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17.01.2017

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Viscosity flow curve

Why measure a viscosity flow curve, rather than just give a number?   Very often chemists are asked to provide a single viscosity value for a product or formulation without much information about the required conditions of the measurement.  For an oil or low viscosity liqui...

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12.01.2017

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Electrophoretic Mobility – Tips for proteins

Electrophoretic mobility measurements from proteins: How to protect proteins in an electric field   What is the protein mobility mode? When applying an electric field to a sample containing protein molecules, there are a few considerations to take into account to avoid ̶...

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10.01.2017

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Customer Spotlight: How Malvern Instruments helped KBI Biopharma find a clear commercial advantage

At Malvern, we love hearing stories from our customers about how they use our technologies to help them better understand and control their products. From time to time we are going to share some of these stories in a feature we have entitled “Customer Spotlight”. Our very first C...

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05.01.2017

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Malvern Webinar Milestone

Malvern was one of the first companies of its kind to recognize the value webinars play in providing customers and prospects with a medium for engaging, educational content that could be watched live or at a later date through the recording. We are very pleased recognize a major ...

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03.01.2017

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Starting a new partnership: Case Western Reserve University

One of the best parts of a job as a Product Manager of Technical Specialist is the continual learning that comes from customer interactions, relationships and collaborations. Visiting a new lab, learning about new areas of research and helping to guide measurements with real mean...

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29.12.2016

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When does the extinction coefficient, Qext reach 2.00?

In light scattering theories and approximations, we assume that for large particles the extinction coefficient, Qext, is exactly 2. This is the basis of the Fraunhofer approximation meaning that one unit of light is lost from the shadow of the particle and one unit of light by di...

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27.12.2016

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What is a virus?

How to measure it with DLS? What virus concentration is needed for reliable DLS size measurements?   What is a virus? In cell biology, a virus is a self assembly of organic molecules (mainly proteins) in the size range 20 nm – 300 nm (diameter). Viruses hold great inte...

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22.12.2016

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The Cat that’s got the cream (liqueur)

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos… Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. However, having braved the cold to sing carols and eat roasted chestnuts, my fav...

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21.12.2016

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Letters to Father Characterization: Q&A

Our festive webinar was a real success and so much fun! Boys and girls, we invited you to send in your questions, comments, feedback and wish lists for Father Characterization to answer.  He received lots and lots of letters and was able to get through a selection during the web....

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20.12.2016

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Festive Jumper Day

On Friday 16th December, UK Malvern employees donned our festive knitwear to raise money for a very worthwhile cause – Christmas Jumper Day 2016! Christmas Jumper Day is a fun and festive event organized by Save the Children, a UK-based charity supporting children around the wor....

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17.12.2016

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Careers at Malvern – Join us in 2017

OK, so you have clearly heard of Malvern Instruments because you have visited this blog page! Perhaps you use our products? Maybe you’ve even met some of our employees? Well, have you ever thought about working for us? If so, we would love to hear from you! Malvern has a ba...

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15.12.2016

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The Latest Trend In the European Commission Joint Research Council

Paul Kippax alerted me to an interesting piece in Chemical Watch (Global Risk and Regulation News). It’s based on a comment by the European Commission Joint Research Council (JRC) that: ‘The term “particle size” does not sufficiently describe the exact quantity that is measured, ...

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13.12.2016

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What I wish everyone knew about Isothermal Titration Calorimetry

Ah, the holidays are here! This is the time of year when we enjoy special ‘once a year’ holiday meals and treats with family and friends. There are the succulent cuts of meat, marbled with fat…..perhaps you have a holiday goose or duck. There are the vegetables ...

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10.12.2016

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Malvern Online Store 10% OFF Your Next Order

To celebrate this festive season, we are giving an additional 10% off your next Malvern Store order. Use voucher code merrymalvern at checkout and remember the benefits of using the Malvern Store include: Save money with discounts off all online items See images and prices for o...

