Author Archives: Robert Taylor


Published 16 Apr 2021

Ask an Expert: Automated image analysis

The traditional approach for particle characterization is to use manual microscopy, but this technique is both labor-intensive and operator-dependent. Automated imaging is a more efficient alternative, a much faster way of gathering more statistically relevant data. Over the last decade,…READ MORE >

Published 4 Mar 2021

Supporting the Supply Chain of Vaccines and Other Injectables through Quality and Risk Assessment

The end is nigh! Or so we hope for the Covid-19 pandemic. The cavalry horns of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Sputnik and more, are sounding, and the world awaits the changing of the tide. Yes, the vaccines are here to the…READ MORE >

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Published 24 Nov 2020

Back to the Future (of Electric Vehicles) – 1985

No, not the eponymous film production but a rather eccentric electric vehicle – the Sinclair C5. Ok, it was an unmitigated commercial disaster. But Sinclair was trying to make use of the considerable technical and environmental benefits of an electric…READ MORE >

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Published 29 Jul 2020

Around the (world) home in 80 particles – Gardening

it takes a period of social distancing to turn my attention to the garden. But with garden centres closed, what materials science skills can I draw upon?

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Published 7 Jul 2020

Characterizing the particle size and shape of metal powders for additive layer manufacturing

Additive Layer Manufacturing of metal parts is, in my opinion, an incredible feat of engineering. Using high precision electron beams or lasers, moving at high speeds, to selectively melt layer-upon-layer of metal, 10’s of microns thick. This technique has the…READ MORE >

Published 10 Dec 2019

Around the world in 80 particles – Remember, Remember the Fifth of November…

… gunpowder, treason and plot!” Like many nursery rhymes in the UK, this is a glib ditty of pain, suffering, and death! If you’re born with a British sense of humor, the only logical consequence of a failed assassination attempt…READ MORE >

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