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Nanoparticle and Nanotube Testing   
Contact: John Passero
1-800-220-3675 ext. 3604


Manufactured to be extremely small (one billionth of a meter), nanoparticles are generally defined as measuring around 1-100 nanometers in one dimension. Due to their small size, nanoparticles have biological, chemical and physical properties that differ from those of their larger counterparts. These altered properties have also created concern over public health and safety.

Uniquely positioned to help companies take advantage of the rapidly emerging potential of nanoparticles is EMSL Analytical, Inc. Our scientists and engineers harness the power of our diverse inventory of scientific instrumentation and expertise to identify and quantitate nanoparticles or carbon nanotubes. Services include chemical composition; morphology; particle size and distribution; and the presence as an environmental contaminant.

EMSL helps clients recognize the benefits associated with this dynamic market.


The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) describes nanotechnology as “the understanding and control of matter at dimensions between 1 and 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena enable novel applications.”

Nanoparticle manipulation is rapidly leading to new materials, consumer products and applications in many different disciplines. A few examples of these include cosmetics, medicine, aerospace, energy and transportation. This technology and the resulting products are, and will continue to, impact almost every walk of life in some capacity. 

A challenge associated with nanoparticles is the potential for long-term health risks that are not well understood. Early studies have suggested that excessive exposure to nanoparticles could cause cell toxicity, lung damage, DNA damage and possibly even harm unborn children. So far, cosmetics seem to have been the most studied products for consumer production. Once the particles enter the human body, they can be absorbed into the blood stream, organs, tissues and even travel across the blood-brain barrier into the brain.

Due to these concerns, scientific communities across the globe have recommended that given the growing evidence of toxicity risks, more research should be done to determine the physical-chemical properties, routes of exposure, uptake and absorption, and toxicity thresholds.


EMSL Analytical’s corporate facility in Cinnaminson, New Jersey is your complete nanoparticle laboratory. Currently, it houses six Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM) capable of Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis (EDXA) and digital imaging. EMSL’s analytical instrumentation also includes, but is not limited to; three Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM), Auger Electron Spectroscope (AES) and a High Voltage (200kV) Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), all equipped with state of the art EDXA.

Harnessing the power of this diverse instrumentation allows nanoparticles to be characterized by surface, chemical and morphological components. EMSL is able to offer testing on the following characteristics: surface area, chemical composition, crystallinity, zeta potential, structure size, structure topography, thermal effects, particle size distribution and structure shape. Our scientists and engineers also offer a fully customizable nano analysis to fit within the scope of any analytical needs.

With extensive nanoparticle studies for the Federal Government and Fortune 500 Industrial customers, EMSL’s clients can rest assured that their project will receive the scientific attention and expertise it deserves.

  • Nano Silica makes electrical components smaller and more powerful, and is used in paints and clothing to help them resist stains.
  • Nano Zinc and Nano Titanium Dioxide help to make sunscreens and lotions transparent and more easily absorbed.
  • Nanoparticles are used in toothpastes, shampoos, cosmetics and car paints. Drug delivery systems even harness their unique properties to target specific areas of the body.
  • Nano Titanium Dioxide is found in dozens of popular foods where it is used as a thickener and whitening agent.
  • Silver Nanoparticles are added to products, such as socks and wound dressings, for their germ killing effects.


Nanoparticle Concerns PDF  

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Atlanta, GA (LAB 07) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-1Baton Rouge, LA (LAB 25) - NVLAP Lab Code 200375-0Beltsville, MD (LAB 19) - NVLAP Lab Code 200293-0Boston, MA (LAB 13) - NVLAP Lab Code 101147-0Buffalo, NY (LAB 14) - NVLAP Lab Code 200056-0Carle Place, NY (LAB 06) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-10Charlotte, NC (LAB 41) - NVLAP Lab Code 200841-0Chicago, IL (LAB 26) - NVLAP Lab Code 200399-0Cinnaminson, NJ (LAB List in Description) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-0Dallas, TX (LAB 11) - NVLAP Lab Code 600111-0Denver, CO (LAB 22) - NVLAP Lab Code 200828-0EMSL Canada - Calgary, AB (LAB 65) - NVLAP Lab Code 500100-0EMSL Canada - Edmonton, AB (LAB 50) - NVLAP Lab Code 600321-0EMSL Canada - Markham, ON (LAB 66) - NVLAP Lab Code 600317-0EMSL Canada - Montreal, QC (LAB 68) - NVLAP Lab Code 201052-0EMSL Canada - Ottawa, ON (LAB 67) - NVLAP Lab Code 201040-0EMSL Canada - Toronto, ON (LAB 55) - NVLAP Lab Code 200877-0EMSL Canada - Vancouver, BC (LAB 69) - NVLAP Lab Code 201068-0Fort Lauderdale, FL (LAB 56) - NVLAP Lab Code 500085-0Houston, TX (LAB 15) - NVLAP Lab Code 102106-0Huntington Beach, CA (LAB 33) - NVLAP Lab Code 101384-0Indianapolis, IN (LAB 16) - NVLAP Lab Code 200188-0Kernersville, NC (LAB 02) - NVLAP Lab Code 102104-0Las Vegas, NV (LAB 31) - NVLAP Lab Code 600140-0Long Island City, NY (LAB 03) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-9Meriden, CT (LAB 24) - NVLAP Lab Code 200700-0Miami, FL (LAB 17) - NVLAP Lab Code 200204-0Minneapolis, MN (LAB 35) - NVLAP Lab Code 200019-0Ontario, California (San Bernadino County / Inland Empire) (LAB 71) - NVLAP Lab Code 600239-0Orlando, FL (LAB 34) - NVLAP Lab Code 101151-0Phoenix, AZ (LAB 12) - NVLAP Lab Code 200811-0Piscataway, NJ (LAB 05) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-2Plymouth Meeting, PA (LAB 18) - NVLAP Lab Code 200699-0Raleigh, NC (LAB 29) - NVLAP Lab Code 200671-0Rochester, NY (LAB 53) - NVLAP Lab Code 600183-0San Diego, CA (LAB 43) - NVLAP Lab Code 200855-0San Leandro, CA (LAB 09) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-3Santa Clara, CA (LAB 47) - NVLAP Lab Code 600318-0Seattle, WA (LAB 51) - NVLAP Lab Code 200613-0South Pasadena, CA (LAB 32) - NVLAP Lab Code 200232-0South Portland, ME (LAB 62) - NVLAP Lab Code 500094-0St. Louis, MO (LAB 39) - NVLAP Lab Code 200742-0Syracuse, NY (LAB 73) - NVLAP Lab Code 600283-0Tampa, FL (LAB 93) - NVLAP Lab Code 600215-0
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