High Efficiency Series
There is a critical temperature for most biological samples that are cryopreserved. This critical temperature is known as the Glass Transition Temperature (Tg) of water, which is widely accepted as being in the order of -130° to -135°C. The long-term viability of frozen samples can be seriously compromised if stored above this temperature range. Further, if they experience several transitions through this range in either thermal direction, additional deterioration may occur. It is important that the LN2 freezer maintain a lower temperature, even during filling and sample retrieval cycles. This is much more likely to be achieved if the freezer maintains a temperature of -190°C than if the system is at or near the critical temperature at normal equilibrium. Chart-MVE’s approach to this problem was to improve the fundamental design of freezers used in vapor phase and to design and build a nitrogen vapor freezer which ensures stability at -190°C.