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Doing Spectrophotometry Right: The need for sourcing the right laboratory devices and technologies

The spectrophotometer is an extensively used tool in biological, chemical, clinical, and environmental research laboratories. Spectrophotometry entails the precise quantification of the light absorption exhibited by a chemical substance. For many laboratories, this process involves directing a beam of light through the sample, using a NanoDrop spectrophotometer. Through the assessment of the detected light intensity, this technique proves valuable in gauging the concentration of solutes within the given sample.

Selecting the Right Spectrophotometer

Clearly, given its sensitivity, and the criticality of the results, Spectrophotometry requires the right tools and technology. Without these prerequisites, the lab results might be misleading or inaccurate. When selecting a spectrophotometer, and deciding on the appropriate lab desk and placement, several crucial considerations come into play:

  • Instrument Specifications

Ensure the spectrophotometer is suitable for the intended applications in the lab, such as biological, chemical, or environmental analyses. Also, verify that the spectrophotometer covers the required wavelength range for the experiments.

  • Space and Layout

Consider the available space in the laboratory, and choose a spectrophotometer size that fits comfortably within the allocated area. Optimize the lab desk choice to accommodate the size and weight of the spectrophotometer, providing adequate space for sample preparation and other related tasks.

  • User Accessibility

Ergonomics plays its part too. Ensure ergonomically designed desks to facilitate comfortable use of the spectrophotometer, with proper height and accessibility for the operators. The spectrophotometer placement should allow for convenient operation and easy access to controls and sample loading. With dimensions (WxDxH) of 5.5 x 8 x 6 inches, the NanoDrop spectrophotometer  from Thermo Fisher Scientific can accommodate both ease of use and ergonomic setup.

  • Environmental Considerations

Consider ventilation requirements. Some spectrophotometers may generate heat, so the lab desk and surrounding area should allow for proper ventilation to prevent overheating. Factor in temperature and humidity control. Consider the environmental conditions required for the spectrophotometer’s optimal performance and choose a location that facilitates temperature and humidity control.

  • Budgetary Constraints

Cost can be a limiting factor – but don’t let cost trump quality! Balance the features and specifications of the spectrophotometer with the available budget. Also, consider the cost of the supporting equipment, and ensure it aligns with the overall budget for the laboratory setup.

  • Future Expansion

Scalability is critical in lab design. Anticipate future needs and ensure that the chosen spectrophotometer and lab desk can accommodate potential expansions or additional equipment.

  • Compatibility with Other Instruments

If your laboratory uses other analytical instruments, ensure compatibility, and consider the overall integration of equipment to streamline workflows. This might include technology that supports the spectrophotometer, such as the laptop and operating system.

  • Maintenance and Support

Choose a spectrophotometer brand and model with reliable customer support and maintenance services. Ensure that the desk, used to place the device, allows easy access for routine maintenance.

By carefully considering these factors, lab designers can make informed decisions regarding the type of spectrophotometer to purchase and the appropriate lab desk for its placement, optimizing efficiency and functionality within the laboratory setting. At LEI Sales, we have a broad variety of laboratory equipment for you to choose from, including the NanoDrop Spectrophotometer, desks, tables, vents and hoods. Go online and check out our extensive catalogue online.