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ISTFA 2023

Please join us in Pasadena California, on October 30th to November 4, for ISTFA 2022. This is always a great show and we are looking forward to meeting with friends and making new ones. Please visit us at Booth #410.

We will be at there representing a number of products:

Micro Support Micromanipulators

Axis Pro Micromanipulator

Microscope/micromanipulator system to easily perform sample manipulations as small as 1 micron.  Probes available for a wide range of sample manipulations, including electrical probing, isolating particles, cutting, milling off a surface, micro tweezers, and vacuum for particle transfer.

Arms also be added to FTIR or Raman Microscopes.

About ISFA 2023, Nov 12 – Nov 16, Phoenix, Arizona

Share your experiences and advance the industry and your career at the 49th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, the premier event for the microelectronics failure analysis community. We invite you to submit your work for publication and to present to the industry in Phoenix, Arizona, for the 49th year of ISTFA.

Visit the website ISFA 2023

Methods for the Detection and Monitoring of Microplastics in the Environment

Wednesday, January 18, Webinar at 6:30 PM Pacific time [Register Here]


Microplastics have recently been recognized as a significant environmental contaminant with implications for human health and carbon capture. It is widely recognized that we need to control and decrease the level of microplastics in our society. The California State Water Control Resources Board mandates that agencies that deliver water to the majority of California residents need to monitor for microplastics. However, the reduction of microplastic levels is challenging since detection and monitoring of these contaminants is difficult.

This presentation will provide a review of microplastics and the range of methods being used for monitoring, including the FTIR and Raman methods recommended by the California State Water Resources Control Board.

Finally, a discussion on Soar Optics’ advanced methods to improve the speed and efficiency of microplastics detection and monitoring will be discussed. Our methods incorporate Raman scattering using dedicated sensors for the major microplastics found in the environment, allowing for rapid scanning and comprehensive analysis of most typical samples.

Speaker Background & Research Interests:

Dr. Barnett is the CEO of Soar Optics, a company founded in 2022 to develop advanced optical sensors for materials characterization.

Technical Background

Dr. Barnett has 25 years of experience in the methods being developed by Soar Optics. He is the author of the patent-pending technology that Soar Optics is developing, and is a co-author on 22 published papers in refereed journals.

Dr. Barnett received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from McGill University and subsequently worked as a Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. Since 1997, Dr. Barnett has worked with many industries in the application of optical methods for materials characterization. His roles have included sales, applications development, support, and management. He has also been active in a range of scientific societies including the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) as a member of the Executive Committee and the Governing Board, in addition to serving as President of the Northern California local section for many years. He is a member of the American Society for Trace Evidence Examiners (ASTEE), SPIE, and the Materials Research Society.

Business Background

Dr. Barnett holds an MBA degree from the Graduate School of Management of the University of California, Davis, with an emphasis on technology management, organizational behavior, and entrepreneurship.

In addition to his work at Soar, Dr. Barnett is the Principal of Barnett Technical Services, a company that sells instrumentation for chemical and materials analysis since 2010. He is also a Founder of InnoGrove, a coworking space in Elk Grove, CA that supports the Elk Grove entrepreneurial community.

DATE: Wednesday, January 18

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 17, 1:00 PM.

Webinar Timing: 6:30 PM.

Please register on the web page.

MRS Fall 2021

We are very excited to be attending Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, November 28 – December 3, 2021 in Boston, MA. We will be at booth #516 representing a number of products:

Axis Pro Micromanipulator

Micro Support Micromanipulators

Manipulation of small materials.Probes available for a wide range of sample manipulations, including Isolating particles, Cutting, Milling off a surface, Nanoliquid deposition, Vacuum for material removal. Arms also be added to FTIR or Raman Microscopes.



Attolight manufactures the leading cathodoluminescence (CL) microscopes and accessories on the market.  These systems have been used for a range of applications, including Micro-LED characterization, Defect Visualization and Counting in Optoelectronic Materials, GaN for Power Electronics, Photovoltaic Materials, Defects in Thin Film Battery Materials and Semiconducting Diamond


Ostec Corporate group is an engineering company that provides a wide range of instruments including Raman Confocal MicroscopesFTIR Spectrometers and Microscopes , LIBS instrumentsNano mechanical TestersX-ray Microscopes and Vibration Control Tables

About MRS

The increasingly cross-disciplinary worldwide activity in materials research manifests itself every year in the MRS Fall Meeting. Featuring over 50 symposia and attended by as many as 6,000 researchers from every corner of the globe, the annual Fall Meeting in Boston’s Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel is the preeminent annual event for those in the field of materials research.

Click here for more MRS 2021 information

About BTS

Barnett Technical Services distributes products for material characterization and manipulation.  


For more information on the companies we work with, please visit our Product Representation page.


Our Applications page shows the most common industries we work in from Art Conservation to Micro LEDs to Materials Science and many more.

Steve’s Solutions

The Steve’s Solutions page features articles into how our customers and partners are using our instruments.

International Day of Light

The International Day of Light is a global initiative highlighting to the the citizens of the world the importance of light and light-based technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of Society.

Barnett-Technical Services supports the International Day of Light and its annual celebration on May 16th.

Visit the official website.

GGPF Short Course “Microscopy of Polymers”

We will be demonstrating the Microsupport Axis Pro micromanipulator at the Golden Gate Polymer Forum Two-Day Short Course: Microscopy of Polymers”  on May 7 and 8, 2019

This two-day day short course is presented by a recognized expert on the Microscopy of Polymers with applications in medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Attendees will gain an understanding of the basic principles of the diverse range of microscopy techniques, including state-of-the-art and classic knowledge. Materials that will be addressed include polyurethanes, block-copolymers, hydrogels, polyethylenes, fluoropolymers, and polymer-like materials including pyrolytic carbon and biologicals. Thisshort course will include case studies where a variety of microscopy instruments and characterization techniques were utilized to solve real problems in R&D, quality assessment and control, and patent litigation.

This course will benefit engineers and scientists who wish to understand the broad range of imaging instruments that can be applied to polymer characterization, includingespecially those working with biomedical devices and pharmaceuticals. The goal will be to provide up-to-date and “classic” knowledge regarding these techniques, and how they may be applied to the solution of practical problems.

For more information please visit