[17 May 2018 | ]
Monitoring the air we breathe

Outdoor air pollution can have many sources, both anthropogenic (power generation, vehicle emissions, industrial and agricultural emissions, etc.) and natural, for instance, volcanic eruption, wind erosion or wildfires.  A key area of concern is the Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM), which can have adverse effects on health, particularly in the particle size ranges under ten microns.  These are further characterized by two designations – PM10 (2.5 – 10 micron) and PM2.5 (<2.5 micron), with PM10 having the ability to penetrate deep into lungs, and PM2.5 able to permeate throughout the body …

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Elemental analysis, Elemental quantification, Epsilon, Tech Talk, X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) »

[17 May 2018 | ]
Monitoring the air we breathe

Outdoor air pollution can have many sources, both anthropogenic (power generation, vehicle emissions, industrial and agricultural emissions, etc.) and natural, for instance, volcanic eruption, wind erosion or wildfires.  A key area of concern is the Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM), which can have adverse effects on health, particularly in the particle size ranges under ten microns.  These are further characterized by two designations – PM10 (2.5 – 10 micron) and PM2.5 (<2.5 micron), with PM10 having the ability to penetrate deep into lungs, and PM2.5 able to permeate throughout the body …

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ASD, Customer experience, FieldSpec, Moisture content, Near-InfraRed spectroscopy (NIR), Remote sensing »

[16 May 2018 | ]
Building a better potato…

I am one of the founders of ASD, a brand of Malvern Panalytical, and I currently serve as Chief Technical Officer. 
With their shallow root systems, potatoes are highly susceptible to both drought and heat. Drought reduces both the amount of foliage as well as inducing early leaf senescence. Similarly, heat stress also results in early leaf senescence. Since foliar abundance and function directly impact tuber formation and growth, drought and heat stress negatively impact yields.
Cultivation of potatoes is increasing in regions of the world with climates less conducive to potato …

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Customer experience, Dynamic Light Scattering, Molecular size, Particle size, Tech Talk, Zetasizer »

[15 May 2018 | ]
How to display peaks by size (instead of by area)?

The peaks in your distribution are out of order?
We recently received an email about the order of peaks in the Zetasizer software:
For data evaluation, is it possible to rearrange the NNLS results by order of particle size populations?”
How the peaks are shown (by area)

Size measurement results are typically viewed in the Intensity PSD (M) tab. This is part of the standard Size and Summary workspaces.  When a record contains more than one peak, these results will be tabulated in the table above the intensity size distribution. The default ordering in …

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Malvern Panalytical Events, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) »

[11 May 2018 | ]
27th Annual Pittsburgh User Group is coming

The Malvern Panalytical annual Pittsburgh user group is back on May 16-17 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. This is our 27th year bringing the latest information on X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence to industry and academic users in the area, and offers a great opportunity to network with Malvern Panalytical specialists and other attendees, discuss research and share best practices. The meeting runs two days and includes a customer appreciation dinner on the evening in between.
The meeting also features presentations from our industry and academia customers, highlighting the ways these …

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