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Automated Production of Colloidal Nanoparticles

The AutoProNANO project aims on the development of a fully automatic machine for the synthesis of colloidal nanoparticles. The project is carried out at the University of Duisburg-Essen and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund in the program START-UP transfer.NRW (EFRE-0400339).
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Create The Best Possible Supply

Difficult to produce, barely storable, limited material availability; many aspects complicate your work with colloidal nanoparticles. Our automated machine takes the complexity out of the synthesis of high-quality, colloidal nanoparticles. Operated in your own lab, our machine brings maximum freedom and independence to your research and development.


Fast Access

Produce colloidal nanoparticles right when you need them.


Easy Operation

Have full control of the synthesis machine right away.


Great Reproducibility

Get high quality colloidal nanoparticles every time.


Handy Capsule

Easily switch between nanoparticle base materials.


The Latest Update


2022|08|15 - Last weeks of AutoProNANO project

The AutoProNANO project will end with the September 2022. Status: Currently, the last of a total of eight pilot tests is in progress with the prototype of our laboratory machine. We will complete the final development steps of the device at the end of August 2022. In addition, we have decided that we will call our startup nextract. After completion of AutoProNANO you will be informed here about the latest developments.


Learn More About Our Machine

Our device unites an advanced synthesis method, automation technology, and functional design. Besides best possible supply of colloidal nanoparticles, the machine comes with further advantages.

Lab space comes at premium, so we designed a compact machine that you can place anywhere. All you need is a standard power socket and a fume hood if you want to work with flammable dispersion media.

Our synthesis method allows various combinations of nanoparticle material and dispersion medium. The nanoparticles are produced by laser ablation of a solid target that is placed in the capsule.

Chemically produced colloidal nanoparticles usually contain high amounts of ligands, surfactants, and educt residues. Our synthesis method guarantees highest possible purity, even sterility if desired.

Our machine takes care of you and your colloid. It checks if enough resources are available for the planned synthesis, monitors the process, and writes a log file. You can also set a start timer for each synthesis.



Fits in every lab. Dimensions: L 53 cm x W 41 cm x H 50 cm.



Choose between different nanoparticle materials and dispersion media.



Runs with minimum use of chemicals. Sterile colloids are possible.



Computer-controlled synthesis with adaptive features.


Supported By Active Research

Our machine uses a laser-based synthesis method that combines characteristics of top-down and bottom-up synthesis approaches for colloidal nanoparticles.