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Electrophoretic Light Scattering (ELS) is a technique used to measure the electrophoretic mobility of particles in dispersion, or molecules in solution. This mobility is often converted to Zeta potential to enable comparison of materials under different experimental conditions. Electrophoretic light scattering (ELS) offers users fast testing of the electrophoretic mobility of particle.

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[15 Oct 2018 | ]

The new ZS Xplorer software is here!
Modern, flexible and different from the classic Zetasizer software, the novel ZS Xplorer interface was developed specifically for the latest generation of Zetasizer systems: the Zetasizer Pro and the Zetasizer Ultra. If you missed the launch, check out the exciting launch recording and Q&A session.
In order to help you easily adapt to the new interface, here are a few commonly encountered tips to help you become familiar with the entirely new software architecture. The main difference is that data are now saved in one …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Electrophoretic light scattering, Malvern Panalytical Events, Meet the Experts, Molecular size, Molecular weight, Particle size, Protein Aggregation, Protein Mobility, Static Light Scattering, Tech Talk, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[12 Oct 2018 | ]

Join us for the next User group meeting!
User Group Meeting Announcement 19 Oct 2018 1pm-4pm EDT

We are pleased to announce the first virtual Zetasizer User Meeting ZUM-1! This initiative is an effort to foster the diffusion of knowledge and experience between our support group and those researchers that regularly evaluate light scattering data from the Zetasizer. The Zetasizer Users Community is invited to present and share data with specific questions. Get live feedback from our panel of experts.
The meeting will be live-streamed via Webex and is limited to 3.0 hours. …

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[3 Oct 2018 | ]

Debye Screening – what is it?
 
In colloidal samples (and this spans the whole range from molecules in solution to particles in a dispersion) the movement of and forces between objects are often governed by the charge affecting neighbors. When we measure zeta potential (by electrophoretic light scattering), the determination of the effective charge of particles is really what is probed. In other words: zeta potential (or electrophoretic mobility) is a measure of how the charge of a particle/molecule is influencing the movement of another particle/molecule. The full potential as a …

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Chemical identification, Corporate, Dynamic Light Scattering, Electrophoretic light scattering, Morphologi, Particle shape, Raman spectroscopy, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[20 Sep 2018 | ]

Guest blog written by Chris Langley, Senior Sector Manager at DCA Design International Ltd.
Malvern Panalytical in conjunction with DCA recently received two awards for the Morphologi (4 and 4ID) and Zetasizer (Ultra and Pro) at the prestigious Red Dot 2018 product design awards. The distinction ‘Red Dot‘ is recognized internationally as one of the most sought-after seals of quality for good design.
The Red Dot Award jury comprises some 40 experts from around the world, who discuss, evaluate and test every single entry, live and on site, in a process lasting several …

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[5 Sep 2018 | ]

How can we obtain the applied field strength?
When performing electrophoretic light scattering (ELS) measurements, the sample is exposed to an externally applied electric field, and we observe the extra movement that the particles undergo as a result of the applied field with the changes in the phase difference between the un-scattered reference laser beam and the scattering from the particles. The electrophoretic mobility µ is the particle velocity v divided by the electric field strength E, where the field strength is the applied voltage over the distance between the electrodes [typically …

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[9 Aug 2018 | ]

Launching the latest Zetasizer in Mexico!
 
June was a special month at our Mexico City office. We held a specific launch party organized for the latest addition to our Zetasizer family of instruments – the Zetasizer Pro and the Zetasizer Ultra. One of the groundbreaking novelties in the new system is adaptive correlation, a new method to perform dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements, where rapid correlation functions are classified as being steady state or transient. Steady-state data sets describe particles that are consistently part of the measurement volume and hence characteristic of …

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Electrophoretic light scattering, Malvern Panalytical Events, Meet the Experts, Molecular size, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis, Nanosight, Particle concentration, Particle size, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[19 Jun 2018 | ]

I presented a new webinar focusing on “A basic introduction to Electrophoretic Light Scattering (ELS)“. In this presentation, I explained the importance of Zeta potential measurements for colloidal dispersions and how it is determined using ELS.
As you certainly know, Electrophoretic Light Scattering (ELS) is a technique used to measure the electrophoretic mobility of particles or molecules in solution. This measurement is used to determine Zeta potential, which is a measure of the electrostatic or charges repulsion/attraction between particles and is a predictor of emulsion and dispersion stability. Zeta potential is …

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[31 May 2018 | ]

How good can a gold standard be?
 
When performing dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements, we sometimes encounter especially nice data. An interesting issue to consider is the level of data quality one can expect to achieve, under ideal circumstances, when all other interferences are minimized. This is especially relevant at the smaller nanoscale where fewer standards are available, and to those who have less practical experience with sizing colloidal nanoparticles by DLS. How monodisperse can a good sample be? What are achievable polydispersity index (PDI) values to aspire to?
What is the …

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Corporate, Dynamic Light Scattering, Electrophoretic light scattering, Molecular size, Molecular weight, Particle concentration, Particle size, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[23 May 2018 | ]

Where is the Zetasizer used?
 
