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Debbie Huck-Jones
Debbie is Product Technical Specialist and Technical Support Supervisor for the Morphological Imaging Systems at Malvern. Her focus is on applications development and support, working closely with new and existing users of Malvern systems. Debbie joined Malvern in 2005 from ABB instrumentation where she worked as a sales engineer. In 2004 she completed a PhD jointly supervised by the University of Exeter and Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg which was sponsored by the EPSRC and European Doctoral Collage Strasbourg.

Chemical identification, Image Analysis, Malvern Panalytical Events, Morphologi 4, Morphologi 4-ID, Particle shape »

[13 Feb 2018 | ]

As I find myself surrounded by snow in Paris – the city of love – I’ve received news from my colleague, Sarennah Longworth-Cook, who has just been measuring chocolate on the new Morphologi 4 using the new Sharp Edge measurement mode.  How apt, since we’ll be launching the new Morphologi 4 range on Valentine’s Day!
So, what can Morphologi 4 tell us about our delicious chocolatey treats?

I know we don’t all think about this sort of thing whilst we’re enjoying eating it, but the way that chocolate feels and melts in …

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Chemical identification, Image Analysis, Malvern Panalytical Events, Morphologi G3, Morphologi G3-ID, Particle shape »

[7 Feb 2018 | ]

A week today, we will be excitedly preparing for the launch of the brand new Morphologi® 4 and Morphologi 4-ID! As we approach the next exciting chapter in Morphologi’s evolution, I’ve been looking back at just how far this instrument has come over the years.
Malvern Panalytical’s first foray into static morphological imaging was our acquisition of the Pharma Vision 830 in late 2003.  This system worked by using a linear actuator to automatically move the camera across the sample tray as it took digitized video images. At the time, it …

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Image Analysis, Meet the Experts, Morphologi G3-ID, Particle shape, Particle size »

[28 Dec 2017 | ]

After a break of 4 years, it was great to get back to the Drug Delivery to the Lungs conference (DDL2017) in Edinburgh this year. After the snow and gales of previous years when I have visited it was rather quiet in terms of weather this year, but not in terms of content as this was varied and interesting. I caught up on some of the latest advances in inhaled device development targeting special populations, such as small children or critically ill patients. It was really exciting to see the …

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Chemical identification, Image Analysis, Meet the Experts, Morphologi G3-ID, Particle shape, Raman spectroscopy »

[29 Sep 2017 | ]

I have just come back from presenting my talk ‘Application of Morphologically-Directed Raman Spectroscopy in deformulation and in vitro bioequivalence studies’ at the pharma focus session of Powtech 2017.
The talk indicated how there are still many drug products that have come of patent but do not yet have generic equivalents available and how there is a drive from the regulatory bodies to make health care more accessible and so they are producing many guidance documents to help address this.
I gave an overview of a proposed workflow for developing generic drug …

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Morphologi G3-ID, Particle shape, Raman spectroscopy, Tech Talk »

[31 Aug 2017 | ]

GEN covers the role of MDRS in reducing the need for clinical bioequivalence endpoint studies
Raman spectroscopy and MDRS enable determination of the size and shape of specific components within a multi-component blend.
This article followed the recent approval of an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for a locally-acting mometasone furoate nasal spray, which provided the opportunity for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to highlight the pivotal and pioneering role MDRS played.
MDRS enables determination of the size and shape of specific components within a multi-component blend. For the purposes of …

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[25 Jul 2017 | ]

Why is it that structures built in Roman times have resisted the elements for thousands of years when more modern structures have suffered?
This was a question posed in a recent BBC news story ‘Scientists explain ancient Rome’s long-lasting concrete’ that caught my eye since we have pondered the question here at Malvern before as you can see in this application note “Component Characterization of Cements” where the Morphologi G3-ID was used to study and compare the composition of different cements.

How is the concrete made?
Ancient structures are built using concrete made from …

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[26 Aug 2015 | ]

One of my hobbies is re-enacting battles of the Civil wars. I am a musketeer fighting for the Earl of Manchester’s Parliament regiment against the troops of King Charles. As I prepare for the Siege of Chester, our August Bank holiday muster, checking the lock, stock and barrel of my musket, I have been thinking how things have changed over the last 3 centuries.  
Loading a 17th century musket via the barrel takes tens of seconds.  Even the best musketeers might only have been able to fire off 3 shots in a …

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Malvern Panalytical Events, Meet the Experts, Morphologi G3-ID, Particle shape, Particle size, Raman spectroscopy »

[11 Mar 2015 | ]

Hoax bioterrorism powder attacks are well known in the USA. Once it is established that the powder is not a real threat, the search is on to establish who made the hoax threat, and the clues can be right there in the powder itself.  Often artificial sweeteners are used, and whilst bulk Raman analysis can confirm that a powder is dextrose, Morphologically Directed Raman Spectroscopy (MDRS) can help go a step further and identify the specific sweetening agent, and therefore the brand, which may help in the search for the …

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Chemical identification, Customer experience, Morphologi G3-ID, Particle shape, Raman spectroscopy, Tech Talk »

[27 Nov 2014 | ]

Hello!  A few months ago I blogged about my up and coming visit to Australia and I promised to let you know if I made it to the top of the Sydney Harbour bridge – I am not sure where the time as flown to since then but I thought it was about time I let you know how the trip went.
One of the reasons I headed down under was to give 12 seminars; 4 each in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane – the team at ATA Scientific did a great …

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Image Analysis, Laser Diffraction, Malvern Panalytical Events, Mastersizer, Particle shape, Particle size, Tech Talk »

[28 Oct 2014 | ]