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09.12.2016

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The great Malvern festive decoration make-off!

It’s lovely to work in the Malvern Instruments Headquarter at this time of year.  Our usually functional but slightly dull open plan offices are festooned with festive decorations, as each team and department tries to out-do the rest with the flashiest and gaudiest display ...

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08.12.2016

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GFP2016: Polymers and Roman Docks

Version Française The French symposium of the French Group of Studies and Applications of Polymers (GFP) is the major French congress of polymers. The 45th edition took place recently in Marseille under the bold architecture of the Villa Méditerranée, designed by Stefano Boeri, a...

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06.12.2016

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Your letters to Father Characterization – Festive Webinar

To celebrate the knowledge, support and dedication of our employees we are introducing our first live panel discussion to help you solve your current challenges. We invite you to write in your questions, comments, feedback and wish lists for our panel to answer. Our seasonally dr...

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01.12.2016

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Secrets of your seasonal chocolate

Peeling back the foil on a gold coin. Popping a perforated window on a festive calendar. Pursuing your favourite coloured wrapper around a bowl. The prize inside many little packages we open this season will be chocolate. The secret of chocolate’s almost universal appeal is in th...

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29.11.2016

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Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2016

We are very proud to announce that our UK Accounts Apprentice Justin McKeon has won the Intermediate Level Apprentice of the Year Award at the Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards 2016. The award is given on the basis of outstanding occupational progress, practical and theoretica...

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24.11.2016

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Analytical Tools for Characterizing Metal Powders for Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing, also commonly referred to as 3D printing is the process of building a three dimensional structure or component from the ground up, usually layer by layer. There are seven main categories of additive manufacturing processes, as defined by the ASTM Committee...

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22.11.2016

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Bubbles in London – ISO/TC 281 Fine Bubble Technology

ISO/TC 281 Fine Bubble Technology Next week (24-25 November) sees the UK host an ISO meeting for Technical Committee 281 in fine and ultrafine bubbles. These are bubbles <100 micron in size and have many applications. Fine bubbles (1- 100 microns) have many applications inclu...

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17.11.2016

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Analytical and Scientific Instrument Heritage certification

JASIS (Japan Analytical Scientific Instruments Show), one of the largest exhibitions in Asia for analytical and scientific instruments, took place recently at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. Malvern Instruments received some great news at this meeting, which we are delighted....

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15.11.2016

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Q&A Session for OMNISEC: Demo at your desk

Ever wondered what it would be like to use Malvern’s OMNISEC GPC system? Now you can find out, from the comfort of your own desk! Malvern’s OMNISEC Demo at your Desk webinar provides an in-depth look at the OMNISEC hardware and a thorough demonstration of the user-friendly OMNIS...

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09.11.2016

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Recap of MicroCal User Days in San Diego and Cambridge

I always enjoy meeting our Malvern customers whenever I travel to different sites and events. I have been assisting customers with MicroCal ITC (Isothermal Titration Calorimetry) and DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry) instruments for over 15 years, and there are customers I ...

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08.11.2016

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On-line coagulation monitoring on display at Water Quality Technical Conference

When it comes to maintaining a stable water treatment operation, the right coagulant dose is critical for efficient flocculation. Traditional methods for setting this parameter are imprecise and labor intensive, and as a result, over- and under-dosing is common and response to pr...

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03.11.2016

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Celebrating Halloween

It was a fun and frightful fall day at Malvern Americans headquarters in Westborough, MA. While working hard is very important at Malvern, we also wanted to take some time and enjoy Halloween. A number of staff dressed up – we had a rocker, a clown and even an elephant join...

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01.11.2016

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Synuclein – A protein that fuses vesicles

α-synuclein promotes vesicle assembly – when size can support theory   What is a vesicle? In cell biology, a vesicle is an (often spherical) assembly of amphiphilic molecules (usually proteins and phospholipids), and is typically sized between 30 nm – 100 nm in ...

