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How to measure contact angles with the Goniometer


How to measure contact angles

To measure contact angles with the Goniometer, use the following steps:

  1. Begin by attaching the tilt stage to the base.
  2. Take the time to carefully adjust the screws on the tilt stage to ensure that it is perfectly level.
  3. Next, proceed to attach the clamping mechanism to the tower securely.
  4. After that, attach the syringe to the clamping mechanism, ensuring it is firmly in place.
  5. To power the system, plug in both the USB and power cables and then switch the system on.
  6. Start the camera and adjust the lens manually to achieve the desired focus.
  7. Once the lens is correctly focused, secure it in place.
  8. Place the substrate on the tilt stage where you intend to carry out your experiment.
  9. Carefully raise the tilt stage until it is in close proximity to the needle.
  10. Within the system's software, select the 'Video' mode.
  11. Choose a name for the video you are about to capture.
  12. Prepare to release a droplet from the syringe.
  13. Initiating the recording process, click on the 'Record' button.
  14. Dispense the droplet onto the substrate as per your experimental requirements.
  15. Allow the recording to continue until the desired data is collected.
  16. Once the recording is complete, stop the camera.
  17. Switch to the 'Analyse' tab within the software.
  18. Open the video file you just recorded.
  19. Navigate to the specific frame within the video that you want to analyse.
  20. Adjust the region of interest (ROI) to surround the droplet in the chosen frame.
  21. Establish the baseline for your analysis using the bottom of the ROI.
  22. Finally, click on the 'Analyse' button to initiate the analysis process.
For further information about the Ossila Goniometer, see 'Contact Angle Goniometer'.

Contact Angle Goniometer

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  • Accurate
  • Simple to Use

Available From £2000

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