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 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 19 Aug 2018

Focus on Food – Chocolate

Does an expensive bar of chocolate taste better? Why does white chocolate taste greasy? Is all chocolate the same the world over? For those in the industry, how can consistent monitoring of particle size save you a fortune? This webinar…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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Published 30 May 2017

The inaugural Malvern TEDx evening!

On April 26th, 2017, I had the great pleasure of being invited to talk as part of the very first Malvern TEDx evening, held at the Coachhouse Theatre in Great Malvern.  It was a really enjoyable event, and the talks…READ MORE >

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