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Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC or SEC-HPLC) is an analytical technique that separates dissolved macromolecules by size based on their elution from columns filled with a porous gel.

Gel permeation chromatography, Molecular structure, Molecular weight, OMNISEC, Size Exclusion Chromatography »

[12 Sep 2018 | ]

When thinking about a reason to purchase a particular piece of scientific equipment, you want to know not only that you are getting the best piece of kit, but also that you’ll be maximizing the return on your investment.  Manufacturers like Malvern Panalytical can add value to their products in a variety of ways, and one is the support and materials you’ll get to help you make the most of your purchase.  In this blog, I want to tell you about the additional benefits and added value that you’ll receive …

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Gel permeation chromatography, Molecular structure, Molecular weight, OMNISEC, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Tech Talk »

[22 Aug 2018 | ]

The most common detector in any GPC/SEC instrument is a refractive index (RI) detector.  There are multiple reasons for this, but the most important is because the difference in refractive index between that of a sample solution and that of the same solvent without a sample is directly proportional to the concentration of the sample.  This is why RI detectors are referred to as concentration detectors.  (It should be noted that UV-Vis detectors are also concentration detectors, but require the sample has a chromophore and absorbs light at a detectable …

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Gel permeation chromatography, OMNISEC, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Viscotek »

[24 Jul 2018 | ]

If you’ve ever analyzed GPC/SEC data collected on your OMNISEC or TDA 305 instrument that included a viscometer detector, you might have observed and wondered about a negative peak that elutes in the viscometer signal long after the sample peak.  This peak is normal and expected, and the following information will hopefully help you understand why it exists.
To start, we need to discuss the basics of the viscometer detector’s design.  The viscometer detector is comprised of four capillaries, a delay column, and two transducers (DP and IP) arranged in the …

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Gel permeation chromatography, Molecular weight, OMNISEC, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Tech Talk »

[12 Jul 2018 | ]

To many people, obtaining molecular weight information from GPC/SEC analysis involves a lengthy calibration process.  A series of standards of known molecular weight are analyzed and a calibration curve based on the standards’ retention volume is generated.  This can be a tedious procedure, and the result is only relative molecular weight data.
The inclusion of a light scattering detector in a GPC/SEC system eliminates the need to run a series of standards to generate a calibration curve, as the sample’s molecular weight is measured directly by the light scattering detector.  This …

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Binding affinity and Kd, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Dynamic Light Scattering, Gel permeation chromatography, Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, Label-free analysis, Malvern Panalytical Events, Meet the Experts, MicroCal, Microcalorimetry, Molecular size, OMNISEC, Protein Aggregation, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Taylor Dispersion Analysis, Viscosizer TD, Viscotek, Zetasizer »

[13 Jun 2018 | ]

The time is fast arriving for the third in our highly successful series of European MicroCal meetings! This year the meeting is organized by Malvern Panalytical alongside a Scientific Committee of expert users from academia and industry, all with the support of the ARBRE-MOBIEU network. Our venue will be the prestigious Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), within the historical Savoy Place, perched on the north bank of the River Thames, with spectacular views across London.
The event will focus on applications, best practice, advanced data analysis and all the latest developments in both isothermal …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Kinexus, Laser Diffraction, Mastersizer, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis, Nanosight, Rheometry, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Tech Talk, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Zetasizer »

[5 Dec 2017 | ]

It was my great pleasure to present as part of the Worcestershire Innovation Network at their WINN Wednesday event on the 22nd of November, showcasing the best in innovation across Worcestershire.
This included a local company which makes artificial kneecaps and hips, an insight into the building of genomics studies of patients with rare diseases and cancers, an update on the appeal to get a state-of-the-art surgical robot for removal of prostate tumors (reducing discomfort, scarring and hospital stay post-operation). Jess Antley, head of WINN, also gave an update on a new shared space/collaboration …

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Archimedes, Binding affinity and Kd, Chemical identification, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Dynamic Light Scattering, Gel permeation chromatography, Image Analysis, Label-free analysis, MicroCal, Microcalorimetry, Morphologi, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis, Nanosight, Particle concentration, Particle shape, Particle size, Protein Aggregation, Raman spectroscopy, Resonant mass measurement, Rheology, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Taylor Dispersion Analysis, Tech Talk, Viscosizer TD, Viscotek, Zetasizer »

[21 Sep 2017 | ]

I know this sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but in this case, it was actually the beginning of the 2017 Colorado Protein Stability Conference, held in July at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado. In attendance was a range of scientists and researchers from all over the world, with one common subject in mind: Protein Stability.