For around two decades, the Zetasizer range has been the de facto standard for performing dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements on a wide range of particles and materials.
Today’s launch of the Zetasizer Pro and Zetasizer Ultra – which took place earlier today on May 23rd, 2018 – provides a good reason to summarize the key application areas for light scattering technology: both dynamic and electrophoretic! Where are these Zetasizers used? Where can we find them, in the real world?
Below is a list of key application focus areas:

Bioscience and biopharmaceuticals: …

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[6 Mar 2018 | ]

Will the zeta potential of my vesicles vary in different buffers?
 

The short answer is: Yes, it will. In select cases, the value of the measured zeta potential may remain close to the same. However, that is the exception rather than the rule. This is no different for vesicles than for other nanoparticles, biomolecules, polyelectrolytes, etc.
How does zeta change with salt concentration?
The zeta potential of a colloidal particle in solution is a description of the overall effective net charge of the particle under the sample system conditions. Thus the effective net …

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[21 Dec 2017 | ]

On the 20th December 1977 (40 years ago) the Royal Radar and Signals Establishment (RRSE) and Malvern Instruments received the coveted MacRobert Award for the development of the Malvern Correlator.  This was fundamental to the development of Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (PCS) and the evolution of the Zetasizer product line. The MacRobert award is the UK’s longest-running and most prestigious national prize for engineering innovation. Other past winners include engineers behind innovations such as the Pegasus jet engine, catalytic converters, the roof of the Millennium Dome and intelligent prosthetic limbs.
The concept …

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[5 Sep 2017 | ]

Zetasizer: What is the zeta potential deviation?
 
The Malvern Zetasizer software report for zeta potential shows a parameter that is called Zeta deviation. This parameter is shown directly below the mean Zeta potential.

The mean zeta potential is derived from the fast field reversal (FFR) phase analysis light scattering (PALS) technique.
The fast field reversal provides a single number from the analysis. This single number is the mean zeta potential. The slow field reversal [also known as SFR] can be used to determine the zeta distribution, a distribution of different charge values from …

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[3 Aug 2017 | ]

Intralipid-Lipid emulsions

Lipid emulsions are administered intravenously for a variety of purposes:

To help feed patients with temporary difficulty in ingesting food orally
For better transport of lipophilic drugs (fat-friendly active ingredient (API) which is not soluble in water)
For controlled release of drugs (size related to uptake and retention)
To decreasing adverse reactions to drugs
To improve targeting of drugs
In emerging gene therapies for cellular and gene delivery, and personalized medicine

Control and understanding of colloidal properties – such as droplet size and zeta potential – enable the design and optimization of appropriately stable emulsions. The …

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[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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[25 May 2017 | ]

A challenge to all new Zetasizers!
 
The Zetasizer is so simple to use that the majority of Zetasizer (user)s just “dive in” and find out how to operate the system.
By design it is (almost) indestructable, so what can go wrong? Not much – nevertheless, you might be able to get even more use and benefit from your system with a little preparation.
 
Free eLearning video – really!
If you are relatively new to the Zetasizer then take a look at our free eLearning introductory course. It was meant as a teaser for the …

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[16 Mar 2017 | ]

Recently, I hosted a webinar which discussed what surface zeta potential is and how it can be measured. The webinar attracted huge interest and it was a pleasure to see so many people attending and asking some excellent questions. In fact, there were so many questions asked, that we ran out of time at the end of the webinar and had to answer many of them via e-mail. Some of these are listed below.
The webinar discussed the zeta potential of solid, planar surfaces (rather than colloidal dispersions or molecular solutions) …

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[12 Jan 2017 | ]

Electrophoretic mobility measurements from proteins: How to protect proteins in an electric field
 
What is the protein mobility mode?
When applying an electric field to a sample containing protein molecules, there are a few considerations to take into account to avoid “over-stressing” delicate biomolecules. The force a charged object experiences in an electric field is proportional to its charge times the electric field. Therefore the electric field strength (defined by the applied voltage divided by the distance between the electrodes, in V/cm) is more relevant than the absolute value of the applied …

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[20 Oct 2016 | ]

How can I save paper and print a Zetasizer report as a PDF?
 
Why print?
The Zetasizer software includes several popular report options. The most frequently used of these is probably the Intensity PSD (M), which gives a compact overview of the results. It lists the z-average and up to three peaks by intensity with their respective mean size, the area under the peak in % intensity and the standard deviation of the peak. In addition, several relevant sample identifiers and measurement conditions, like the sample name,  file name, refractive index of …

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[11 Oct 2016 | ]

Adjuvants for vaccination – How size and zeta may be relevant
 
What is an adjuvant?

Adjuvants are substances which are added to medicines to trigger and enhance an immune response to an antigen. In the USA, the most commonly-used adjuvant is alum, and many vaccines in use today contain some aluminum components to help the vaccine work better. While the exact mechanisms of how adjuvants work is unclear to some extent, a typical adjuvant component is much larger than the antigen or antibody itself, often around 100 nm in radius.
In a paper …

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[14 Jul 2016 | ]

Every once in a while, we get questions about older light scattering systems which predate the  Zetasizer Nano series. While it is great to hear that these are still in operation, it can also present us with some challenges.  For example, if the system or accessory is no longer in production, and this has been the case for a number of years, are we still able to support it?  On the plus side, we have lots of employees that have stayed with Malvern for more than a decade – some …

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