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Dynamic light scattering (DLS), sometimes referred to as Quasi-Elastic Light Scattering (QELS), is a non-invasive, well-established technique for measuring the size and size distribution of molecules and particles typically in the submicron region, and with the latest technology lower than 1nm. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) is often used to determine the size of particles in suspension and or polymers in a solution. We cover off a number of dynamic light scattering (DLS) articles here in our ever growing dynamic light scattering (DLS) blog category.

Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Dynamic Light Scattering, Electrophoretic light scattering, Empyrean, MicroCal, Nanosight, Particle concentration, Particle shape, Particle size, Tech Talk, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[24 Oct 2018 | ]

Liposomes have been attractive delivery systems for decades due to their composition of natural biological lipids and structural resemblance to cell membranes suggesting metabolic compatibility, low toxicity, biocompatibility and lack of a strong immune response1.  They are comprised of spherical vesicles with an aqueous core enclosed by one or more phospholipid bilayers or lamellae and are frequently classified based on their size, polydispersity, and number of bilayers2. Control over these parameters has remained a challenge with most preparation methods and is further accentuated when moving from a laboratory to industrial …

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Binding affinity and Kd, Chemical identification, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Dynamic Light Scattering, Electrophoretic light scattering, Elemental analysis, Elemental quantification, Empyrean, Epsilon, Image Analysis, Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, Laser Diffraction, Malvern Panalytical Events, Mastersizer, MicroCal, Microcalorimetry, Morphologi, Particle shape, Particle size, Tech Talk, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF), Zetasizer »

[19 Oct 2018 | ]

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.  The presentations addressed a number of topics of interest, from stability of formulations, trace phase and impurity detection, deformulation, root cause analysis, to optimizing small molecule candidate screening.  There were great questions from the audience, so we rounded up several questions and answers here to share.
How does the Mastersizer 3000 see …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Electrophoretic light scattering, Particle size, Tech Talk, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[15 Oct 2018 | ]

The new ZS Xplorer software is here!
Modern, flexible and different from the classic Zetasizer software, the novel ZS Xplorer interface was developed specifically for the latest generation of Zetasizer systems: the Zetasizer Pro and the Zetasizer Ultra. If you missed the launch, check out the exciting launch recording and Q&A session.
In order to help you easily adapt to the new interface, here are a few commonly encountered tips to help you become familiar with the entirely new software architecture. The main difference is that data are now saved in one …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Electrophoretic light scattering, Malvern Panalytical Events, Meet the Experts, Molecular size, Molecular weight, Particle size, Protein Aggregation, Protein Mobility, Static Light Scattering, Tech Talk, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[12 Oct 2018 | ]

Join us for the next User group meeting!
User Group Meeting Announcement 19 Oct 2018 1pm-4pm EDT

We are pleased to announce the first virtual Zetasizer User Meeting ZUM-1! This initiative is an effort to foster the diffusion of knowledge and experience between our support group and those researchers that regularly evaluate light scattering data from the Zetasizer. The Zetasizer Users Community is invited to present and share data with specific questions. Get live feedback from our panel of experts.
The meeting will be live-streamed via Webex and is limited to 3.0 hours. …

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Chemical identification, Corporate, Dynamic Light Scattering, Electrophoretic light scattering, Morphologi, Particle shape, Raman spectroscopy, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[20 Sep 2018 | ]

Guest blog written by Chris Langley, Senior Sector Manager at DCA Design International Ltd.
Malvern Panalytical in conjunction with DCA recently received two awards for the Morphologi (4 and 4ID) and Zetasizer (Ultra and Pro) at the prestigious Red Dot 2018 product design awards. The distinction ‘Red Dot‘ is recognized internationally as one of the most sought-after seals of quality for good design.
The Red Dot Award jury comprises some 40 experts from around the world, who discuss, evaluate and test every single entry, live and on site, in a process lasting several …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Electrophoretic light scattering, Malvern Panalytical Events, Particle size, Zetasizer »

[9 Aug 2018 | ]

Launching the latest Zetasizer in Mexico!
 