One of the highlights of this conference was the pre-conference workshop. This was a free workshop for all attendees of the conference, which was sponsored by Malvern Panalytical. The workshop included a range …

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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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Gel permeation chromatography, Molecular weight, OMNISEC, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Tech Talk »

[23 Feb 2017 | ]

Recently, I’ve presented a new webinar focusing on the protein characterization using the OMNISEC, the highest quality Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) / Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) system for the measurement of absolute molecular weight, molecular size, intrinsic viscosity, branching and other parameters. Thank you to all participants for your interest and attention during the webinar.
In this webinar, I highlighted the key features and benefits of the OMNISEC system. How to run samples and analyze data and how to access repeatability of multiple sample measurements.

As usual, after the live section of …

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Binding affinity and Kd, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Dynamic Light Scattering, Français, Gel permeation chromatography, Image Analysis, Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, Laser Diffraction, Meet the Experts, Molecular size, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis, Particle concentration, Particle size, Rheology, Rheometry, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Static Light Scattering, Zeta potential »

[21 Feb 2017 | ]

Afin de vous apporter un support concret pour utiliser votre système de façon optimale, finaliser vos bonnes pratiques de laboratoire et répondre à vos besoins spécifiques, Malvern organise des formations sur site ou en sessions dans nos 3 agences françaises (Orsay, Lyon et Toulouse).
Voici les dates de toutes les sessions programmées pour 2017 :
CARACTERISATION DES PARTICULES PAR DIFFRACTION LASER
Objectifs : Perfectionner les méthodes de caractérisation des particules en voie sèche et liquide, définir les bonnes pratiques de laboratoire et s’adapter aux besoins spécifiques de chaque installation. Comprendre le principe physique …

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Gel permeation chromatography, Malvern Panalytical Events, OMNISEC, Size Exclusion Chromatography »

[7 Feb 2017 | ]

Last year we asked you to tell us about your most interesting or challenging Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) / Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) sample and why it presented such a challenge. For instance, if you’ve made two polymers which should be different but you can’t tell apart; or have polymers that are so small you don’t have the sensitivity to measure accurately.
The top 3 submissions that presented the biggest challenge to our new OMNISEC advanced GPC/SEC system would be awarded with a full sample analysis along with a prize of …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Gel permeation chromatography, Malvern Panalytical Events, Meet the Experts, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Zeta potential »

[26 Jan 2017 | ]

We will be attending Pittcon 2017 in Chicago, Illinois March 5th – 9th and once again we are pleased to feature a number of our recognized characterization experts who will be presenting a variety of short courses throughout the week.
Time is running out, so don’t miss out on the early bird deadline for discounted admission which ends on February 18th.
Below is a listing of our available short course offerings.
We look forward to seeing you in Chicago at one of our short courses and our Booth #2416.
Sunday, March 5, 2017 – 8:30 AM
Light Scattering …

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Gel permeation chromatography, Malvern Panalytical Events, Molecular size, Molecular weight, OMNISEC, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Viscotek »

[8 Dec 2016 | ]

Version Française
The French symposium of the French Group of Studies and Applications of Polymers (GFP) is the major French congress of polymers.
The 45th edition took place recently in Marseille under the bold architecture of the Villa Méditerranée, designed by Stefano Boeri, a committed actor of the Italian political and cultural scene.

During this conference, we presented the benefits of Viscotek SEC MALS 20.
The SEC-MALS 20 multi-angle light scattering detector  can be used on all GPC / SEC systems and especially Malvern’s latest OMNISEC range. The 20 signals of the SEC-MALS detectors connected …

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Français, Gel permeation chromatography, Malvern Panalytical Events, Molecular size, Molecular weight, OMNISEC, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Viscotek »

[8 Dec 2016 | ]

English version
Le colloque national du Groupe Français d’études et d’applications des Polymères (GFP) est le congrès français majeur des polymères.
La 45ème édition s’est déroulée récemment à Marseille sous l’architecture audacieuse de la Villa Méditerranée, conçue par Stefano Boeri, acteur engagé de la scène politique et culturelle italienne.

