Drug Delivery by the banks of the Dee

    A single crystal of a drug compound grown from a melt using a Linkam stage


A single crystal of a drug compound grown from a melt using a Linkam stage

The Robert Gordon University (RGU) is located on the banks of the River Dee in the industrious Scottish city of Aberdeen. This relatively young university, it became one in 1992, has been on the receiving end of some well-deserved acclaim in recent times. Its high rankings in teaching and research led to it being named “Best Modern University in the UK” in 2012 by The Sunday Times newspaper. 

The school of Pharmacy and Life sciences at RGU has been one of the reasons for its rise to the upper echelons of the UK's competitive university league tables. Dr Kerr Matthews, who has been a part of the school for ten years, has been using Linkam LTS and FDCS stages to look at the behaviour of drugs at varying temperatures.

Dr Matthews has focused a lot of time and effort in key interests in the area of drug delivery and formulation science. In particular, he has exclusively undertaken research and development into solid and liquid drug delivery systems. 

For more information about this work, please click here.

by Ricky Patel

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

    California - the home of sea, surf and cutting edge solar research


California - the home of sea, surf and cutting edge solar research

Optoelectronic characterisation is field which has rapidly expanded in recent years as a result of the extended research into renewable energy sources such as solar power.

There are not many places better suited to be the home of this research than the so called 'Golden State' of California, where the sun always seems to shine.

Ms. Shermin Arab and her colleagues at the Cronin lab, which is part of the historic University of Southern California, have been using a Linkam THMS600 to look at the behaviour of various nanowires and how they can be altered to optimise the absorption of sunlight.

The results of this research, combined with previous worked carried out by the lab, could potentially allow us to efficiently use stored solar energy when the sun is not shining – which would be perfect for us over here in the rainy UK.

Please click here to read the full press release for this exciting application.

By Ricky Patel

Peace of Mind

"Take a look at yourself and then make a change", sang Michael Jackson, back in 1988, in a song that could be the soundtrack to many a new year's resolution. As we enter the new year we all feel the urge to look at the "man [or woman...] in the mirror" in a bid to improve ourselves. 

We are no different here at Linkam.

This self-appraising attitude has meant that 2014 is shaping up to be a very stimulating and hopefully very rewarding year at Linkam with a newly renovated building, some new members of staff and most importantly, a whole host of new products waiting to be launched.

The first of these new products is the new Linkam Platinum Pro Service.

The Linkam Platinum Pro Service is an all-inclusive priority repair service designed to give you peace of mind in the knowledge that any repair and related shipping costs are already covered.

As part of this service, your Linkam system will also receive priority technical support. If it is found to be damaged or faulty the system will be repaired or replaced in minimum time and rapidly returned without the delays associated with having to involve your purchasing department.

For more information on this product or to request a quote please click here


by Ricky Patel

Happy New Year

    A dramatic start to the year on the west coast of England as huge waves crash at Porthcawl, near Bridgend (photograph from BBC news)


A dramatic start to the year on the west coast of England as huge waves crash at Porthcawl, near Bridgend (photograph from BBC news)

Wishing you a very Happy New Year from everyone at Linkam.

We are far enough away from the storms that are currently bashing the west coast of England and are fortunate not to have suffered any flood damage despite the huge amount of rain which fell during the Christmas break, so we are happy to report that it's business as usual in Tadworth.

We look forward to bringing you more news, reviews and updates on life at Linkam as we head into 2014.


    Doctorial candidate Berry Bögels showing off his new HFS X-ray stage


Doctorial candidate Berry Bögels showing off his new HFS X-ray stage

As part of the Supramolecular polymer chemistry group at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Doctorial candidate Berry Bögels and his colleagues have been working on developing artificial membranes that can be used in applications such as drug delivery systems, dialysis and biosensors.

These artificial materials have enabled researchers and scientists to better understand, and in some cases, even mimic some of the vital processes that are key in a large number of biological applications

The group has been using various Linkam stages to help facilitate their studies. They have used an LTS stage to help them analyse liquid crystals on a polarising microscope and they have also used a HFS X-ray stage to study the structure of the nanomaterials in a X-ray diffractometer.

