Interfacial Technologies Characterization Laboratory

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
What the facility does

Develop bioactive paper products, measure nanoparticle and colloidal particle properties.

Areas of expertise

The SENTINEL Bioactive Paper Network is an initiative of NSERC and the Canadian paper industry to develop products that will improve human health in Canada and around the world. SENTINEL is working to create critical technology platforms that will lead to the commercial-scale production of bioactive papers that can detect, capture and deactivate water-borne and airborne pathogens.

Research services

Measures colloidal attachment to surfaces, monitors adsorption kinetics in real time, characterizes the interaction between a surface and a soluble species.

Sectors of application
  • Chemical industries
  • Healthcare and social services

Specialized Lab



Papermaking and paper testing


Handsheet machines (2)

  Labtech Speed Sheet Dryer  
  Labtech Automatic Standard Sheet Press  
  Carver standard and heated presses  
  Canadian Standard Freeness Tester (CSFT)  
  British Disintegrator  
  TMI Paper Cutter  
  IDEAL Paper Cutter  
  Huygen Internal Bond Tester  
  TMI Digital Caliper   
  Instron 4411 Universal Testing Machine  
  Technidyne Technibrite Micro TB1C Brightness Meter Brightness, opacity, colour and fluorescence tester
  Labtech Automated Laboratory Beater (PFI type)  
  Britt Dynamic Drainage Jar (BDDJ)   

Colloidal and nanoparticle preparation and characterization


Brookhaven Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) System with Goniometer and BI-9000AT Correlator

Two-watt, argon-ion laser, variable-angle goniometer
  Brookhaven ZetaPALS Microelectrophoresis apparatus
  Zeiss Axioplan Microscope With QImaging fluorescence and digital camera
  MANTECH Automated Titrator  
  BTG PCD-03 Particle Charge Detector  
  Malvern Mastersizer  
  Beckman L7-55 Preparative Ultracentrifuge  
  Beckman Allegra™ 25R Benchtop Centrifuge  
  ATS RheoSystems STRESSTECH HR Rheometer Controlled stress/strain rheometer 
  Brookhaven BI-DCP Disc Centrifuge Particle Size Analyzer  
  Rank PDA2000 Photometric Dispersion Analyzer  

Surface characterization


Krüss DSA contact angle measuring apparatus

  Ramé-Hart contact angle apparatus  
  Wyko NT1100 Optical Profiling System  
  Brookhaven-Paar Electrokinetic Analyzer  
  Waterloo Digital Electronics EXACTA 2000 Faraday-modulated self-nulling ellipsometer  

Other facilities


MicroCal VP-ITC MicroCalorimeter

  Heto DRYWINNER Freeze Dryer  
  Beckman Coulter DU 800 UV/Vis Spectrophotometer  
  ESL-2CA cold-temperature and controlled-humidity chamber  
  • SC Johnson
  • FPInnovations
  • Cascades
  • Stora Enso
  • OCE
  • NRC
  • Food Check Systems



Strips to test contaminated water

Nano-tech promises smarter particles

"There's a need to keep innovating:" Robert Pelton awarded for contributions to Canada's pulp and paper industry…
Dr. Robert Pelton