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27.10.2016

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Rheolotouille – The Restaurant Rheology Reviews…

It is time to pop on my curly false moustache and chef’s hat to become high, mighty and judgmental about what has been bothering me lately: the ‘not so’ culinary delights on the rheology road…. I travel – a lot! On my travels, I experience a variety of ‘on-the-go’ foods and hotel...

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25.10.2016

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Thermodynamics in the woods

Thermodynamics – Recap of the 30th Annual Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics  ΔG = ΔH – TΔS   Many scientists will recognize this equation, relating the enthalpy and entropy change of a reaction to ΔG or “Gibbs energy.”  But do you know anything about the man ...

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20.10.2016

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How to: Printing from Zetasizer to PDF

How can I save paper and print a Zetasizer report as a PDF?   Why print? The Zetasizer software includes several popular report options. The most frequently used of these is probably the Intensity PSD (M), which gives a compact overview of the results. It lists the z-average...

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18.10.2016

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Malvern’s Top Content Q3 2016

Here are the top five content from the last quarter. As you know, we produce materials from beginner’s guides to advanced education, all of which is free to access on the Resource Center in our website. To suit your needs, we try to develop content in a variety of formats, and to...

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13.10.2016

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Zetasizer Water Treatment – WWEM 2016

Water Treatment The 7th International Conference and exhibition on Water Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring (WWEM) will take place at Telford, England on 2-3 November 2016. We are giving a workshop on Thursday 3rd at 11:00 (in room 7). This is “A brief introduction to zeta p...

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12.10.2016

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FOOD – from the kitchen to the lab and back

Last week my kids got very frustrated with warm French toast and a new brand of chocolate spread. The French toast, was …of course…warm, and the chocolate was misbehaving: melting and dripping on their fingers … Now, French toast (and chocolate spread) is a staple at our house bu...

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11.10.2016

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Vaccine adjuvants – Size and charge for alum or liposomes

Adjuvants for vaccination – How size and zeta may be relevant   What is an adjuvant? Adjuvants are substances which are added to medicines to trigger and enhance an immune response to an antigen. In the USA, the most commonly-used adjuvant is alum, and many vaccines in...

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10.10.2016

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Filtech 2016 – ISO16332

ISO16332 – Oil / Water separators   A while ago, I wrote a blog “Characterizing filter efficiency in diesel engines – ISO16332” about a cell we were designing to meet the challenges of new filters in filter efficiency testing. This has now been successfully...

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06.10.2016

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Virtual Seminar – Battery slurries, Electrodes

Best practices for characterizing and manufacturing battery slurries and electrodes The market for batteries is rapidly growing, and the increased demand for portable electronic devices, including mobile phones and laptops requires greater advances in battery technology in order....

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05.10.2016

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2nd Annual European MicroCal Meeting – Feedback from Day 2

Onto Day 2 of the meeting in the beautiful sunshine of Paris, with another agenda full to brimming with a great set of inspiring presentations. The first session of the morning was chaired by Malvern’s Aymeric Audfray, and was entitled: “Developments in ITC applications int...

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04.10.2016

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Malvern Instruments Webinars

Malvern Webinars So glad to share this new list of live Malvern Instruments webinars that will be presented this month. Duncan Griffiths and Sarennah Longworth-Cook will cover our now popular “Demo at your desk” focusing on the NanoSight NS300 and the Spraytec. See o....

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03.10.2016

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Recap: Particle Characterization Workshop

Pharma users come to conquer particle size demons! On September 29th, Malvern Instruments hosted a “Advanced Particle Characterization for the Pharmaceutical Industry” workshop at our Westborough, MA office, focusing on applications, best practices, and the latest developments in...

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29.09.2016

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GPC School – Become an expert

Gel Permeation Chromatography school – Become an expert Have you ever found yourself with a bunch of GPC data, and didn’t know how to use it?  You’re in luck! Come on down to Malvern’s Houston, Texas facility on October 19-20, 2016 for a two-day course designed to del...

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