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We can prepare unstained, colored, magnetic and fluorescently stained polystyrene microspheres for a variety of industrial and research applications.  

The uses for particles are endless, but applications may include instrument calibration and size standards (e.g., for flow cytometers and microscopes), capture and detection of small molecules (e.g., lateral flow devices, diagnostic assay research, imaging, multiplexing), tracers, and sensors.

  • Well-characterized performance and high quality
  • High fluorescence, low photobleaching
  • Expert staff technical knowledge
  • Surfactant-free preparations, i.e., won’t interfere with downstream applications                                                                                         

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What particle sizes do you offer?
A. Standard sizes range from 0.02 to 16 µm in diameter, but we can supply larger particles depending on the specifications.

Q. What surface types do you offer?
A. We can prepare a broad range of surfaces of polystyrene, including but not limited to: sulfate, carboxylate modified (CML), carboxyl, aldehyde/sulfate, aliphatic amine latex, amidine, and chloromethyl.

Q. What colors do you offer?
A. White (undyed), colored (black, yellow, green, red, blue, navy blue), fluorescent (UV- or visible- and near infrared–excitable), multi-dyed beads, and TransFluoSpheres® beads (large Stokes shift beads). We use our proprietary fluorescent dyes and incorporate our stains internally, making our fluorescent microspheres the brightest available.

Q:  Can you custom-label or conjugate to beads? 
A. We can passively adsorb molecules to the bead surface or prepare covalent adducts of proteins, fluorescent dyes, indicators, or other molecules. Because our particles are ultraclean and surfactant-free, adsorption, conjugation, and stability experiments are straightforward.

Q. What quantities of latex can we prepare?
A. We can supply any amount from 1 mL to 50 L volumes.

 A) In the confocal laser-scanning microscope separate light paths exist for UV and visible wavelengths. Also, fluorescence emitted is detected by different photomultiplier detectors. Proper optical alignment may be obtained with either of two types of FocalCheck™ microspheres. For example, the microspheres with orange ring stain and blue throughout allow UV visible wavelength alignment in three dimensions upon aligning the orange ring with the blue disc. Focal alignment is also possible simultaneously in three colors by aligning the green orange and dark red rings of the FocalCheck™ microspheres containing fluorescent green orange dark red ring stains.

B) Optical sections of eleven FocalCheck™ microspheres prior to aligning the microscope left and after alignment right. The position of the red-fluorescent rings reveals the degree of alignment.

Tired of adjusting your experiment to make do with off-the-shelf beads? Request a quote today and let us make a bead designed to the specifications that work for you.

For more information, call 800.955.6288 x45682, or go to Services Support.