June was a special month at our Mexico City office. We held a specific launch party organized for the latest addition to our Zetasizer family of instruments – the Zetasizer Pro and the Zetasizer Ultra. One of the groundbreaking novelties in the new system is adaptive correlation, a new method to perform dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements, where rapid correlation functions are classified as being steady state or transient. Steady-state data sets describe particles that are consistently part of the measurement volume and hence characteristic of …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Malvern Panalytical Events, Molecular size, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis, Nanosight, Particle concentration, Zetasizer »

[7 Aug 2018 | ]

Workshop of the LOEWE Center for Translational Medicine and Pharmacology
20th September 2018
Campus Riedberg BIOLOGICUM, Lecture hall 1, -1.202
 
As market interest and investment in nanotechnology surges and the requirements for novel formulation strategies continues to grow, the industry is under pressure to provide a detailed characterization of subvisible particle species and their interactions with biological systems.
Formulation development and manufacture of biopharmaceuticals and nanomaterials are lengthy and complex processes with very specific analytical challenges. We know that in order to successfully deliver such therapies to market it is vital to reduce risk as …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Molecular size, Particle concentration, Particle size, Tech Talk, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[2 Aug 2018 | ]

 
Thanks to all who attended the launch webinar for Malvern Panalytical’s new Zetasizer systems, and special thanks to Mike Kaszuba for presenting a clear and interesting overview of the two instruments – we hope you all enjoyed it and found it interesting.

The launch of the Zetasizer Pro and Zetasizer Ultra received a great response and naturally, due to the innovations included in the new systems, lots of questions were sent to us both during and after the webinar. We’ve taken the opportunity to answer the most frequently-asked questions here, in …

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[17 Jul 2018 | ]

Severn Trent and Malvern Panalytical share award for the development of an online Zetasizer for fully automated coagulation control
Great news for the fans of zeta potential in water treatment! Zetasizer WT, the first commercial on-line zeta potential analyzer has been awarded a first place by the UK water industry in the category of “Most innovative use of existing technology”. The project titled “Online Zetasizer for fully automated coagulation control” is a collaboration between Severn Trent Water and Malvern Panalytical to enable a fully automatic control of coagulant dosing in a …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Tech Talk, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[10 Jul 2018 | ]

Dynamic light scattering (DLS) is widely used for ensemble characterization of hydrodynamic particle size, but I have a number of frustrations with the technique.
We measure our valuable samples in low concentrations and in very small volumes, so we use expensive, low volume, glass cells, which are optically superior to disposable plastic cuvettes, but we spend far too much time cleaning them, significantly reducing the productivity of our group.
Also, our samples range from monodisperse proteins to polymeric nanoparticles to liposomes, ranging from the nano-scale into the micro-scale and we need to …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Particle size, Tech Talk, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[28 Jun 2018 | ]

What causes the most headaches for a particle characterization scientist?
There are many answers to this question, but one of the most obvious is dust or contaminants! As someone who regularly uses Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) to measure particle size, the possibility of there being dust or contaminants in my sample is one of the things I always bear in mind.
The way I prepare my sample, the way I store my sample before measurement, remembering to put the measurement cap on the cuvette, but only after I’ve cleaned it using an …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Meet the Experts, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[14 Jun 2018 | ]

Have you ever tried to explain to someone that the large peak they can see in their dynamic light scattering data, that seems to dominate the size distribution by intensity – is actually only a very tiny part of the sample…and hardly ‘there’ at all?
This has happened to me on numerous occasions, and I always try to show the volume and number size distributions, illustrating how that peak disappears. However, there is often a lingering question hanging in the air: “But if we see it, then it’s there, right?”
In the …

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Binding affinity and Kd, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Dynamic Light Scattering, Gel permeation chromatography, Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, Label-free analysis, Malvern Panalytical Events, Meet the Experts, MicroCal, Microcalorimetry, Molecular size, OMNISEC, Protein Aggregation, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Taylor Dispersion Analysis, Viscosizer TD, Viscotek, Zetasizer »

[13 Jun 2018 | ]

The time is fast arriving for the third in our highly successful series of European MicroCal meetings! This year the meeting is organized by Malvern Panalytical alongside a Scientific Committee of expert users from academia and industry, all with the support of the ARBRE-MOBIEU network. Our venue will be the prestigious Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), within the historical Savoy Place, perched on the north bank of the River Thames, with spectacular views across London.
The event will focus on applications, best practice, advanced data analysis and all the latest developments in both isothermal …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Electrophoretic light scattering, Particle size, Tech Talk, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[31 May 2018 | ]

How good can a gold standard be?
 