With much focus and investment being placed into the research of smart biological materials, the work that Berry and his team are carrying out could prove to be invaluable.

Please click here to read the full press release for this exciting application.

By Ricky Patel

A Warm Reception for a Freezing Cold Topic

    Just some of the grand architecture at the beautiful Birmingham university campus


Just some of the grand architecture at the beautiful Birmingham university campus

On the 13th and 14th of November, I had the pleasure of representing Linkam at the annual meeting of the Cryo Microscopy Group held at the picturesque Birmingham University. This meeting was of particular importance as it marked the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the group.

Speakers from a variety of different fields told short anecdotes about how cryo microscopy has helped them in their research over the last 25 years and talked about how they believe the technique will help their application in the coming years. What was also evident from some of the accompanying photographs was that health and safety measures were not as strictly adhered to in the 1980s and 90s as they are now.

    Delegates sitting in on one of the many engrossing talks


Delegates sitting in on one of the many engrossing talks

The meeting also featured a short freeze-frame competition which was an opportunity for young researchers to give a brief overview of their work - and showcase their best images - in a two minute presentation to the assembled audience.

Overall, this was a very interesting meeting in which all attendees spoke with pride about a technique which has helped them greatly with their previous work and one that seems as if it will only aid them further in the future.

I would like to thank everyone at the Cryo Microscopy Group for all the help and support they have given us in the past. Some members of this group have been instrumental in the development of our CMS196 stage and we look forward to working with more of their members in the future. 

By Ricky Patel

Freeze Drying Microscopy: one-day course

    Freeze Drying Microscopy Stage


Freeze Drying Microscopy Stage

The University of Erlangen Freeze-Drying Focus Group has put together an exciting short course on the many aspects of freeze-drying microscopy. The agenda includes a morning of lectures by eminent freeze drying scientists from Erlangen and BioPharma Technology(UK), followed by a hands-on practical session during the afternoon.

When: Thursday 6th march 2014

Where: Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

Speakers include Dr's Henning and Margit Gieseler, with Zixin Huang, all from FDFG, and Dr Kevin Ward from Biopharma Technology

Topics include:

  • Critical Formulation Temperatures in Freeze Drying
  • Equipment, Basic Methodology, Use of Complementary Techniques
  • Measurement & Influencing Factors, Case Studies on Standard Formulations
  • Case Studies on Difficult and Unusual Products
  • The future for hot and cold stages?

The afternoon is dedicated to a hands-on practical session.

The Course will be limited to 20 delegates, and therefore please register as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

For full details and registration form, please click on this link:


By Ian Pearce

Understanding Cell Behaviour

    Cryo-fluorescence microscopy of the cells performed using the Linkam CMS196 stage


Cryo-fluorescence microscopy of the cells performed using the Linkam CMS196 stage

Linkam's CMS196 stage is being used to study cell behaviour by the London Research Institute of Cancer Research UK. 

In order for mammalian cells to remain healthy their components constantly have to be repaired or replaced. This constant upkeep is carried out in the cells through a process which is known as autophagy, from the Greek words auto “self” and phagein “eat”. As the name suggests, it involves the creation of a structure within the cell (the autophagosome) which breaks down and recycles old and dysfunctional components.

Autophagy plays a major role in a huge number of important cellular functions and any slight fault in this process can lead to neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

With this catabolic mechanism being such a key part of the understanding of some cancers a team at the London Research Institute (LRI) of Cancer Research UK has been looking into how these autophagosomes are formed within the cells and how their functionality is directly linked to their external structure.

Dr Lucy Collinson in collaboration with Dr Sharon Tooze, both from the LRI, have recently used the Linkam CMS196 Cryo Correlative stage to help them study these cells in a new imaging technique called Cryo-Soft X-ray Microscopy (cryo-CLXM). This technique allows the cells to be visualised whilst keeping them in as natural a state as possible.

More about the technique and the findings of their study can be found in the following press release.  

By Ricky Patel

Under the Spotlight: Caroline Feltham

So this month it is my turn to answer my own questions... So without further ado here is a little info about me. All the best, Caroline



How long have you worked at Linkam?

