Model: Optima TLX

Manufacturer: Backman Coulter


The Optima TLX microprocessor-controlled tabletop ultracentrifuge generates high centrifugal forces for a variety of highspeed applications. The instrument design features a variable-frequency induction drive, thermoelectric temperature control system, self-purging vacuum system, rotor overspeed identification system, program memory that can contain up to ten five-step programs, and a choice of acceleration and deceleration rates.

Function and capabilities
  • Can be used in differential sedimentation (pelleting) of subcellular organelles and viruses in moderate volume
  • Run temperature can be set between 0 to 40 °C
  • The temperature is displayed to a tenth of a degree and is within ±2 degrees of the set temperature (after equilibration)
Technical specifications
PropertiesOptima TLX
Set speed5000 to 110000 rpm in 1000-rpm increment
Set timeUp to 99 hours 59 minutes
Set temperature2 - 40 °C in 1 increments
Ambient temperature range15 - 53 °C
Humidity restrictionsLess than 95% (non condensing)
Heat output0.5 kW
Type of rotor
TLA-110 (fixed angle)
Angle: 28 °
Capacity: 8 x 5.1 ml


Services to run samples are available. However, the tube for the samples are not provided. The recommended consumables (not provided) are:

1) Beckman Coulter - 4.7 ml optical seal polypropylene tubes (parts no: 36121)

2) Beckman Coulter - Ultem Spacer (part no: 361676)


Person in charge: Fadzly Adzhar bin Kamarulzaman

Lab location: 3-4-04

Email address: fadzly.adzhar@monash.edu

Contact number: +603-55161595