GRIMM Aerosol Technik Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer Systems


GRIMM Aerosol Technik Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer Systems


A particle sizer system that uses technology well-known for highest size resolution and lowest particle diffusional losses – even for the smallest particles

  • Faraday Cup Electrometer (FCE) as a detector
  • Particle size distribution from 0.8 – 1094 nm
  • Three Vienna-type DMAs
  • Sample flow rate = 1 - 5 L/min
  • Sheath flow rate = 3 - 20 L/min
  • Rugged, compact, and reliable
  • Fully automated use with our software
  • Analog inputs for additional sensors
  • Data sampling rate up to 16 Hz
  • No consumables
  • Operates with air and inert gases
  • Comprehensive self-test for highest reliability

How it works

The GRIMM Aerosol Technik Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer System is a particle sizer system that features the Vienna-type DMA design, well-known for highest size resolution and lowest particle diffusional losses – even for the smallest particles. A CPC uses the same laser scatter method of detection as many of our other dust monitors. A CPC is however able to measure much smaller nanoparticles than a normal laser-based dust monitor due to the condensation chamber. In the condensation chamber, dust particles are exposed to a supersaturated solution of n-Butanol. The butanol condenses on the surface of the dust particles, causing them to grow to a sufficient size for laser scatter detection.

An SMPS+C (Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer + Condensation particle counter), is a CPC with a device called a DMA column on the front. The DMA column uses a variable electric field to only allow particles of a certain size range to pass through for measurement at the CPC. By scanning the DMA column over a range of electric potentials, a particle size spectrum can be produced. Without a DMA column, a standalone CPC will count all particles in the air without discerning any size information..

The SMPS+E systems include the GRIMM 5706 DMA controller and the GRIMM 5705 fast and low noise FCE and can be operated at aerosol inlet flow rates of 1 – 5 L/min and sheath flow rates of 3 – 20 L/min. GRIMM offers a flexible design of the Vienna-type DMA with three electrodes of different length to accommodate a variety of experimental needs. 

GRIMM’s unique FCE design applies a rinsing air flow around the insulator of the Faraday Cup to minimise effects of leakage currents due to internal particle contaminations. The instrument is optimised to reduce the effects of mechanical shocks and pressure differences, enabling the SMPS+E as a reference instrument for the calibration of nanoparticle counters.

These systems comprise a DMA for the classification of particles, a Condensation Particle Counter (CPC) as detection system, and a software package. According to the intended application DMAs can be used either with a SMPS+C compatible stationary CPC or with the mobile CPC model 5.403. Specifications of the CPC are listed on separate data sheets. All SMPS+C compatible CPCs, however, serve not only for particle detection. They also supply air flows through the DMA, control the high voltage supply, and form the interface to the PC with the SMPS+C software. The mobile system can be used without an attached computer. Before measurements, all SMPS+C systems carry out a self test to guarantee highly reliable results. The self test comprises a leak test, a check of the connected DMA type, a test for leak currents in the DMA, and monitoring of a proper condensation process.


  • Fundamental aerosol research
  • Environmental & climate studies
  • Nanotechnology process monitoring
  • Printer emission studies
  • Inhalation & exposure studies
  • Studies on atmospheric nucleation
  • Studies on nanoparticle growth
  • Coagulation & transport
  • Engine exhaust studies
  • Mobile aerosol studies
  • Workplace monitoring


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