Just over two years.

What’s the best part of working at Linkam?

Linkam has given me the opportunity to work abroad at international conferences. I love travelling and it is one of my favourite parts of the job. Any excuse to write or do some research is always welcome too.

Tell us about your studies and work experience. What were you doing before Linkam? Why did you choose a science career?

I had several options at college and University and considered all sorts of careers but in the end Forensic Science won out, and after I earned my degree I went into a private lab for four years. We did commercial physical and chemical testing of protective clothing. I was mainly involved in the physical testing, so Tensile, Puncture, Tear, Abrasion and Flex of materials used in the manufacture of protective clothing. I tested everything from the gloves you get in home hair colour kits, to material used to build the huge industrial suits, with their own internal air supply. But after four years, it was time for a change. 

What makes you passionate about science/engineering?

Science is about possibilities. It takes positive, crazy people to create something new and go against the flow. I admired those people and wanted to get closer to the genius.

How would you describe your average day at Linkam?

Lots of database and organisational work – I’m in charge of the demo equipment so am kept busy with that plus the day to day sales quotations, customer enquiries and requests.

Has the company changed much since you started working here?

We’ve had an influx of new staff recently and they certainly make a difference – it is nice to not be the only one who doesn’t know everything, and have years of experience of the products!

What are your hobbies?

I currently have three hobbies at the moment - four if you count the gym, but I wouldn’t call that a hobby, it is more a penance for all the cakes we get fed at Linkam. I dance at least once a week. Colloquially the dance I do is known as belly dance, but that is more of an umbrella term to describe several styles of dances originating from the Middle East. I’m also part of an LARP society based at Canterbury University. Think DoD without the board. Lastly, and far from least, I also write. Over the years I’ve experimented with styles and genres and have now settled on fantasy horror. Book one is almost done (although I’ve been saying that for the last nine months) and should be published around Christmas. So guess what my friends are getting as a Christmas present...

Where do you want to be in ten years?

Over the years I’ve read thousands of novels - fiction and fact. In ten years I want to be that obnoxious person at the dinner party who won’t stop talking about the three book deal they have just signed.

And lastly, where did you go on your last holiday? 

No holidays for me this year. It’s all about the book/s. Next year? Somewhere hot. 


Thanks for reading.


From Dusk till Dawn

    Me Graham...Me Run...


Me Graham...Me Run...

Last Friday, my local gym in Uxbridge organised its fifth annual 'All Night Challenge'.

What is the All Night Challenge you ask? Well, in a nutshell, it is twelve hours of running, rowing and cycling until your body can take no more. Twelve hours of blood, sweat and tears across three different exercise machines - and twelve hours to dress up and make fools out of ourselves in the name of charity.

This year, my wife and I both participated on behalf of our chosen charity: Cancer Research UK.

Approximately 50 people started the gruelling challenge which ran from 8pm at night to 8am the following morning and about half managed to complete it. Some could only manage a few hours due to work and family commitments, some held out until around 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning, but with the help of the local pizza shop - who generously donated ten 12” pizzas topped with cheesy goodness – the rest of us managed to survive the full distance.

    Tigger and his wife Eeyore take a well deserved seat after a grueling challenge


Tigger and his wife Eeyore take a well deserved seat after a grueling challenge

Though the night I had the opportunity to trade my usual smart business attire (that I am regularly complimented on) and  expose the 'quirkier' side of my wardrobe. I went from caveman to Where’s Wally to a bouncing Tigger. If you think that’s an effort, my wife managed to go through five costume changes in the same time slot.

The atmosphere on the night was similar to that of a hen or stag do at the local nightclub; people had great fun dressing up, shouting & singing to the pumping tunes of MTV.

The medal, the hot shower and of course the money that we raised for a great cause made all of the pain and chafing (oh the chafing!) worthwhile. So far we have raised £600 and this is still rising.

A tiring night but well worth it. Will I do it again? Yes, I will - I just need to decide what to wear.

