Articles Archive for April 2011
Public anticipation of Friday’s Royal festivities in the UK began with the announcement of Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton. The Prince demonstrated his intentions by presenting his future bride with a highly recognisable family heirloom; an 18-carat blue sapphire rimmed with diamonds, the same ring the Prince of Wales had presented to Lady Diana Spencer 30 years before.
Here at Malvern, we also woo with sapphires, promising them to every purchaser of an Insitec L or Parsum real-time particle size analyzer. With self-cleaning sapphire windows at the heart of both …
Laser Diffraction, Particle size »
Knowing a little of the science that makes something work can really deepen your respect for an every day object.
At the end of 2010 I had the privilege of attending Drug Delivery to the Lungs 21, an event that showcases research in the field of inhaled drug delivery. While many value their inhalers simply for the instant and welcome relief they provide, those of us lucky enough to peer into the world of inhaler research can find powder engineering to really marvel at.
Today’s post continues the series on why particle …
In my book, waking up to the news that the company you work for has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a pretty good way to start the day. What’s even more special today is that for Malvern Instruments this is the second year in succession, and the seventh time in the company’s history, that we’ve been recognised in this way.
So I’d just like to say well done to everyone in the company and all our distribution partners and customers who made it possible. A Queen’s Award further endorses …
Hi, my name’s Malcolm Connah. As Product Marketing Manager for Malvern’s Nanometrics products, I get to talk and write about the company’s Zetasizer family of particle characterization systems and the Viscotek range of gel permeation chromatography/size exclusion chromatography systems. Which sounds like a bit of a mouthful when you put it all in one sentence.
Useful materials contacts
I recently came across a very interesting story on MaterialsViews.com, a news portal run by John Wiley & Sons and dedicated to materials science. The site is edited by two of the most prolific …
Particle shape, Particle size »
…so this blog will be brief.
When I am demonstrating the capabilities of the Morphologi G3 to potential customers, one of the features that leaves a lasting impression is the ability to return back to a particle after the measurement is complete to get a closer look in the manual microscope view. One click of the mouse on the particle thumbnail image and whoosh, the instrument drives the sample literally under the microscope for closer scrutiny.
Below is an example of a crystalline sample I was looking at the other day.
The first image is lit from below the sample …
According to an industry expert quoted on NewEnergyWorldNetwork.com, the cost of lithium-ion batteries will drop by nearly a third within the next four years and may be halved by 2020. Vital to green technologies such as clean energy storage and electric vehicle applications, this reduction in cost will be a result of more efficient charging mechanisms and an increase in battery lifetimes.
The ability to measure, predict and control properties that extend battery life is therefore extremely important to this greener future.
More efficient charging mechanisms
Currently, manufacturers routinely employ carbon or graphite …
Malvern Events, Particle size »
Here at Malvern there is a strong focus on the expansion and dissemination of knowledge. Our corporate culture encourages continuous exploration of the science and applications relevant to our products and we all enjoy putting together and delivering webinars in our specialist areas.
Covering the basics as well as the boundaries
Having said that, while it is always fascinating to focus on the boundaries of science, or particular applications relevant to our product areas, we are equally inclined to go back to the basics:
‘An introduction to particle size analysis’ which I presented at …
Hi – I’m John Casola, a new face to the blog, but I guess pretty familiar to a number of people in the asphalt industry in the US. A Products Sales Manager by title, in the area of rheology, I have a keen interest and intense focus on all things asphalt.
This post is part of a series designed to give you a flavor of Malvern’s activities across the globe and I’m going to talk you through some of my recent work. I hope you’ll find it interesting and that it …