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MicroTrough XS

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MicrotroughXS is a compact and versatile Langmuir instrument for research.

Please choose between the available options below. More information on these accessories can be seen under the related produts -tab.
Choose troughs for your setup. We recommend selecting at least one trough as troughs are not included in the basic setup.
Note: A set of POM barriers are already included in the basic setup
Choose either manually or software controlled Dip Coater.
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The Kibron MicroTroughX is a versatile Langmuir instrument enabling researchers to carry out a variety of surface chemistry experiments. Using Kibron accessories you can convert the instrument into a Langmuir-Blodgett trough, a standard tensiometer, a surface potential recording device, just to name a few examples. MicrotroughX is available in small (S) and large (L).

Kibron MicrotroughXL is a medium sized Langmuir instrument. The core technology, Kibron’s sensor (0.2 microgram resolution), records surface pressure with a very high sensitivity, better than 0,01 mN/m, yielding excellent reproducibility. The instrument features adjustable feet and protective enclosure. Heat control plate with for connection to an external bath is available as an accessory.

We have two different trough materials available, namely PTFE (Standard) and stainless steel with PTFE edges. The hydrophilic bottom of the steel trough allows for a significantly smaller subphase volume. Trough models for various purposes are available in the webshop or on request. Other materials, custom troughs and designs, including previously sold troughs, are available on request. We recommend POM barriers. PTFE barriers are available from the webshop or on request..

The instrument is controlled by the recently released FilmwareX4.0. The software has a intuitive design, which allows the users to effortlessly do and review experiments.

Kibron troughs were designed by scientists for scientists: we know surface chemistry, from basic science and the classroom all the way to leading edge research. Please contact us at info@kibron.com for changes to the basic configuration, custom parts, and quotations.


The basic setup includes the following items:

#6039 Aluminium Base Plate with stepper motor for smooth compression
#6034 Langmuir force balance for surface pressure measurements
#1500 Set of DyneProbes, 4 pcs
#6407 Set of Two Barriers (POM)
#3530 Sample cup (PP), set of 50 pcs (For calibration and surface tension measurements)
#6235 Acrylic cover box
#6018 Electronics unit
#6122 FilmWareX 4.0 Software License
#6199 MicroTrough User Manual
#6309 Power supply (110V-240V AC/12V DC)
#1502 Mains adapter, US/JPN/EU/UK
#6035 Ground cable
#6238 Connecting cable, 2pcs
#6240 Computer cable


Base mechanics 33 x 14 x 6 (h) cm ( 13 x 5.5 x 2.4 inches)
Electronics 27 x 23 x 8 cm (10.6 x 9 x 3.1 inches)
Total weight 3.55 kg (7.8 lbs)
Acrylic casing Prevents perturbation of the film by air flow and accumulation of dust into the interface. Allows for the use of protecting gas to reduce oxidation and photobleaching in fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy.
Dimensions Outer base plate dimensions 33 cm x 14 cm (13.0 in x 5.5 in)

Control of film area

Barriers Made of hydrophilic, inert polymer (POM). PTFE barriers are available upon request.
Compression velocity Can be freely varied between 0 and 200 mm/min (one barrier)
Accuracy Better than 0.1 %
Barrier motion High precision microstepping motor guarantees extremely precise and smooth control of area
Software All measurements are computer controlled, with real-time display of retrieved data

Measurements of surface pressure (Surface tension)

Principle Wilhelmy method using a small diameter ( 0.51 mm) special alloy wire. No artefactual hysteresis as when using the conventional Pt-plates. No drying and accumulation of salt which cause significant errors when filter paper is used. Other probe materials and shapes available on request.
Dynamic range 0 to 130 mN/m
Resolution 10 µN/m (1.6 µg)
Temperature sensor KTY. Resolution 0.1 degrees.


Material Full PTFE or Stainless steel with PTFE edges. Several designs available on request.
User-defined designs are routinely made.
Volume 145 ml in Full PTFE Langmuir-troughs, and 270 ml in Full PTFE Langmuir-Blodgett troughs. 45-90 ml in stainless steel Langmuir trough. Subphase can be magnetically stirred. 300 µl in surface pressure measurements (Multiwell plate).
Detailed specifications are found under the particular troughs.
Area Subphase area 23.0 cm x 5,9 cm (9.1 in x 2,3 in)



Freie universität Berlin

In our laboratory at the FU Berlin, we use the Langmui-Blodgett technique to coat surfaces with carbon-based nanoparticles. We have decided to buy both sizes of the MicroTrough and obtain very good results in a short time. Both units offer easy handling in  combination with minimal dimensions. The software is simple, but powerful”

Christian Halbig, PhD-Student at Freie Universität Berlin

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