Durant ce congrès, nous avons présenté les avantages du Viscotek SEC MALS 20.
Le détecteur de diffusion de lumière multi-angle Viscotek SEC-MALS 20 peut être utilisé sur tous les systèmes de GPC/SEC et notamment sur le dernier OMNISEC de la gamme Malvern. Les signaux des 20 détecteurs du SEC-MALS …

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Gel permeation chromatography, Malvern Panalytical Events, Meet the Experts, Molecular weight, OMNISEC, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Tech Talk, Viscotek »

[13 Sep 2016 | ]

Together with Sysmex, our distributor in Benelux, we are proud to be Gold Sponsors of the International Symposium on GPC/SEC and Related Techniques, taking place from 26-29th September in Amsterdam.
One of our technical experts, John Stenson, is looking forward to presenting some exciting new data in his talk “Combining multi-detector GPC measurements with ultra-high pressure GPC separations” at 3:30 pm on Wednesday 28th September, and says:
“This presentation will discuss the issues related to dispersion and how these can be minimized. We will then show the first high quality data from a combined multi-detector/ UPLC™ …

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Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, Meet the Experts, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis, Rheometry, Size Exclusion Chromatography »

[5 Apr 2016 | ]

How time flies! Spring is here already! Just for you I have collated the latest list of our On Demand webinars. Just click and choose your favorite subject.
I also listed all our upcoming webinars for April. You can register for free and if you can’t attend, we’ll send you the recording few days after the live event so don’t hesitate, click now!
 
March On Demand webinars:

How Size Exclusion Chromatography can improve processes and quality in biopharmaceutical development
Applications of light scattering in pharmaceutical development
Interpretación de resultados de tamaño de partícula por la técnica de difracción …

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MicroCal, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Tech Talk »

[16 Feb 2016 | ]

Malvern is offering a two-day course designed to deliver comprehensive knowledge of Malvern’s Viscotek GPC/SEC technologies.
The course will be held in Malvern’s Houston, Texas facility from April 13-14, 2016 and will cover the theory behind the advanced detection options of Malvern’s GPC/SEC instruments, as well as a thorough presentation of the OmniSEC software (version 5.12 and lower). This ensures that users will leave the course with an understanding of all of the hardware and the software that their sample interacts with, and how to extract the most information from their …

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Gel permeation chromatography, Malvern Panalytical Events, Meet the Experts, OMNISEC, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Viscotek »

[1 Sep 2015 | ]

Malvern is offering a two-day course designed to deliver comprehensive knowledge of Malvern’s Viscotek GPC/SEC technologies. The course will be held in Malvern’s Houston, Texas facility from October 21-22, 2015 and will cover the theory behind the advanced detection options of Malvern’s GPC/SEC instruments, as well as a thorough presentation of the OmniSEC software. This ensures that users will leave the course with an understanding of all of the hardware and the software that their sample interacts with, and how to extract the most information from their sample.
Topics covered in …

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Molecular weight, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Static Light Scattering, Viscotek »

[6 Aug 2015 | ]

Looking over an old powerpoint file from Viscotek, an interesting slide on a unique application stood out. Investigating samples of the 20S Proteasome by light scattering in conjunction with refractive index RI was able to clearly determine whether a particular sample contained ‘filled or empty’ proteasomes.
In that case, both the empty and the loaded proteasome showed an RI peak at the same elution volume. Thus with conventional calibration, one would have had to conclude that these samples had the same molecular weight. However light scattering revealed that the filled …

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Gel permeation chromatography, Molecular size, Molecular structure, Molecular weight, OMNISEC, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Tech Talk »

[14 Jul 2015 | ]

Multi-detector SEC – 10 reasons why protein scientists need one
In a previous post I listed the top ten reasons why a polymer characterization scientist might want to upgrade to multi-detector Gel Permeation Chromatography/Size Exclusion Chromatography, but there are similar points to be made as to why a protein characterization scientist might do the same.  We often focus on the benefits of our own systems but sometimes we may miss the benefits of the basic technique.
If you are a protein characterization scientist and you find yourself thinking, “My UV detector works …

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