By Graham Robinson 

Cryo-correlation in Catalonia

    The evening spotlights fall upon the CMS196 in Barcelona


The evening spotlights fall upon the CMS196 in Barcelona

The cosmopolitan city of Barcelona provided the perfect setting for the recent conference: "Workshop on 3D Solutions in Cryo-Electron Microscopy". Participants and world-class international experts on the topic gathered in the Scientific and Technological Centres of the University of Barcelona.

The participants were treated to an intense and stimulating mixture of sessions – from talks on cutting edge research to practical hands-on sessions which provided hints and tips on sample preparation and the best practises when running the instruments. The practical sessions which focused on sample vitrification, cryo-electron tomography, single particle cryo-EM and 3D reconstruction were kept to an intimate size of six or seven people, which allowed us all to get up close and personal with the equipment.

I was invited to give a presentation on the use and benefits of the Linkam CMS196 cryo-correlative stage which was met with great interest (despite the late evening time slot that I was allocated!). There was also a special appearance from Liz Duke from the Diamond Light Source, in the UK, who described how they had used the CMS196 stage in their study on "Cryo Soft X-ray Tomography: 3D imaging of intact, unstained biological cells".

The evenings were also packed with entertainment: there was a very extravagant dinner in the stunning Palau de la Música in the heart of the city, and of course there were plenty of opportunities to sample the world famous cuisines and enjoy the carnival atmosphere on the most recognisable street in the Iberian peninsula - Las Ramblas.

Overall, the workshop was a great success and we look forward to being part of it again next year. We would like to thank the organisers - in particular Prof. Carmen López-Iglesias and Prof. Peter Peters - who worked hard behind the scenes to make it all happen.

By Dr Michael Schwertner

Surrey's Hills are alive with the sounds of Musettes*

Tour of Britain cyclists battle with the steep climbs of the local Hills


For most of the year Epsom is a sleepy little town which only springs to life for the annual Epsom Derby. This year, however, the town hosted its second international sporting event of the year - the Tour of Britain


The penultimate stage of this year’s Tour went from Epsom to Guildford. As the stage was starting on our doorstep we thought it only reasonable that Team Linkam should be in attendance. So, early Saturday morning Jack Verhoeff and I joined hundreds of other cycle-o-holics at the Historic Queens Stand on the majestic Epsom Downs. 


The whole area was a hive of activity, with team buses, support vehicles and minor celebrities all rushing around abuzz with excitementHowever, it was still way too early for us Linkamites, we felt that a coffee was in order to get our adreneline perculating for day ahead [espresso of course, in accordance to Rule#56 of the velominati bible]. 


As we approached the holy grail that is the Costa Coffee van, we were asked by one of the very well mannered stewards if we were competing in the race. Naturally, we answered, “Yes”, but I think our grins and childish giggles gave us away…still, its nice to think we were looking professional enough to be confused with one of Sir Bradley Wiggin’s cohorts.


After our coffee, we headed towards Dorking, a more cycle specific location where we felt there would be a better chance of bumping into a cycling celebrity or twoAs we came through the town centre we saw the Rapha supporters club van. Being great fans of the brand we decided to stop for a quick break and were offered free coffee [Rule#56 observed again] a couple of free beers and a pair of team Rapha Condor JLT caps.


Then it was onwards - and very much upwards - to Coldharbour Lane, one of the steeper ascents of the local monster that is Leith Hill. By the time we reached the top we were somewhat out of breath. Along with fifty or so other cycle fans we found a great vantage point on a bank at the top of the climb, settled down and waited for the race.


It wasn’t long before the police outriders started streaming past which meant the riders weren’t far behind. Sure enough, after a few minutes and a whole lot more support vehicles, the breakaway group, followed by the main peloton group, came through. [I was disappointed to see that not one of them looked even remotely out of breath]. With much clapping and shouting of the Linkam cycling mantra, “Go on Mark!” the peloton was gone as quickly as it had arrived.


Brief as it was, it was a fantastic experience to be able to get so close to your heroes doing what they do. Roll on next year when the biggest cycle race in the world comes to the UK - The Tour de France.


Keep up to date with Team Linkam's escapades on twitter @Team_Linkam

(Oh and by the way - a Musette* is an over the shoulder bag that is popular with many competitive cyclists)


Jim Hayward

Under the Spotlight: Michael Schwertner

Under the spotlight this week is our latest German import... Dr Michael Schwertner is our new optical expert in the R+D Department. A highly knowledgable scientist, and one of the driving forces behind our innovative team of designers, he works on developments to improve our products whilst helping to create new ones. We look forward to telling you about his projects in the next few months.


How long have you worked at Linkam?

Since March 18th, 2013. I continue to learn new things about the products we make and the company.

What’s the best part of working at Linkam?

Definitely it is the variety of work. I am involved in the development of new products, in particular the optical components and accessories. Most of our customers require microscopy and imaging techniques. Regularly I also discuss new applications and research with our partners in universities and industry. It is very enjoyable to see the many ways Linkam instruments are used in research.

Tell us about your studies and work experience. What were you doing before Linkam?

Before Linkam I studied Physics in Germany and did a DPhil in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. My interest has always been in optics, microscopy, image processing and related topics. For my research I spent time in Australia, Japan and California. After working for Zeiss I started my own company related to optical surface metrology in Jena, Germany (Confovis GmbH). In 2013 I moved back to the UK to live here with my wife, who I met here while at university.

Why did you choose a scientific career?

I enjoy problem solving and like to see how ideas turn into reality.

What makes you passionate about science/engineering?

It is the impact that products or knowledge can make to people's lives. Our products help to enable and speed up research and quality control.

What do your parents do?

My father studied precision mechanics and information processing. Later he worked as an engineer and introduced me to microscopy. My mother studied chemistry and went on to work for the University of Jena.

How would you describe your average day at Linkam?

No day is the same. Typically I work on new concepts and prototypes. It is fun to work with colleagues from many different disciplines. We are a good team and everyone is very helpful and approachable. I forgot one thing that repeats: the tea breaks - of course.

Has the company changed much since you started working here?

Although projects are moving fast, there is only moderate change in the company. Construction work is under way and will lead to new offices.

What are your hobbies?

I like cycling and jogging, travelling to less touristic countries and photography.

Where do you want to be in ten years?

Within ten years I would like to have a small family and be head of an R&D department. 

And lastly, where did you go on your last holiday?

I just returned from a relaxing week in Denmark. We stayed in a house near Ebeltoft / Aarhus together with friends. Its a very nice spot!


Thanks Michael. We hope you are enjoying the snap-shot of the lives of the people who play a part in creating your Linkam stage.

By Caroline Feltham  


Women And Children First

Linkam's warm stages are used for pioneering research into reproductive health. In the home city of the world’s greatest football club [Liverpool FC just in case you had any doubts] the Women's NHS Foundation Trust recently hosted the 35th BAS Annual Meeting; the topic of the meeting was “Changing Paradigms in Andrology.”

The Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust specialises in the health of women and their babies, both within the hospital and out in the community. The hospital has some of the greatest expertise and experience in this field, and is one of only two such specialist trusts in the UK. It is also the largest women’s hospital of its kind in Europe.

Much of the Trust’s work revolves around clinical research and the development of new treatments and medications for reproductive health. Also, in its role as a teaching hospital the Trust works closely with the University of Liverpool to deliver the highest standards of undergraduate and post-graduate medical education and training.

This latest edition of the meeting was mainly focused on semen analysis. The intimate group size of around 40 members allowed all the attendees to get up close and personal with each speaker, to hear about all the latest developments and to discuss what the future holds for this field of research.

The delegates were impressed not only by the technical knowledge of the talks, but also by the new warm plates that were on display from Linkam. These stages, which will come with a calibration probe to ensure accuracy, should be available early next year.

I would like to thank Professor Iwan Lewis-Jones and Mr Nabil Aziz who helped put on such a great and informative meeting.

By Ricky Patel  

Droplet Dynamics

The morphology of different kind of fluids can easily be studied using the CSS450 system

From the simple rainfall control system of your house's guttering, to the complex processsing enviroment of an industrial manufacturing facility - understanding how something flows is vitally important. If you don't understand it, you cannot control it.

Professor Cidade, and colleagues at the New University of Lisbon, are looking at the flow mechanisms within LCP blends of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) using the Linkam CSS450 stage.

Polyethylene terephthalate is often used within consumable packaging. To better understand the mechanical behaviour of the polymer blends the scientists have used this stage to study the rheo-optical properties. Samples were observed for droplet size and deformation.

Professor Cidade said: “The Linkam CSS 450 Shearing System allows, in an easy operation, to follow the morphology/texture of different kind of fluids such as liquid crystals, emulsions and composites.”

The structural dynamics of complex fluids can be directly observed using a standard optical microscope while under precisely controlled temperature and shear modes. The microstructure evolution of complex fluids can be studied in great detail for many physical processes. Scientists can then correlate micro structural dynamics with rheological data to gain insight into the rheology of complex fluids.

The images captured can also be used to validate numerical results from computer simulations as well as other experimental data from indirect measurements such as scattering techniques.

By Caroline Feltham


Technology for Today

 Blue Light Shines Bright - LTS420E stage being put to use in Optoelectronic research

Over the last few months, a team of scientists at the University of Rennes, in France, have been using a Linkam LTSE420 to study and produce luminescent liquid crystals that can be used in various optoelectronic applications.

Optoelectronics refers to a field of technology which combines electricity and light. This field generally comprises of the study, design and manufacture of various devices that convert electrical signals into photonic signals. Any device that can convert electrical signals to optical data can therefore be classed as an optoelectronic device. These devices are a vital component in a large proportion of today's technology ranging from fibre optics cables and wireless communication to high-tech medical equiment.

Franck Camerel and his McCSE group (Matière condensée et systèmes électroactifs) have been working on the design and synthesis of the liquid crystals that can be used for many of the above applications. During this synthesis, one of the key factors that the scientists need to look out for is controlled cell growth. Any imperfections in this cell growth can lead to the crystals being deemed useless - and this is where the regulation of temperature is vital. 

The group used a Linkam LTSE420 "Liquid Crystal Pro" hotstage to aide them in the creation of these cells. The internal electrical contact connectors wired to an external Lemo connector also allow them to align liquid crystalline phases with electrical fields at various temperatures inside the heating stage, thus enabeling them to precisely control the environment in which the crystals were made.

This was a feature which Mr Camerel found very useful, he said:"The Linkam hot stage has allowed the fine tuning of the temperature to develop textures for the optical and spectroscopic investigations of liquid crystalline phases directly inside the microscope."

With the optoelectronics playing a larger role in many aspects of current and future technology, the study of Liquid Crystals is of great importance. We hope that Frank, his team and many other scientists around the world can use our Linkam LTSE420 stage to perfect the growth of these crystals and make them more readily available than they already are.

By Ricky Patel


Under the Spotlight: Graham Robinson

Under the spotlight this week is Graham Robinson, our energetic Production Manager. One of the newest members of the Linkam team he's already made his mark on the production department, and the company as a whole, by helping reduce the time it takes to make and repair your stage.   

How long have you worked at Linkam?

Two months.

What’s the best part of working at Linkam?

The satisfaction of working in a great team environment.

Tell us about your studies and work experience. What were you doing before Linkam?

I was working as a cycle time leader at Honeywell Wheels and Brakes Repairs Company. My role was to reduce lead times and remove as much 'white noise or waste' from the processes as possible and to add value to the value systems.  

Why did you choose a production career?

I started out as a fly press operator and naturally progressed to supervisor/team leader. I then moved on to management. I always wanted to be a footballer though.  

What makes you passionate about science/engineering?

Making 'something' out of nothing.

How would you describe your average day at Linkam?

Hectic, but enjoyable.

Has the company changed much since you started working here?

Yes, the mindset has changed and there is a noticeable air of everybody rising up to meet a challenge.

What are your hobbies?

I watch rugby, go to the gym and enjoy outdoor sports. I like reading sports autobiographies.  

Where do you want to be in ten years?

I would like to become an Operational Manager.

And lastly, where did you go on your last holiday?

Turkey - Oludeniz (the blue lagoon) where it rained for three days straight. But that didn't deter me from swimming in the thunderstorms!