When performing dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements, we sometimes encounter especially nice data. An interesting issue to consider is the level of data quality one can expect to achieve, under ideal circumstances, when all other interferences are minimized. This is especially relevant at the smaller nanoscale where fewer standards are available, and to those who have less practical experience with sizing colloidal nanoparticles by DLS. How monodisperse can a good sample be? What are achievable polydispersity index (PDI) values to aspire to?
What is the …

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Corporate, Dynamic Light Scattering, Electrophoretic light scattering, Molecular size, Molecular weight, Particle concentration, Particle size, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[23 May 2018 | ]

Where is the Zetasizer used?
 
For around two decades, the Zetasizer range has been the de facto standard for performing dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements on a wide range of particles and materials.
Today’s launch of the Zetasizer Pro and Zetasizer Ultra – which took place earlier today on May 23rd, 2018 – provides a good reason to summarize the key application areas for light scattering technology: both dynamic and electrophoretic! Where are these Zetasizers used? Where can we find them, in the real world?
Below is a list of key application focus areas:

Bioscience and biopharmaceuticals: …

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Customer experience, Dynamic Light Scattering, Molecular size, Particle size, Tech Talk, Zetasizer »

[15 May 2018 | ]

The peaks in your distribution are out of order?
We recently received an email about the order of peaks in the Zetasizer software:
For data evaluation, is it possible to rearrange the NNLS results by order of particle size populations?”
How the peaks are shown (by area)

Size measurement results are typically viewed in the Intensity PSD (M) tab. This is part of the standard Size and Summary workspaces.  When a record contains more than one peak, these results will be tabulated in the table above the intensity size distribution. The default ordering in …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Malvern Panalytical Events, Meet the Experts, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[15 Mar 2018 | ]

Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), sometimes referred to as Photon Correlation Spectroscopy or Quasi-Elastic Light Scattering, is a technique classically used for measuring the size of particles typically in the sub-micron region, dispersed in a liquid. The sensitivity of some modern systems is such that it can also now be used to measure the size of macromolecules in solution.
In this new webinar, I summarise how the technique works, what its size and concentration limits are and discuss its advantages and disadvantages.
This webinar was well-attended and I received several questions, I thought …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Gel permeation chromatography, Kinexus, Laser Diffraction, Malvern Panalytical Events, Meet the Experts, Molecular weight, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis, Nanosight, OMNISEC, Particle concentration, Particle size, Rheology, Rheometry, Tech Talk, Viscotek, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[30 Jan 2018 | ]

We will be attending Pittcon 2018 in Orlando, Florida Feb 26th – Mar 1st and once again we are pleased to feature a number of our recognized characterization experts who will be presenting a variety of short courses throughout the week.
Time is running out, so don’t miss out on the early bird deadline for discounted admission which ends on February 5th.
Below is a listing of our available short course offerings.
We look forward to seeing you in Orlando at one of our short courses and our Booths #2118 & #2119.
Monday, February 26th
Fundamentals of Particle …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Electrophoretic light scattering, Inside Malvern Panalytical, Zeta potential, Zetasizer »

[21 Dec 2017 | ]

On the 20th December 1977 (40 years ago) the Royal Radar and Signals Establishment (RRSE) and Malvern Instruments received the coveted MacRobert Award for the development of the Malvern Correlator.  This was fundamental to the development of Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (PCS) and the evolution of the Zetasizer product line. The MacRobert award is the UK’s longest-running and most prestigious national prize for engineering innovation. Other past winners include engineers behind innovations such as the Pegasus jet engine, catalytic converters, the roof of the Millennium Dome and intelligent prosthetic limbs.
The concept …

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Dynamic Light Scattering, Kinexus, Laser Diffraction, Mastersizer, Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis, Nanosight, Rheometry, Size Exclusion Chromatography, Tech Talk, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Zetasizer »

[5 Dec 2017 | ]

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 insight into the building of genomics studies of patients with rare diseases and cancers, an update on the appeal to get a state-of-the-art surgical robot for removal of prostate tumors (reducing discomfort, scarring and hospital stay post-operation). Jess Antley, head of WINN, also gave an update on a new shared space/collaboration …

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