Everyone has to start somewhere, right?  Here at Malvern we know that it’s important to understand the basics, to make sure you can walk before you run.  When we review information about what educational content has been downloaded most from our resource center, you can guarantee that the entry level materials are at the top of the list.

So here we have gathered together a pretty comprehensive list of the basic & introductory resources for all manner of materials characterization techniques, ready for you to peruse at your leisure whether you are an absolute beginner or just need a refresher.  All of these resources are free to access, you just need to register on the Malvern website, if you haven’t already. Pick and choose what interests you, or make your way through the whole lot.  And when you’re ready to take the next step, browse our huge resource center for content focused on your particular application.

If you’re stuck and need some help, don’t forget you can contact our Helpdesk, Tweet us your questions, or reach out to other users in the Malvern Instruments & NanoSight Linkedin groups.

Particle Characterization


Whitepaper – A basic guide to particle characterization


Particle Size


Application Note – Basic principles of particle size analysis

Recorded Masterclass – Particle Size Part 1: the basics

Recorded Masterclass – Particle Size Part 2: which technique is best for me?

Recorded Masterclass – Particle Size Part 3: method development


Process Analytical Technology (PAT)


Recorded Webinar – In line particle sizing and PAT – An introduction


Laser Diffraction


Recorded Masterclass – Part 1: Laser Diffraction Explained

Recorded Masterclass – Part 2: Developing wet or liquid dispersion methods using laser diffraction

Recorded Masterclass – Part 3: Developing dry powder dispersion methods using laser diffraction

Recorded Masterclass – Part 4: Optical properties for laser diffraction

Recorded Masterclass – Part 5: Setting particle size specifications

Recorded Masterclass – Part 6: Troubleshooting for particle size measurements

Recorded Webinar – Characterizing sprays with laser diffraction



particle shape

Recorded Masterclass – Imaging Part 1: Understanding the application of automated analytical imaging for particle size and particle shape analysis

Recorded Masterclass – Imaging Part 2: Sample preparation techniques for particle size and shape measurements


Dynamic Light Scattering

light scatter

Technical Note – Dynamic Light Scattering: An Introduction in 30 Minutes

Whitepaper – Dynamic light scattering – common terms defined

Technical Note – Zeta potential – An introduction in 30 minutes

Whitepaper – An Introduction to DLS Microrheology


Size Exclusion & Gel Permeation Chromatography


Whitepaper – Static Light Scattering technologies for GPC – SEC explained

Recorded Webinar – Introduction to Gel Permeation Chromatography

Recorded Webinar – Understanding Size-exclusion Chromatography Basics: Choosing the Correct Columns and Detectors


Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis

nanoparticle tracking analysis

Recorded Webinar – What Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis adds to the characterization toolbox

eBook – Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis – the first 1,000 applications

Video – NanoSight in 90 secs video




Recorded Masterclass –  Rheology Part 1 – The basics of viscosity

Recorded Masterclass – Rheology Part 2 – The basics of viscoelasticity

Recorded Webinar –  An introduction to capillary rheometry – Evaluating material properties under process relevant conditions




Whitepaper – Differential Scanning Calorimetry: Theory and practice

Video – Principles of isothermal titration calorimetry

Whitepaper – Addressing the needs of drug discovery with the MicroCal PEAQ-ITC instruments

Recorded Webinar –Microcalorimetry as a tool for structural biology

Recorded Webinar –The microcalorimetry of nanoparticles


Resonant Mass Measurement


Technical Note – Resonant Mass Measurement: Characterizing Biopharmaceutical Formulations using Archimedes

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