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[7 Nov 2017 | ]

Complete phase composition and simultaneous determination of bath parameters with a sample throughput time of less than a minute on a benchtop diffractometer!
The production of aluminium from purified alumina by electrolysis (Hall-Héroult process) is a very energy-consuming process. Frequent monitoring of the electrolytic bath parameters combined with short measurement times and high sample throughput is important to ensure minimum costs for smelter operations. Over the years a number of analytical techniques, including wet chemistry, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) have been used to monitor electrolytical bath conditions.
Wet chemistry …

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Inside Malvern Panalytical »

[1 Nov 2017 | ]

The Malvern Panalytical offices in the US are no strangers to hard work, and absolutely no strangers to play. On Halloween, employees in the US headquarters office (Westborough, MA) took the opportunity to celebrate with an assorted pastry breakfast, a potluck lunch, and an office-wide costume contest.
Homemade costumes seemed to be the theme this year as employees showed off their creative side in hopes of winning the contest. It was difficult to choose, but ultimately, Fred Mazzeo, dressed as Elliot and E.T. was crowned the winner. Runners-up included Bill McDonald …

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[19 Sep 2017 | ]

Dr Keith Norrish, a distinguished earth scientist and great pioneer of X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry, passed away on September 13th, 2017, aged 93. Malvern PANalytical would like to acknowledge his life-time contribution to the XRF technique. Inspirational, sometimes fearless, Keith Norrish was a superb practician who made significant advances in the practical application of XRF. His work led to developments in instrumentation, sample preparation techniques (e.g. borate fusion) and multi-element instrument drift monitor samples.  Dr Norrish’s analytical methods are used widely in the mining sector, not only of his native …

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Corporate, Dynamic Light Scattering, »

[17 Nov 2016 | ]

JASIS (Japan Analytical Scientific Instruments Show), one of the largest exhibitions in Asia for analytical and scientific instruments, took place recently at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.
Malvern Instruments received some great news at this meeting, which we are delighted to share with you: we won the “Analytical and Scientific Instrument Heritage Certification” award for the High Speed Digital Correlator and Probability Analyser System Type K7023.
The aim of this award is to communicate information to the Japanese people about valuable analytical technologies and scientific instruments that contribute to the country’s life, economy, education …

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Corporate, »

[4 Aug 2016 | ]

We are sad to announce the death last week of Steve Trudgill, 90, the founder of Malvern Instruments.
Steve was born in Nelson, Lancashire on the 15/05/1926. From relatively humble beginnings (his father worked as an Electrician in a Lancashire mill), he started his working career at 17 years old as an Apprentice at RSRE (Royal Signals and Radar Establishment), now Qinetiq.
He spent the next 20 years at RSRE as a Senior Experimental Officer.
This was during the early years of the war, and Steve was put to work with some of …

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Malvern Panalytical Events »

[30 Jun 2016 | ]

It’s midnight, most people are asleep, but not Malvern employees.
At 00:00 on June 11th a team of 12 Malvern employees, set off on the challenge of completing a continuous 40 mile walk along the Cotswolds Way.
Team Spirit
The event brought together employees from a range of roles and departments to train together, laugh together and at the end cry together. Malvern Instruments are renowned for the way we build and strengthen relationships with our customers and colleagues to help complete even the toughest of challenges.
Below are some short anecdotes from the …

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Mastersizer »

[29 Oct 2015 | ]

The paranormal has always been a fascinating subject for me. As an amateur paranormal investigator I am often out in alleged haunted locations looking for rational explanations to unusual activity.
Working at Malvern instruments we are fortunate enough to work with instruments and methods that are reliable and repeatable every time but when it comes to paranormal investigations this is often not the case.
 
 
Whether you believe in ghosts or not there are certainly a lot of interesting individual theories around ghosts. Theory provides an explanatory framework for observation, and from the …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Zetasizer »

[10 Sep 2015 | ]

Processed foods are inherently complex systems comprised of structured materials, such as polysaccharides, biopolymers and proteins which are structured on a variety of different length scales and exhibit dynamics on multiple timescales. Characterizing the relevant structures and linking them through to the final sensory and functional performance is a key challenge across the food industry. The ability to engineer the relevant structural features for performance control requires characterization techniques that can connect changes at the smallest length scales (e.g. water structuring) through to the intermediate (protein secondary/tertiary structure) and then …

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Inside Malvern Panalytical »

[16 Jul 2015 | ]

This summer, a 14 strong team of us from different departments at Malvern Instruments, plus a couple of our friends, came together as a crew and participated in a charity dragon boat race taking place in Worcester.  Malvern’s HR team were very supportive of our participation in the event and the company generously sponsored us and made donation to the charity.

We all had great fun throughout the event, from training sessions to setting up our tent and gazebo on the race day. We even managed a frisbee game in between races …

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Malvern Panalytical Events, Meet the Experts, Tech Talk »

[7 May 2015 | ]

During May & June we’re running a series of free seminars in the USA and Canada for people who want to learn more about the latest methods for nanoparticle characterization.
The seminars will each last 1.5 days, giving you the chance to learn about a complementary range of technologies for characterizing nanoparticles including Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA), Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC), Microcalorimetry, Rheology and Resonant Mass Measurement (RMM).  You will learn about the advantages and limitations of each technology, hear about the latest developments and see lots …

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Customer experience, Mastersizer, Morphologi G3, Parsum, Particle shape, Particle size, Spatial Filter Velocimetry, Tech Talk »

[8 Apr 2015 | ]

