadzu RF-6000

Analytical measurements for all forms of optical spectroscopy

Quantum Northwest’s expertise in designing temperature-controlled cuvette holders makes it possible for accurate and precise analytical measurements for all forms of optical spectroscopy.

Mountain Photonics, the distributor for Quantum Northwest products in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, was the host for Quantum Northwest’s display at Analytica 2016.

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Upcycling with a Quantum Northwest cuvette holder

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OLIS leads the way in upcycling

OLIS has shown the way on how to upcycle an existing spectrometer in your laboratory in order to reduce waste.  The concept of upcycling – one step better than recycling – means that you can take an older instrument with excellent optics and improve its electronics and cuvette handling as needed.

Upcycle with Quantum Northwest

Quantum Northwest offers Peltier-based cuvette holders that work in the spectrometers of 21 different manufacturers, from Agilent to Thermo Fisher!  Whether your spectrometer is still-in-the-box new, or the old unit in the back of your laboratory, you have the option of getting the temperature control and magnetic stirring you need for high quality work.  Upcycling works.

As an example, check out the multi-position qCHANGER 6 in the video below.

The qCHANGER 6 is easily inserted into the Shimadzu UV-1800 spectrophotometer.  Simply pull out the existing sample compartment, put in the qCHANGER 6 (complete with the needed hardware), turn on the TC 1 controller, and get ready to do high throughput spectroscopic measurements.

Quantum Northwest’s website lists products for common spectrometers.  If you don’t see yours listed, just contact us.  We’ll guide you to the upcycling options that will work best for you.

When you drill down to see our products for use in fluorometers, for example, you’ll see the same product in different formats, each customized to drop into a specific instrument.  The added hardware (baseplates, front panels, and the like) makes your job easy.  So the Luma 40 product family shown below, for example, looks diverse, precisely because Quantum Northwest has worked out the details of easy replacement of the spectrometer’s existing sample compartment with a new Peltier-based cuvette holder.

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The Luma 40 product family, shown in a variety of formats for upcycling various luminescence spectrometers

Quantum Northwest.  Offering the largest selection of Peltier-based cuvette holders on the green Earth.

 

Quantum Northwest to Exhibit at Analytica Munich, May 10-13

 

Analytica 2016 in Munich, Germany

Join Quantum Northwest’s President, Dr. Enoch Small, at Analytica in Munich, Germany for a demonstration of Quantum Northwest’s products. At Analytica, see the qCHANGER 6 working in a Shimadzu UV-1800 UV/Vis spectrophotometer, as well as a t2 Sport for the Agilent Cary 60 and the qpod 2e standalone Peltier unit.

Quantum Northwest is hosted at Analytica by our German distributor, Mountain Photonics. Find Quantum Northwest under the Mountain Photonics banner at Messe München, Hall A2 Booth 221

Mtn Photonics at Analytica 2016 in Munich, Germany

Quantum Northwest on display at Analytica

The qCHANGER 6 is a product that will increase the productivity of any spectroscopic researcher attending Analytica. The qCHANGER 6 provides temperature control and magnetic stirring for six cuvettes in a UV/Vis spectrophotometer. The device has a temperature range of -15 °C to +110 °C, and uniform, stepper motor-driven magnetic stirring with a range of 200 to 2000 rpm. Watch the demo video of the qCHANGER 6 in action in the Shimadzu UV-1800 UV/Vis spectrophotometer and see the product in action at Analytica.

qCHANGER 6 in action at Analytica 2016 in Munich, Germany

The Quantum Northwest qCHANGER 6, in black, shown in action in a Shimadzu UV/Vis double-beam spectrophotometer

The t2 Sport is an inexpensive cuvette holder with a compact structure that will fit in nearly any UV/Vis spectrophotometer, including the Agilent HP 8542 shown below. It provides temperature control for single beam instruments or the sample beam in a dual beam instrument. Use it for normal temperature ranges of about -10 °C to 110 °C.

t2 Sport in Agilent HP 8452 at Analytica 2016 in Munich, Germany

There is a t2 Sport cuvette holder available for nearly any spectrophotometer, including the Agilent HP 8452 shown here

Also presented at Analytica is the qpod 2e, which is commonly used as a standalone cuvette holder, often with spectrometers offered by Ocean Optics, Stellar Net, or Avantes. Watch a demo of the qpod 2e in action, cycling the cuvette temperature during a protein folding/refolding experiment.

Analytica is the place to be in May.  As the International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis ad Biotechnology, this exhibition unites all topics that pertain to modern analysis in research and industry.  Quantum Northwest looks forward to meeting you at Hall A2 Booth 221.

Quantum Northwest at the Biophysical Society Meeting

Biophysical Society Meeting booth personnel Enoch, Jeanne and Kelcey

Enoch, Jeanne and Kelcey at the Quantum Northwest booth

Sunny Los Angeles, California, was the site of the 60th annual Biophysical Society Meeting, held February 27 – March 2, 2016. Quantum Northwest’s booth featured a variety of products of interest to biophysicists using optical spectroscopy. Kelcey Boss, Enoch Small and Jeanne Small represented Quantum Northwest at the Biophysical Society Meeting’s exhibit. Quantum Northwest’s chief scientists are all biophysicists by training, and the annual Biophysical Society Meeting is the company’s annual homecoming celebration.

The Turret 6

Turret 6 with TC 1

The Turret 6 was displayed in action, controlled by the TC 1 temperature controller

Featured at the booth was the Turret 6, with rotation and magnetic stirring controlled with the TC 1 Temperature controller. The program T-App was used to run a pre-programmed script, directing the TC 1 to move the Turret 6 at precise intervals, rotating the Turret 6 through its six cuvette positions.

Peltier-controlled cuvette holders

The largest selection of Peltier-based cuvette holders on Earth.

Other products on display at the Biophysical Society Meeting included products for UV/Vis absorption spectrophotometry (the t2 Sport and t2x2 Sport Dual cuvette holders), laser spectroscopy (the Flash 300), fluorescence (the Luma 40), and circular dichroism (the CD 250). Additionally, a qpod 2e was on display, offering temperature control and magnetic stirring for fiber optic spectroscopy (absorbance, fluorescence, scatter, and Raman).

Partner companies at the Biophysical Society Meeting

Quantum Northwest offers Peltier-based cuvette holders that fit into a variety of “destination spectrometers.” The partnerships with the companies that make the destination spectrometers are important to Quantum Northwest. Many of these companies were also exhibiting at the Biophysical Society Meeting, including Horiba Scientific, Applied Photophysics, Edinburgh Instruments, ISS, PicoQuant and Olis.

Jeanne and students

Jeanne with students at the Industry/Agency Opportunities Fair

Beyond the booth, Quantum Northwest participated in two events focusing on opportunities for early career scientists. Jeanne Small was one of three panelists participating in a discussion of “The World Outside the Lab: Many Ways to Use Your PhD Skills in Industry.” She also discussed what it is like to work in a small business at the “Industry/Agency Opportunities Fair.” Interested students and postdocs were invited to the Quantum Northwest booth to talk to Kelcey Boss and Enoch Small about life in the Quantum Northwest company.

Next year

Next year’s Biophysical Society Meeting will be held February 11-15, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana.