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Fluoro-Max Dyed Blue Aqueous Fluorescent Particles (Thermo Scientific™)

Achieve improved sensitivity and detectability in analytical methods with internally dyed microspheres that feature bright, high-contrast colors.

Dyed Red Aqueous Fluorescent Particles (Thermo Scientific™)

Improve sensitivity and detectability for analytical methods with microsphere suspensions that are internally dyed and feature bright, high-contrast colors.

Carboxyl Latex Beads, 4% w/v, 0.2 µm (Invitrogen™)

Microspheres (also called latex beads or latex particles) are spherical particles in the colloidal size range that are formed from an amorphous polymer such as polystyrene. Because of the way that the polystyrene chains arrange themselves in the bead, the surface is very hydrophobic in character, making these ideal materials for the adsorption of materials such as proteins.

The carboxyl latex consists of carboxyl charge-stabilized hydrophobic polystyrene microspheres. Only carboxyl groups are present on the particle surface. The particles are the carboxyl analog of the sulfate latexes. The pKa of the carboxyl group is relatively high, and consequently these particles are not suitable for work in acidic media. IDC carboxyl latexes are available in a range of sizes and surface charge densities. They may be used either for physical adsorption of antigens or antibodies, or for covalent coupling of components to the particle surface.

Microspheres Are Available in Many Sizes and Surface Functionalities
25 sizes to choose from—0.02 microns to 16 microns
20 different surface—for ready conjugation to virtually any material
Surfactant free—ultraclean
Various quantities—from milliliter to 500-liter amounts

Key Applications of Microspheres
Instrument calibration (flow cytometry, microscopy, HTS, HCS)
Flow testing (microfluidics, blood flow, water flow, and air flow)
Cell biology tracers (cell differentiation and cell tracing)
Immunoassays (agglutination tests, ELISA, particle capture, and contrast reagents)

Get More Information
Read a technical overview of microspheres and find out about high activity beads, super active beads, specialty beads, and review bead-coupling protocols on the IDC Surfactant-free Latex Beads application page.

We’ll Make a Custom Microsphere Product for You
If you don’t see the microsphere you’re looking for in our stocked list, we’ll make a custom microsphere for you. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we guarantee the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

FluoSpheres™ Carboxylate-Modified Microspheres, 0.02 µm, dark red fluorescent (660/680), 2% solids (Invitrogen™)

Microspheres (also called latex beads or latex particles) are spherical particles in the colloidal size range that are formed from an amorphous polymer such as polystyrene. Our Molecular Probes® FluoSpheres® beads are manufactured using high-quality, ultraclean polystyrene and are loaded with a variety of our proprietary dyes to create intensely fluorescent beads that typically show little or no photobleaching, even when excited with the intense illumination required for fluorescence microscopy. Different surface modifications are available to facilitate the coupling of various molecules and proteins to the surface of the bead.

FluoSpheres® Microsphere Specifications

Label (Ex/Em): Dark red (660/680)
Nominal bead diameter: 0.02 µm
Coupling surface: Carboxylate
Solids: 2%

Characteristics of the Various FluoSpheres® Coupling Surfaces
• Carboxylate-modified FluoSpheres® beads have a high density of pendent carboxylic acids on their surface, making them suitable for covalent coupling of proteins and other amine-containing biomolecules using water-soluble carbodiimide reagents such as EDAC
• Sulfate FluoSpheres® beads are relatively hydrophobic particles that will passively and nearly irreversibly adsorb almost any protein, including albumin, IgG, avidin, and streptavidin
• Aldehyde-sulfate FluoSpheres® beads have surface aldehyde groups added, designed to react with proteins and other amines under very mild conditions.
• Amine-modified FluoSpheres® beads can be coupled to a wide variety of amine-reactive molecules, including the succinimidyl esters and isothiocyanates of haptens and drugs or the carboxylic acids of proteins, using a water-soluble carbodiimide

Key Applications of Microspheres
• Instrument calibration (flow cytometry, microscopy, HTS, HCS)
• Flow testing (microfluidics, blood flow, water flow, and air flow)
• Cell biology tracers (cell differentiation and cell tracing)
• Immunoassays (agglutination tests, ELISA, particle capture, and contrast reagents)

Choices for FluoSpheres® Fluorescent Microspheres
Among our complete offering of fluorescent microspheres products, you’ll find beads with these variations:
• Ten fluorescent colors
• Ten nominal bead diameters: 0.02 µm, 0.04 µm, 0.1 µm, 0.2 µm, 0.5 µm, 1.0 µm, 2.0 µm, 4.0 µm, 10.0 µm, and 15.0 µm
• Four surface modifications for protein coupling: carboxylate, sulfate, aldehyde-sulfate, amine
• Microspheres that are additionally precoupled with streptavidin, NeutrAvidin, biotin, europium, and platinum

Choices for Unstained Microspheres
We also offer hundreds of choices for UltraClean™ surfactant-free microspheres for research and commercial applications.

We’ll Make a Custom Microsphere Product for You
We will prepare custom orders upon request. For example, FluoSpheres® beads can be prepared with intensities that are lower than those of our regular selection, a desirable feature in some multicolor applications. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we guarantee the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

5000 Series 0.31μm to 0.93μm Polymer Particle Suspensions (Thermo Scientific™)

Meet the need for particulate materials with a variety of particle sizes and properties with Thermo Scientific™ 5000 Series Polymer Particle Suspensions

3000 Series Nanosphere™ Size Standards (Thermo Scientific™)

Conveniently check the sizes of bacteria, viruses, ribosomes and sub-cellular components with these size standards.

4000 Series Monosized Particles (Thermo Scientific™)

Minimize response of analytic systems to shape effects with monosized particles.

Opti-Link™ Carboxylate-Modified Particles (Thermo Scientific™)

Control sensitivity, specificity and stability with various acid content available within Thermo Scientific™ Opti-Link™ Carboxylate-Modified Particles.

Chloromethyl Latex Beads, 4% w/v, 0.1 µm (Invitrogen™)

Microspheres (also called latex beads or latex particles) are spherical particles in the colloidal size range that are formed from an amorphous polymer such as polystyrene. Because of the way that the polystyrene chains arrange themselves in the bead, the surface is very hydrophobic in character, making these ideal materials for the adsorption of materials such as proteins.

The chloromethyl latex has a high density of chloromethyl groups attached to the styrene monomeric unit. These reactive surface functional groups react directly with amino groups in antibodies, antigens, or other ligands under mild aqueous conditions to yield a stable covalent product by a one-step process. The particles are stabilized by negatively-charged sulfate groups. This type of particle can be used at both high and low pH conditions. This is a hydrophobic latex.

Microspheres Are Available in Many Sizes and Surface Functionalities
25 sizes to choose from—0.02 microns to 16 microns
20 different surface—for ready conjugation to virtually any material
Surfactant free—ultraclean
Various quantities—from milliliter to 500-liter amounts

Key Applications of Microspheres
Instrument calibration (flow cytometry, microscopy, HTS, HCS)
Flow testing (microfluidics, blood flow, water flow, and air flow)
Cell biology tracers (cell differentiation and cell tracing)
Immunoassays (agglutination tests, ELISA, particle capture, and contrast reagents)

Get More Information
Read a technical overview of microspheres and find out about high activity beads, super active beads, specialty beads, and review bead-coupling protocols on the IDC Surfactant-free Latex Beads application page.

We’ll Make a Custom Microsphere Product for You
If you don’t see the microsphere you’re looking for in our stocked list, we’ll make a custom microsphere for you. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we guarantee the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

FluoSpheres™ Carboxylate-Modified Microspheres, 0.02 µm, Nile Red fluorescent (535/575), 2% solids (Invitrogen™)

Microspheres (also called latex beads or latex particles) are spherical particles in the colloidal size range that are formed from an amorphous polymer such as polystyrene. Our Molecular Probes® FluoSpheres® beads are manufactured using high-quality, ultraclean polystyrene and are loaded with a variety of our proprietary dyes to create intensely fluorescent beads that typically show little or no photobleaching, even when excited with the intense illumination required for fluorescence microscopy. Different surface modifications are available to facilitate the coupling of various molecules and proteins to the surface of the bead.

FluoSpheres® Microsphere Specifications

Label (Ex/Em): Nile red (535/575)
Nominal bead diameter: 0.02 µm
Coupling surface: Carboxylate
Solids: 2%

Characteristics of the Various FluoSpheres® Coupling Surfaces
• Carboxylate-modified FluoSpheres® beads have a high density of pendent carboxylic acids on their surface, making them suitable for covalent coupling of proteins and other amine-containing biomolecules using water-soluble carbodiimide reagents such as EDAC
• Sulfate FluoSpheres® beads are relatively hydrophobic particles that will passively and nearly irreversibly adsorb almost any protein, including albumin, IgG, avidin, and streptavidin
• Aldehyde-sulfate FluoSpheres® beads have surface aldehyde groups added, designed to react with proteins and other amines under very mild conditions.
• Amine-modified FluoSpheres® beads can be coupled to a wide variety of amine-reactive molecules, including the succinimidyl esters and isothiocyanates of haptens and drugs or the carboxylic acids of proteins, using a water-soluble carbodiimide

Key Applications of Microspheres
• Instrument calibration (flow cytometry, microscopy, HTS, HCS)
• Flow testing (microfluidics, blood flow, water flow, and air flow)
• Cell biology tracers (cell differentiation and cell tracing)
• Immunoassays (agglutination tests, ELISA, particle capture, and contrast reagents)

Choices for FluoSpheres® Fluorescent Microspheres
Among our complete offering of fluorescent microspheres products, you’ll find beads with these variations:
• Ten fluorescent colors
• Ten nominal bead diameters: 0.02 µm, 0.04 µm, 0.1 µm, 0.2 µm, 0.5 µm, 1.0 µm, 2.0 µm, 4.0 µm, 10.0 µm, and 15.0 µm
• Four surface modifications for protein coupling: carboxylate, sulfate, aldehyde-sulfate, amine
• Microspheres that are additionally precoupled with streptavidin, NeutrAvidin, biotin, europium, and platinum

Choices for Unstained Microspheres
We also offer hundreds of choices for UltraClean™ surfactant-free microspheres for research and commercial applications.

We’ll Make a Custom Microsphere Product for You
We will prepare custom orders upon request. For example, FluoSpheres® beads can be prepared with intensities that are lower than those of our regular selection, a desirable feature in some multicolor applications. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we guarantee the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

Fluoro-Max Dyed Green Aqueous Fluorescent Particles (Thermo Scientific™)

Improve sensitivity and detectability for analytical methods with green aqueous fluorescent particles.

FluoSpheres™ Carboxylate-Modified Microspheres, 2.0 µm, Nile Red fluorescent (535/575), 2% solids (Invitrogen™)

Microspheres (also called latex beads or latex particles) are spherical particles in the colloidal size range that are formed from an amorphous polymer such as polystyrene. Our Molecular Probes® FluoSpheres® beads are manufactured using high-quality, ultraclean polystyrene and are loaded with a variety of our proprietary dyes to create intensely fluorescent beads that typically show little or no photobleaching, even when excited with the intense illumination required for fluorescence microscopy. Different surface modifications are available to facilitate the coupling of various molecules and proteins to the surface of the bead.

FluoSpheres® Microsphere Specifications

Label (Ex/Em): Nile red (535/575)
Nominal bead diameter: 2.0 µm
Coupling surface: Carboxylate
Solids: 2%

Characteristics of the Various FluoSpheres® Coupling Surfaces
• Carboxylate-modified FluoSpheres® beads have a high density of pendent carboxylic acids on their surface, making them suitable for covalent coupling of proteins and other amine-containing biomolecules using water-soluble carbodiimide reagents such as EDAC
• Sulfate FluoSpheres® beads are relatively hydrophobic particles that will passively and nearly irreversibly adsorb almost any protein, including albumin, IgG, avidin, and streptavidin
• Aldehyde-sulfate FluoSpheres® beads have surface aldehyde groups added, designed to react with proteins and other amines under very mild conditions.
• Amine-modified FluoSpheres® beads can be coupled to a wide variety of amine-reactive molecules, including the succinimidyl esters and isothiocyanates of haptens and drugs or the carboxylic acids of proteins, using a water-soluble carbodiimide

Key Applications of Microspheres
• Instrument calibration (flow cytometry, microscopy, HTS, HCS)
• Flow testing (microfluidics, blood flow, water flow, and air flow)
• Cell biology tracers (cell differentiation and cell tracing)
• Immunoassays (agglutination tests, ELISA, particle capture, and contrast reagents)

Choices for FluoSpheres® Fluorescent Microspheres
Among our complete offering of fluorescent microspheres products, you’ll find beads with these variations:
• Ten fluorescent colors
• Ten nominal bead diameters: 0.02 µm, 0.04 µm, 0.1 µm, 0.2 µm, 0.5 µm, 1.0 µm, 2.0 µm, 4.0 µm, 10.0 µm, and 15.0 µm
• Four surface modifications for protein coupling: carboxylate, sulfate, aldehyde-sulfate, amine
• Microspheres that are additionally precoupled with streptavidin, NeutrAvidin, biotin, europium, and platinum

Choices for Unstained Microspheres
We also offer hundreds of choices for UltraClean™ surfactant-free microspheres for research and commercial applications.

We’ll Make a Custom Microsphere Product for You
We will prepare custom orders upon request. For example, FluoSpheres® beads can be prepared with intensities that are lower than those of our regular selection, a desirable feature in some multicolor applications. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we guarantee the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

FluoSpheres™ Polystyrene Microspheres, 15 µm, yellow-green fluorescent (505/515), for blood flow determination (Invitrogen™)

Microspheres (also called latex beads or latex particles) are spherical particles in the colloidal size range that are formed from an amorphous polymer such as polystyrene. Our Molecular Probes® FluoSpheres® beads are manufactured using high-quality, ultraclean polystyrene and are loaded with a variety of our proprietary dyes to create intensely fluorescent beads that typically show little or no photobleaching, even when excited with the intense illumination required for fluorescence microscopy.

FluoSpheres® microspheres in the 10–15 µm size range were designed specifically for regional blood flow studies in tissues and organs. Typically for these types of studies, the microspheres are injected at desired locations in the circulatory system and eventually lodge in the capillaries, where they can be extracted and the fluorescence quantified. The use of fluorescent microspheres eliminates the radiation hazards and disposal hurdles associated with radiolabeled microspheres. Multiple (up to seven or more with good spectral correction) simultaneously circulating FluoSpheres® microspheres can be discriminated. Microspheres that have been perfused or injected into tissues and organs retain their fluorescence following histological serial sectioning. Our FluoSpheres® microspheres for blood flow determination, which are available in eleven distinguishable fluorescent colors, are also compatible with blood flow analyzer systems that perform automated extraction and analysis.

FluoSpheres® Microsphere Specifications:

Label (Ex/Em): Yellow-green fluorescent (505/515)
Nominal bead diameter: 15 µm

Choices for FluoSpheres® Fluorescent Microspheres
In addition to microspheres for blood flow studies, investigate our complete offering of fluorescent microspheres products. Among those products you’ll find beads with these variations:
• Ten fluorescent colors
• Ten nominal bead diameters: 0.02 µm, 0.04 µm, 0.1 µm, 0.2 µm, 0.5 µm, 1.0 µm, 2.0 µm, 4.0 µm, 10.0 µm, and 15.0 µm
• Four surface modifications for protein coupling: carboxylate, sulfate, aldehyde-sulfate, amine
• Microspheres that are additionally precoupled with streptavidin, NeutrAvidin, biotin, europium, and platinum

Choices for Unstained Microspheres
We also offer hundreds of choices for UltraClean™ surfactant-free microspheres for research and commercial applications.

We’ll Make a Custom Microsphere Product for You
We will prepare custom orders upon request. For example, FluoSpheres® beads can be prepared with intensities that are lower than those of our regular selection, a desirable feature in some multicolor applications. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we stand by the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

Aliphatic Amine Latex Beads, 2% w/v, 1.0 µm (Invitrogen™)

Microspheres (also called latex beads or latex particles) are spherical particles in the colloidal size range that are formed from an amorphous polymer such as polystyrene. Because of the way that the polystyrene chains arrange themselves in the bead, the surface is very hydrophobic in character, making these ideal materials for the adsorption of materials such as proteins.

This aliphatic amine latex has a high density of amine groups attached to the terminus of an aliphatic six-carbon spacer arm. This product can be used to covalently couple proteins. Location of the amine at the end of the spacer arm minimizes difficulties with steric hindrance and conformation since the group has a greater freedom to rotate. In addition, spacer arms improve the kinetics of latex agglutination reactions. The particles are stabilized by the positively-charged amine groups under low to neutral pH conditions. Care should be taken not to use them under high pH.

Microspheres Are Available in Many Sizes and Surface Functionalities
25 sizes to choose from—0.02 microns to 16 microns
20 different surface—for ready conjugation to virtually any material
Surfactant free—ultraclean
Various quantities—from milliliter to 500-liter amounts

Key Applications of Microspheres
Instrument calibration (flow cytometry, microscopy, HTS, HCS)
Flow testing (microfluidics, blood flow, water flow, and air flow)
Cell biology tracers (cell differentiation and cell tracing)
Immunoassays (agglutination tests, ELISA, particle capture, and contrast reagents)

Get More Information
Read a technical overview of microspheres and find out about high activity beads, super active beads, specialty beads, and review bead-coupling protocols on the IDC Surfactant-free Latex Beads application page.

We’ll Make a Custom Microsphere Product for You
If you don’t see the microsphere you’re looking for in our stocked list, we’ll make a custom microsphere for you. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we guarantee the quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.

FluoSpheres™ Polystyrene Microspheres, 1.0 µm, blue-green fluorescent (430/465), for tracer studies (Invitrogen™)

Microspheres (also called latex beads or latex particles) are spherical particles in the colloidal size range that are formed from an amorphous polymer such as polystyrene. Our Molecular Probes® FluoSpheres® beads are manufactured using high-quality, ultraclean polystyrene and are loaded with a variety of our proprietary dyes to create intensely fluorescent beads that typically show little or no photobleaching, even when excited with the intense illumination required for fluorescence microscopy.

For tracking particles and cells, tracing fluid dynamics, discriminating the size dependence of uptake or transport in vivo, etc., we offer more concentrated, 0.04 µm diameter FluoSpheres® microspheres preparations (5% solids) that lack the sodium azide preservative present in the majority of our FluoSpheres® products. The 0.04 µm particles are small enough to be microinjected or to be taken up by phagocytosis.

We also offer 1.0 µm FluoSpheres® microsphere preparations that contain a much higher dye content than our other FluoSpheres® products. This allows stronger signals to be generated using fewer microspheres per tracing experiment.

In many biological systems, the concentrated fluorescence and spherical shape of the FluoSpheres® beads permit them to be detected against a relatively high but diffuse background fluorescence. Typically for these types of studies, the microspheres and the fluorescent dyes they contain are first extracted from the tissue sample, and then the fluorescence is quantified on a spectrofluorometer or fluorescence microplate reader. The use of fluorescent microspheres eliminates the radiation hazards and disposal hurdles associated with radiolabeled microspheres.

FluoSpheres® Microsphere Specifications:

Label (Ex/Em): Blue-green fluorescent (430/465)
Nominal bead diameter: 1.0 µm
Coupling surface: Carboxylate
Solids: 2%

Characteristics of the Carboxylate Coupling Surface
Carboxylate-modified FluoSpheres® beads have a high density of pendent carboxylic acids on their surface, making them suitable for covalent coupling of proteins and other amine-containing biomolecules using water-soluble carbodiimide reagents such as EDAC.

Choices for FluoSpheres® Fluorescent Microspheres
In addition to microspheres for tracing, investigate our complete offering of fluorescent microspheres products. Among those products you’ll find beads with these variations:
• Ten fluorescent colors
• Ten nominal bead diameters: 0.02 µm, 0.04 µm, 0.1 µm, 0.2 µm, 0.5 µm, 1.0 µm, 2.0 µm, 4.0 µm, 10.0 µm, and 15.0 µm
• Four surface modifications for protein coupling: carboxylate, sulfate, aldehyde-sulfate, amine
• Microspheres that are additionally precoupled with streptavidin, NeutrAvidin, biotin, europium, and platinum

Choices for Unstained Microspheres
We also offer hundreds of choices for UltraClean™ surfactant-free microspheres for research and commercial applications.

We’ll Make a Custom Microsphere Product for You
We will prepare custom orders upon request. For example, FluoSpheres® beads can be prepared with intensities that are lower than those of our regular selection, a desirable feature in some multicolor applications. Our custom conjugation service is efficient and confidential, and we stand by quality of our work. We are ISO 9001:2000 certified.

For Research Use Only. Not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use.