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CNA, Meet the Experts, Pulsed Fast Thermal Neutron Activation (PFTNA), X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF), Zetium »

[12 Dec 2017 | ]

A while ago I attended the mining conference Exponor in Antofagasta, Chile and found it to be an immense, mostly open-air display and the technical program aimed at keeping the South American mines informed of the latest solutions for all aspects of their industry. In and amongst the huge mining machinery and vendors of everything – from dust masks to helicopters – was Malvern Panalytical. One trend did emerge from the people we did get to talk to at this event – a common theme of looking for ways to improve efficiency. This …

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ASD, Ground truthing, Image Analysis, Meet the Experts, Near-InfraRed spectroscopy (NIR), Remote sensing »

[30 Nov 2017 | ]

The ASD FieldSpec 4 Hi-Res NG provides enhanced spectral resolution to support accurate calibration and image classification analysis.
Higher resolution hyperspectral sensors yield greater precision for remote sensing classification applications, producing more information from every pixel generated in an image than ever before. In order to take advantage of the full potential of these sensors, measurements from ground-based instrumentation need to meet or exceed the sensor’s spectral resolution. In the absence of this resolution equality, data are interpolated during post-processing; as a result, vital spectral information can be smoothed and lost.
The enhanced spectral resolution …

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Epsilon, Meet the Experts, X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) »

[21 Nov 2017 | ]

Whether it is for mineral exploration or mining waste analysis, there is a time lapse between bringing samples back to the laboratory, analysis and making decisions in the field.
Increasingly, governments are focusing on protecting the environment. Companies can be charged with hefty environmental fines. Minimise your company’s risk through quick analysis of undesirable environmental waste elements.
Imagine if you could have the flexibility to react quickly by analyzing samples while traveling between mine sites. Here’s a tip on how to set up a mobile lab in your car with the Epsilon …

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

[15 Nov 2017 | ]

Le Salon des technologies des solides et liquides en vrac

Nous serons présents sur le Salon Vrac Tech du 28 au 30 novembre 2017 – Hall C – Stand A19.
Vous pourrez découvrir nos granulomètres laser pour contrôler vos procédés de fabrication de poudres jusqu’à 1 mm et des sondes pour mesurer des granulés en ligne jusqu’à 6 mm. En effet, le contrôle des procédés de broyage intéresse et concerne de plus en plus d’usines de l’industrie alimentaire.
Rejoignez nous et demandez votre badge!
Informations pratiques :
Parc des Expositions du Mans
1, Avenue du Parc des Expositions
72100 Le Mans
Coordonnées …

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Binding affinity and Kd, Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, Meet the Experts, MicroCal, Microcalorimetry »

[12 Oct 2017 | ]

Isothermal Titration Calorimetry
Molecular recognition is key in all biological processes and cellular responses. It is critical to characterize the structural and thermodynamic forces behind the recognition and specificity of macromolecular interactions in order to understand the molecular events in a cell. Several biophysical techniques (including fluorescence, circular dichroism, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, surface plasmon resonance, and microscale thermophoresis) are used to characterize non-covalent molecular interactions.
Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) has become a popular and versatile bioanalytical method for the direct measurement of binding affinity between interacting molecules.  ITC instruments were …

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Insitec, Laser Diffraction, Mastersizer, Meet the Experts, Particle size »

[5 Oct 2017 | ]

The heavy cost of mining and minerals manufacturing
The importance of minerals as a production resource applies to many facets of our daily lives. For instance, the quality of concrete determines the smoothness of a road surface and the sturdiness of a building. However, with the ever-growing demands for quality cement, many have spurred manufacturing processes leading to hefty costs. Such costs incurred comes from wastage when having to reproduce cement because it does not meet the quality standard.
Based on a mechanical and civil engineering study, 6-15% of construction costs …

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

[7 Sep 2017 | ]

Standing at just under 3800 m tall with its distinctive symmetrical cone-shaped peak, the majestic Mount Fuji, or Fujisan (富士山) as it is known locally, is one of the most iconic symbols of Japan.
Therefore, it seemed only appropriate that whilst on secondment in Malvern’s Tokyo application lab, I should attempt to reach the summit of this famous volcano and, in something of a cliché, watch the sunrise from the highest peak in the Land of the Rising Sun.
There is only a short window each year in which one is permitted …

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Malvern Panalytical Events, Meet the Experts »

[29 Aug 2017 | ]

Malvern Webinars

As our webinars are so popular, we decided to include the Q&A for some of them. You can easily access them in the list of On Demand webinars. Stay tune in our blog as more webinars Q&A are on their way!
Here is full list of our 2017 Malvern Panalytical webinars that have been presented so far this year
September

Technical and operational challenges to pharmaceutical Continuous Manufacturing (CM) implementation
Quality control of purified proteins: a critical key to success
Rheology of Soft Matter – Gels and Soft Glass Transition

August

Best practices in rotational rheometry: Choosing the right …

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Meet the Experts, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis, Nanosight, Particle concentration »

[24 Aug 2017 | ]

I recently presented a webinar titled “Basic Principles of Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis: Size, Concentration and Speciation with Single-Particle Resolution”. We got such a good turnout that we were not able to address the numerous questions asked during the event.
Thank you for the participation!

Since there was such strong interest, we have provided the following list of questions and answers to benefit all who are interested.
Q: In DLS also we can get lognormal number distribution. How is the NTA number distribution different?
NTA yields a number weighted distribution because it is a particle …

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Electrophoretic light scattering, Meet the Experts, Protein Mobility, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[27 Jul 2017 | ]

Nanomaterial isoelectric points IEPs
 
In a recent webinar presented by Ana Morfesis titled “Characterizing the zeta potential & Isoelectric Point of Nanomaterials” we got such a good turnout that we were not able to address the numerous questions asked during the event.
Thank you for the participation!
Since there was such strong interest, we have provided the following list of questions and answers to benefit all who are interested.  We have also provided a table of common metal oxide IEPs, as shown to the left.
 
