Author Archives: Katherine Macchiarola


Katherine Macchiarola is a Marketing Director at Malvern Panalytical in Westborough, MA, USA. In her 19 years with Malvern Panalytical she has held various roles, including X-ray diffraction (XRD) application specialist and product manager. She enjoys talking to customers about their research projects and challenges.

Published 19 Oct 2018

Overcoming Characterization Challenges in Drug Formulation – Q&A

On October 2, 2018, we held a seminar entitled “Overcoming Characterization Challenges in Drug Formulation” in the Boston area.  It was a great opportunity to meet with many pharmaceutical scientists in the area and learn about their challenges and concerns. …READ MORE >

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Published 11 Oct 2018

Teaching a person to fish – in the process chemistry lab

Of all the chemical processes in the fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries, cross-coupling reactions are among the most important.  This often involves platinum group metal (PGM) catalysts, which then must be separated from the product to avoid contamination of the…READ MORE >

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Published 18 Sep 2018

“What an intelligent machine” – a video testimonial for Aeris

In their own words, Louis C. Herring & Co. president Glenn Austin and lab supervisor David Fletcher talk about the recent addition of an Aeris X-ray diffractometer to their lab. The Aeris replaces a 1980’s vintage PW1840 benchtop X-Ray Diffraction…READ MORE >

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Published 24 May 2018

Laboratory PXRD systems can address pharmaceutical R&D challenges

Detection of trace polymorphs, determination of amorphous content, and the study of the stability of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) subjected to heat and humidity are some of the many applications where a modern powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) system can add…READ MORE >

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Published 17 May 2018

Monitoring the air we breathe

Outdoor air pollution can have many sources, both anthropogenic (power generation, vehicle emissions, industrial and agricultural emissions, etc.) and natural, for instance, volcanic eruption, wind erosion or wildfires.  A key area of concern is the Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM), which…READ MORE >

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Published 20 Feb 2018

Pittcon 2018 – 7 reasons to attend

This year will be the 19th Pittcon in a row that I have attended (there should be an award for that, right?). Actually, Malvern Panalytical did receive an award from Pittcon 11 years ago for our then 50th anniversary of…READ MORE >

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Published 12 Dec 2017

Addressing the unique challenges of mining

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…READ MORE >

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Published 9 Nov 2017

Generations of Malvern Panalytical benchtop XRD systems at Louis C. Herring Laboratory

I recently had the pleasure to visit a new Aeris customer in Orlando, FL – Louis C. Herring Laboratory. This service lab has been in business for over 60 years, specializing in the analysis of kidney stones, also known as…READ MORE >

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Published 10 Aug 2017

Key factors when considering a benchtop X-ray diffractometer

Having managed X-ray diffraction labs at previous jobs and in grad school, we know that there are a number of factors to consider when the time comes to add or replace an X-ray diffraction (XRD) system in your lab. Benchtop…READ MORE >

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