Author Archives: Steve Ward-Smith


I'm the Key Account Manager at Malvern Instruments and have been since 2007. This involves working on a truly global basis with our multinational customers on both technical and business issues. Prior to this, I spent twelve years as the laser diffraction product specialist at Malvern. In all I've now been in materials characterization for close to twenty years, having discovered an interest in the field while studying Chemistry at Manchester University. As a result, I went on to take a Masters in Biomolecular Technology at Leicester University, focusing on macromolecular characterization techniques. This was followed by a PhD at Nottingham University where I looked at food emulsion structure using laser diffraction, zeta potential and rheology. Outside of work I enjoy cooking and walking, and I regularly perform Gilbert and Sullivan operettas on stage. I've also directed and choreographed, but am not a good dancer!

Published 22 Sep 2021

From field to plate – materials characterization for the food industry

Food scarcity, food safety, food adulteration, and food insecurity are significant problems globally. Add in climate change, land use patterns, and an ever-increasing population, and the food industry is continuously challenged to optimize its production processes, guaranteeing quality products that…READ MORE >

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Published 12 May 2021

Ask an Expert: Things I wish I knew about Laser Diffraction before writing my Thesis

Be more confident in the results you are using in your papers and theses, and get more from your Mastersizer. Get advice from the expert.

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Published 8 Apr 2021

Empowering students to share research

Here at Malvern Panalytical we’re passionate about nurturing the talents of the next generation of visionary thinkers and creative problem-solvers. That’s why we teamed up with the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Particle Characterisation Group (PCIG) to host The FORGE.    Held on 25 March, The FORGE was a…READ MORE >

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Published 15 Mar 2021

Forging Ahead in Pharmaceutical Formulations

Register now for The FORGE on 25 March for a full day of student-led research on the characterization of pharmaceutical formulations.

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Published 11 Feb 2021

The must-attend event for Pharmaceutical Formulation Scientists

The FORGE, on 25 March, is an opportunity to connect with the pharmaceutical formulation community in a safe and secure virtual environment.

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Published 15 Apr 2020

Droplet sizing of coughs and sneezes

I was recently thinking over the recent guidance on social distancing during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Advice from health professionals and Government advisors suggests a 2-meter distance is required to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, as it is unlikely…READ MORE >

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Published 14 Nov 2019

Focus on Food – The science behind the consumer food products we buy

Malvern Panalytical helps our customers across the world produce novel, healthy food products. From precision agriculture projects to the coating on your favorite candy, it takes the right set of tools and methods to achieve a quality consumer food product…READ MORE >

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Published 26 Sep 2019

Around the world in 80 particles – Birthday bubbles in China

Many of us celebrate significant birthdays often with friends and a glass of something bubbly. On my 50th birthday I will be doing this, but with a twist: I’m in China, the friends are the experts of the ISO Committee…READ MORE >

Published 5 Dec 2017

WINN – Innovation for pharmaceutical products

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…READ MORE >

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