 
For those who were not able to attend the live event, the session was recorded and is …

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Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Dynamic Light Scattering, Meet the Experts, MicroCal, Molecular size, Molecular weight, OMNISEC, Particle concentration, Protein Aggregation, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Taylor Dispersion Analysis, Zetasizer »

[18 Jul 2017 | ]

Monoclonal Antibodies – or mAbs for short

Since many of these mAbs require refrigeration we had used dynamic light scattering (with a Zetasizer) to show the formation of aggregates after freeze-thaw cycles (for details see application note “Effect of storage conditions on Immunoglobulin“). These could be seen both in the increased polydispersity index (PDI) and the appearance of a large-size aggregate peak in the intensity size distribution as shown to the right. The area under the peak gives an indication of the presence of the large aggregates but is not suited for …

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Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Meet the Experts, MicroCal, Microcalorimetry »

[4 Jul 2017 | ]

Protein Antigens and DSC

This blog highlights two recent articles that focus on the use of a MicroCal Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) system.
Differential Scanning Calorimetry – A Method for Assessing the Thermal Stability and Conformation of Protein Antigen
I.B. Duruwoju, K.M. Bhandal, J. Hu, B. Carpick, and M. Kirkitadze
Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), Issue 121, e55262, doi:10.3791/55262 (2017)
The authors (from Sanofi Pasteur in Toronto, Canada), provide a detailed protocol to perform Differential Scanning Calorimetry experiments on an automated DSC, such as a MicroCal VP-Capillary DSC system from Malvern Instruments.  This piece is a JoVE …

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Kinexus, Meet the Experts, Rheology, Rheometry »

[27 Jun 2017 | ]

Last year I went on a rheology tour!! I gave 12 talks in 10 days in 7 locations around Australia and New Zealand, talking primarily about suspension rheology and how particle characteristics such as particle size and shape affect rheology.
I spoke about the stability of suspensions and the factor to consider when assessing suspension stability but another major focus was the viscoelastic properties of materials.
Viscoelasticity: A material that possesses both liquid and solid-like properties which may change depending on how we handle and treat it.
One great example of a viscoelastic material is pitch, asphalt or bitumen …

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Customer experience, Dynamic Light Scattering, Meet the Experts, Particle size, Zetasizer »

[20 Jun 2017 | ]

Three methods to verify dynamic light scattering systems
If you are a meticulous researcher you may want to test your new Zetasizer. Is it really providing the correct size? One of the advantages of dynamic light scattering is that there are no tweakable adjustments, it is all physics: laser wave length, scattering angle, refractive index of the dispersant are all known in advance and are given parameters for the optical setup and sample. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to check and verify the performance of the system. One of the …

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Laser Diffraction, Mastersizer, Meet the Experts, Particle size, Tech Talk »

[13 Jun 2017 | ]

I recently presented a webinar exploring the practical aspects of sieving method – the advantages and disadvantages.  I compared the method to other techniques such as laser diffraction indicating the increased wealth of information that can be obtained with these more modern instrumental techniques and the common pitfalls and assumptions of the screening technique.
More than 800 of you registered for the webinar and I received a large numbers of interesting questions which I have been working steadily through. I thought it would be a good idea to share the questions and answers via the blog, so here they …

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Meet the Experts, Particle size, Tech Talk »

[30 May 2017 | ]

On April 26th, 2017, I had the great pleasure of being invited to talk as part of the very first Malvern TEDx evening, held at the Coachhouse Theatre in Great Malvern.  It was a really enjoyable event, and the talks are now on YouTube for you all to view!

I gave a top-level overview of how so many of the products and devices we consume or encounter on a daily basis are specifically designed by chemists and other scientists, so that they work the way we need or want them to. From …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Meet the Experts, Taylor Dispersion Analysis, Tech Talk, Viscosizer TD, Zetasizer »

[18 May 2017 | ]

Matt McGann and I will be representing Malvern at the upcoming annual UD Biophysical Characterization Workshop, sponsored by CBST (Center for Biomanufacturing Science & Technology), BITC (Biomolecular Interaction Technologies Center), and the University of Delaware, on June 6, 2017, hosted by Professor Christopher Roberts.
This year’s workshop will consist of three days of short courses and small-group demonstrations of the principles and commercial technologies for characterization of protein solutions and related colloidal systems, focusing specifically on static and dynamic light scattering, electrophoresis (DLS, ELS), and Taylor Dispersion Analysis (TDA).
Matt has been …

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Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, Meet the Experts, MicroCal, Microcalorimetry »

[11 May 2017 | ]

In September 2016 Malvern Instruments co-organized a European MicroCal meeting with Institut Pasteur and ARBRE European molecular biophysics network. The meeting was very successful and sparked animated discussions during scientific presentations, panel and poster sessions and interactive workshops.  A key focus was on best practice for experimental design and data analysis to ensure high-quality data and informed decisions that help drive scientific projects forward.
In two days, together with more than 120 participants from 19 countries, we covered a wide range of topics, from interaction and kinetic analysis with ITC to …

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Kinexus, Meet the Experts, Rheology, Rheometry »

[9 May 2017 | ]

Controlling the performance of an ink is a complex optimization challenge. Understanding how features of the system, the dispersed particle size in particular, impact stability and behavior during each stage of the printing process is crucial for effective formulation.
Over the past 30 years, the use of commercial and industrial inks has changed substantially. In particular, the maturation of inkjet technology has revolutionized printing. From office printers through to industrial coding and marking systems, inks are now required to meet demanding performance targets, for a wide range of different applications.
Inks are …

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