This month we revealed the Hydro Sight and the Hydro SV accessories with a live lab ‘party’ celebrating 3 years since the launch of the Mastersizer 3000. The two new accessories have been designed to help our Mastersizer 3000 users achieve smarter particle sizing.
Since becoming Product Manager for the Imaging team here at Malvern, launching the Hydro Sight was a first for me so it has been a very exciting time. Not only because it is my first launch but also because the accessory itself actually brings Laser Diffraction and …

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Laser Diffraction, Malvern Panalytical Events, Mastersizer, Particle size, Tech Talk »

[1 Oct 2014 | ]

How exciting is this? It is such a fantastic experience to see first-hand our customer’s reaction to the Hydro Sight and Hydro SV , new accessories for the Mastersizer 3000 which we launched at Powtech yesterday. It was great being part of the customer evaluation of the early prototype version of the Hydro Sight but this is even better.
Coming here to Powtech for my first product launch was actually quite nerve racking, but once I got into the first demonstration and showed off how the Hydro Sight allows users to …

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Laser Diffraction, Malvern Panalytical Events, Mastersizer, Meet the Experts, Particle size »

[30 Sep 2014 | ]

Hi and welcome to backstage at Powtech!
Yesterday we arrived at the Exhibition Centre in Nuremberg to set up our Malvern stand amongst the hive of activity customary before the opening of such a prestigious show. I am so excited to have the opportunity to deliver my first product launch here at Powtech. Since I became Product Manager at the beginning of the year, it has been a really fast paced and exciting 9 months working with the fresh faced Analytical Imaging New Product Introduction team to develop an exciting new accessory for the Mastersizer.
Then over …

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Morphologi G3, Morphologi G3-ID, Particle shape, Particle size, Spraytec, Tech Talk »

[4 Jul 2014 | ]

Hay fever sufferers, put that tissue away – there is help at hand!
Summer has got off to a flying start in the British Isles, with some fabulously sunny weather enjoyed throughout June. July has brought with it some pretty heavy showers, but we Brits known that’s only to be expected with the tennis underway at Wimbledon! The good news for most of us is that forecasts are looking promising again as we head deeper into July, so hopefully we can continue to relax in the sun, enjoying barbeques and  long evening …

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Chemical identification, Mastersizer, Meet the Experts, Morphologi G3, Morphologi G3-ID »

[14 May 2014 | ]

I am really looking forward to my next trip as it is somewhere I have never been before. The sale of a Morphologi G3-ID in Australia to Southern Cross University has finally given me the opportunity to go and visit which is very exciting!
I will be heading over to give training on the newly installed system at the Southern Cross Geoscience research center. The group undertakes innovative research that contributes to the understanding and improved management of land and water resources with particular reference to the impact of human activity.
To …

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Chemical identification, Malvern Panalytical Events, Morphologi G3, Raman spectroscopy »

[21 Feb 2014 | ]

A new year brings a new job for me as Product Manager for Malvern’s Analytical Imaging range. This brings exciting challenges to think about possible new products and find new applications for our current ones. So that brings me over to Seattle to the American Academy of Forensic Science 66th Annual Scientific Meeting.
On Monday I attended the ‘Applications of Raman Spectroscopy for trace evidence examinations’ workshop chaired by Patrick Buzzini of West Virginia University. There was a really informative introduction to Raman spectroscopy given by Edward M Suzuki which explained …

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[20 Dec 2013 | ]

It has been a while since I have blogged but something very exciting happened last week so I wanted to shout about it.
I have attended the Drug Delivery to the Lungs (DDL) conference several times and for the last few years we talked about the Morphologi G3-ID early access system and various potential applications. In fact the instrument was featured alongside the Spraytec in the poster we won the industrial prize for back in 2010. The instrument had just been fully launched before last year’s event and this year I was …

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Particle shape, Tech Talk »

[6 Jun 2013 | ]

Hi everyone,
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the first Masterclass last week.  It was great to see so many people signed up to the webinar.
I hope you enjoyed it and that you now have a good understanding of what automated particle imaging is and how we go about making measurements.
If you missed it, don’t worry you can catch up by viewing the recording here
The second in the series provides more detailed descriptions of the two main types of imaging system: Dynamic and Static.
                       DYNAMIC – FPIA 3000       …

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Customer experience, Malvern Panalytical Events, Meet the Experts, Morphologi G3, Raman spectroscopy »

[9 Oct 2012 | ]
Installation of the first Morphologi G3-ID

Hi, It’s Debbie here again and once more I have been on my travels.
I am thrilled to be able to report we have successfully installed the first Morphologi G3-ID.
My colleague Ben Pattison (Systems Engineer) and I travelled to Zagreb, in Croatia, in the last week of September and installed the system at PLIVA (which is part of the Teva) and provided training to the new users.
The Analytical Imaging team, here at Malvern Instruments, have been building up to this moment for some time and it was great to see the …

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Corporate, Image Analysis, Meet the Experts, Morphologi G3, Particle shape, Particle size »

[30 Aug 2012 | ]
A polarized view of the world

Hi, this is Debbie again, Technical Specialist for Malvern’s imaging systems.
I always enjoy getting to work on new applications, especially at times where a change in the software allows me to do something I was not able to do before. Traditional manual microscopists often use cross polarized light to improve contrast on birefringent particles. Whilst polarizer accessories have been available with the Morphologi G3 for some time, for manual use, I am delighted that we now have the capability to measure with them automatically. This means we are now able to measures …

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[5 Jun 2012 | ]
What goes into a Malvern applications report

As part of my job I write reports for the analysis of customer samples on a regular basis. This type of applications analysis is a very important stage in our dialog with a customer. They have sent the samples for analysis as they are looking for guidance regarding the viability of using a particular technology to meet their needs. Consequently we aim to provide full application reports that are clearly laid out and tailored to these individual requirements. So depending on the complexity of the samples and the length of …

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