Thanks Graham

We hope you are enjoying the snap-shot of the lives of the people who play a part in creating your Linkam stage.

By Caroline Feltham  


A Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Observing 'fluid inclusions' using an MDS600 and an Olympus BX with 532nm wavlength laser Linkam's heating/freezing stages have been used in the analysis of fluid inclusions for many years.

The vast majority of our customers use the THMSG600 stage for this purpose, but at the Laboratory of Civil Engineering and geo-Environment (LGCgE) at the University of Lille 1, Professor Michel Duboisand two of his MSc students - Mrs Hulin and Mrs Ventalon - have been using a different stage - the Linkam MDS600 - for these studies.

The MDS600 allows the user to store areas, or points, of interest for automated date acquisition. Prof. Dubois uses the stage to look at small cavities within minerals which have trapped mixtures of water, salts and gases present in the earth interior. These fluid inclusions are useful for the identification and understanding of ore deposition processes, petroleum reservoirs and the environment.

He said: “The Linkam stage is a key piece of apparatus in the fluid inclusion laboratory. Its design makes it very convenient to study very small inclusions (less than 5 µm) as it is compatible with high magnification objectives (x100)".

"Geological fluids are important chemical vectors in the Earth, particularly for metals. By heating inclusions, the formation temperature can be deduced - whereas cooling allows the determination of the fluid composition. Temperature and chemical composition of the trapped fluids is fundamental information for scientists creating ore deposition models and new guidelines for exploration.”

The Linkam stage is a unique flexible apparatus to measure phase transition temperatures under a microscope at the fluid inclusion scale.

Many thanks to Professor Dubois and his team for their insight and support with this article.

By Ian Pearce



Partner Focus - Microvision


Microvision's booth at the Forum Lab Biotech exhibition 4-7th June 2013

Microvision Instruments was started in 1992 by Olivier Huin - the current president of the company - and is headquartered at Evry (30 km south of Paris, near the Orly airport). It was initially set up to design and market image analysis and measurement systems, but with time their portfolio has broadened to include microscopes and accessories, cameras, customised projects and, of course, Linkam heating products.

While they supply their image processing systems across the world, they are Linkam's main independent partner for the French domestic market, with their business cutting across all market sectors in the public, private and research domains. Microvision attends several exhibitions each year and is a regular attendee at the Forum Lab Biotech and MesurExpo exhibitions.

The company has just celebrated its 20 year anniversary and includes some experienced hands among its team of 11 staff, such as Gilles Vaillant (22 years experience in the microscope world) who has the responsibility for promoting Linkam equipment.

Please make sure you visit them in October at the MesurExpo,

By Ian Pearce




Under the Spotlight: Patrick Manolito Martin

Under the spotlight this week is Patrick, one of our most energetic Linkam staffers and a passionate family man. He is a highly skilled assembler, and divides his time between assembly work and packing - ensuring that every stage is made to the highest quality and that each one reaches the customer without incident.



How long have you worked at Linkam?

Just over ten years.

What's the best part of working at Linkam?

It's being able to work with such a tightly knitted team.

Tell us about your studies and work experience. What were you doing before Linkam? 

Before Linkam I was at East Surrey College studying engineering.

Why did you choose an engineering career?

Because the bills aren't going to pay themselves!

What makes you passionate about science/engineering?

Because new discoveries and technologies are becoming available every day. 

How would you describe your average day at Linkam?

It varies from packing to assembly work with laughter in between.

Has the company changed much since you started working here? 

A lot has changed since I started. People coming and going and we've moved into bigger buildings.

What are your hobbies? 

Currently I'm a massive NFL fan. I also enjoy watching NBA, Football and Rugby, and you can't beat a bit of sweating in the gym.

Where do you want to be in ten years?

I would love to be somewhere hot with my family. I really enjoy spending time with my fiancée Danielle, and my two daughters Iyla and Araya.

And lastly where did you go on your last holiday? 

We went on a family holiday to Tunisia.


Thanks Patrick

We hope you are enjoying the snap-shot of the lives of the people who play a part in creating your Linkam stage.

By Caroline Feltham