Fluidized Bed Coating
Improving the fluidized bed coating process with PAT & AI
Leia este blog no Português
On the morning of February 25, 2015, a doctoral defense was performed by Carlos Alexandre Moreira da Silva, Master in Chemical Engineering from University State of Campinas (Unicamp), under Prof. Dr. Osvaldir Taranto Pereira’s supervision.
The thesis titled “Application of Process Analytical Technology and Artificial Intelligence to monitor and control a fluidized bed coating process” developed in Chemical Engineering Faculty at the State University of Campinas, set an innovation in the study of the key parameters involved …

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Customer experience, Parsum, Particle shape, Particle size, Português, Spatial Filter Velocimetry, Tech Talk »

[8 Apr 2015 | ]

Read this blog post in English
Na manhã do dia 25 de fevereiro de 2015, foi realizada a defesa de doutorado de Carlos Alexandre Moreira da Silva, Mestre em Engenharia Química pela Unicamp, sob a orientação do Prof. Dr. Osvaldir Pereira Taranto, Chefe de Gabinete Adjunto da Reitoria da Unicamp.
A tese “Aplicação de Tecnologias Analíticas de Processo e Inteligência Artificial para Monitoramento e Controle de Processo de Recobrimento de Partículas em Leito Fluidizado”, desenvolvida na Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Faculdade de Engenharia Química), configurou uma inovação no estudo dos parâmetros essenciais …

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Malvern Panalytical Events, Particle shape, Particle size »

[26 Mar 2015 | ]

What an amazing time we had at Pittcon in New Orleans this year!  The folks who visited our booth were treated to not one, but two contests to enter for the chance to win Amazon gift cards.
First, we challenged people to guess the number of ‘particles’ in the jar – we are the particle characterization experts after all! OK, so they weren’t really particles… as we were in NOLA just after Mardi Gras, we filled a great big jar with shiny beads and asked people to guess how many were in there for a chance …

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Kinexus, Rheology, Rheometry »

[17 Mar 2015 | ]

Microfluidic Rheometer and Guinness
The Great Guinness Viscosity Challenge
Last year we did a nice Christmas blog on the viscosity of beer where myself and Steve Carrington took our Microfluidic rheometer down to our local pub to measure a selection of their traditional ales and correlate the results with drinking experience of course. Since then I have been asked a number of times what is the viscosity of the ‘good old black stuff’ otherwise known as Guinness. I am not sure whether my colleagues think I have an extremely sensitive and well …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Meet the Experts, Raman spectroscopy, Tech Talk, Zetasizer »

[17 Dec 2014 | ]

I just got back from participating in the MRS (Materials Research Society) Fall Meeting, which was held in Boston, USA from Nov 30-Dec 5 2014. The MRS meetings are held twice a year and cover a very wide range of topics such as nanomaterials, nanostructured materials, electronic materials, soft matter, energy conversion/storage etc. Advances in materials characterization techniques are also presented and discussed quite extensively including new developments in the area of optofluidics, microfluidics, imaging and spectroscopy.
This year’s fall meeting was attended by several thousand participants and there were in …

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Inside Malvern Panalytical »

[7 Nov 2014 | ]

Boo!  Did you guys miss me?  It’s Kristen Wilkinson, your faithful Malvern Instruments reporter of all things fun and charitable over here in Malvern Americas HQ in blustery Westborough, Massachusetts.  Sorry for my blogging hiatus- this pesky thing called “marketing work” got in the way! 🙂
Last Friday was Halloween and you already know it’s one of our favorite holidays to represent in the office.  Last year we had a chili cook-off and this year we turned it into a stew cook-off.  I got last place (womp womp) in the chilli (something …

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Archimedes, Dynamic Light Scattering, Molecular weight, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis, Nanosight, Particle size, Resonant mass measurement, Tech Talk, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[5 Nov 2014 | ]

Having spent more than twenty years in the instrumentation arena and worked with a variety of different characterization techniques in lots of different application spaces, I have sometimes struggled to explain to my family what it is that I do. Particularly to my two young children who have never quite got the intricacies of nanomaterial characterization despite my attempts to stress the importance by referring to everyday products like computers and iPods that they take for granted.
So it was within this context that I found myself generating a presentation on the important and evolving sector of …

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Malvern Panalytical Events, Meet the Experts »

[30 Oct 2014 | ]

I was really honoured to receive a special award at the Powtech opening event this year for two decades of service on the event’s advisory committee.   It’s been a great experience to represent the exhibitors’ perspectives as the show has developed and grown, especially as I am the only person on the committee working with analytical instrumentation.  Throughout this post you can see photos taken at Powtech and other events in Germany during the past 20 years – can you spot anyone who you recognise?
Receiving the award got me thinking about how important events …

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Archimedes, Meet the Experts, Resonant mass measurement, Tech Talk »

[24 Sep 2014 | ]

There aren’t many things more pleasurable than a warm summer’s day in the Malvern Hills, but when you find out the mid-term meeting for your project is being held in Barcelona, it’s very difficult to be disappointed! Obviously Barcelona was an exciting prospect, but also being able to catch up with the UNION partners and see their progress in the last six months was something I was really looking forward to.
UNION is an EU funded project looking at developing nanoparticle assembly techniques and assembly monitoring technologies to prepare novel nanoclusters …

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Particle shape, Tech Talk »

[8 Jul 2014 | ]

I’ll believe it when I see it!
When we think about our perception of the world around us we are reliant on our senses. A common expression we use is “I’ll believe it when I see it”. This is an odd phrase as it suggests that there is only truth in what we can visibly see. However we have developed ways to be aware of the world which we can’t see.
We can extend our senses beyond what our eyes would ever be able to tell us. The sharpest eyes using the …

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