Contract Testing Available at Merrow Analytical

At Merrow Analytical we have a range of instruments that can provide data to characterise materials (Thermal conductivity, Topography, Viscosity) or to investigate biological reactions (Binding Kinetics and Metabolic activities). To help you find the appropriate technique information on each company and the analytical technique they provide can be found below.


C-Therm produce the Trident System which allows us to obtain Thermal Conductivity and Effusivity measurements from a range of materials such as textiles, polymers, ceramics, insulation, and metals. There are a variety of sensors which are included with the Trident System; at Merrow Scientific we have the MTPS and TPS sensor to provide contract testing with.

MTPS: This is a one-sided, “plug & play” sensor, which has fast test times; is user friendly and is highly accurate. Liquids, powders, and pastes on top of solids are suitable testing materials with this sensor. To find out more about the technology behind the MTPS sensor and its specification click here.

TPS: This is a varying sized, flexible sensor, which allows for greater control over the experimental parameters. This does mean the sample material has more requirements to reach to be compatible with the sensor, making it ideal for a more advance user. It also conforms to ISO 22007-2, which you can find out more about here.


ICSPI produce the nGauge AFM, which is the world’s first benchtop atomic force microscope, which is powered by AFM-on-a-chip technology using MEMS. 3D nanoscale images can be collected in just three clicks, using the nGauge software to collect data on the topography, morphology, film thickness, roughness, phase data and more of a variety of materials which include polymers, composites, metals, thin films, and biological samples. Find out more about the MEMS technology and the nGauge specifications here.


Symcel’s calScreener allows the user to obtain metabolic activity data by monitoring and producing heat profiles of the biological sample being analysed. This isothermal microcalorimeter has an unlimited run-time and feeds back data in real-time allowing parameters like total metabolic activity to be found.

The calScreener has applications in microbiology, probiotics & microbiomes, sterility testing and more, which can be explored on their website.  


We can obtain the viscosity of a variety of materials (both Newtonian and non-Newtonian) using Rheosense’s VROC Initium. This instrument provides automatic measurements of samples as small as 26 µL. This non-destructive method can be operated at high shear rates and offers a host of other advantages which can be found here.


Nicoya specialises in surface plasmon resonance systems (OpenSPR and Alto), which can provide binding kinetics data. SPR allows for the analysis of molecular interactions through the use of polarised light and electrically conducting surfaces, more information on which can be found here. At Merrow Analytical we focus on providing analysis on the interactions of proteins, with other proteins, antibodies etc., where we can use both the Open SPR and Alto to provide data on Kinetics/Affinity Characterisation; Kinetics/Affinity Screening; Quantitation; Epitope Mapping/Binning for proteins.

OpenSPR: This system is the world’s first benchtop SPR instrument that can provide label-free, high-quality analysis of molecular interactions. It also uses nano technology to access localised SPR (LSPR) to deliver repeatable kinetic data and can operate with higher sensitivity.

Alto: Alto is the world’s first SPR instrument to integrate digital microfluidics (DMF) with nanotechnology-based biosensors. This technology provides a series of benefits which allows all fluidics involved to be disposed so no fluidics maintenance is needed. On top of this the nanotechnology allows sample volumes to be reduced to 2µL.


MIPAR is an Image Analysis Software which can detect and measure a variety of features present in your images. It is significantly faster and has much less variability than hand analysis. It is also more accurate than other automated solutions, with deep learning features which allows for automated analysis. Looking at grains and phases from different materials, counting cell numbers in life science or have drone & survey images; MIPAR is the perfect analysis tool. For example images analysed using MIPAR check out their website.

We also offer contract testing through our partner companies directly, which include dynamic mechanical analysis from Metravib and Internal Structure Analysis using microCT from KA Imaging. To find out more about these services please contact us here