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  • Waters and Malvern Panalytical Collaborate to Improve Polymer Characterization January 16 2018 - Ref No: PR180216 Malvern Panalytical announced that it entered into a co-marketing agreement with Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) to advance the analysis of polymers. By pairing the Waters® ACQUITY® Advanced Polymer Chromatography® (APC™) System with Malvern Panalytical’s OMNISEC® REVEAL, R&D scientists can access higher sensitivity, higher resolution data than ever before, giving them better insight into their samples without the need for column calibration. . The emergence of new and increasingly complex polymers with a broad range of structural and compositional diversity has been a driving force in the development of advanced analytical and separation technologies for polymer characterization. Today, analysts seek innovative techniques that allow them to better characterize and understand their highly complex samples. Combining high efficiency columns with the low overall system dispersion of Waters’ APC significantly improves resolution, especially for low molecular weight oligomers. In addition, run times can be up to 5X faster than with traditional Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC), enabling higher sample throughput and more rapid method development.. Use of this high speed, high resolution separation technique has historically seen limited pairing with advanced online detectors, such as light scattering, due to limitations in the dispersion characteristics of these detectors. However, as the advantages of the APC become clearer, both in research and industry, manufacturers have been working to reduce dispersion within their advanced detector options, whilst maintaining the high resolution of the APC separation. Malvern Panalytical has achieved exactly this with its OMNISEC REVEAL multidetector module. Coupling the APC System to the OMNISEC REVEAL offers the ability to calculate absolute molecular weight, intrinsic viscosity and hydrodynamic radius. These parameters can be used to predict polymer behaviors in solutions/product matrices and to give a more comprehensive understanding of polymer structure. This speed of analysis and easy access to more detailed information provides a quicker pathway to the development of more successful and efficient products.. “Waters takes great pride in collaborating with innovative companies like Malvern Panalytical to solve complex molecular characterization challenges. This is an example of two leaders in our respective fields working together to optimize the combination of our technologies in order to help scientists achieve their analytical goals,” said Jeff Mazzeo, Vice President of Marketing, Waters Corporation.. “Malvern Panalytical is proud to work with Waters to leverage the high sensitivity and low dispersion characteristics of the OMNISEC REVEAL advanced detector module, which are ideally suited to the APC system’s high resolution and high efficiency separation characteristics. We believe that researchers will be delighted with the analytical abilities of the combined system, which offers extraordinary performance for the analysis of both natural and synthetic polymers and provides visibility of details that would otherwise be missed. The combination of Waters’ APC and Malvern Panalytical’s OMNISEC REVEAL opens new doors in polymer research and development which will translate directly to better product performance,” stated Steven Horder, Vice President, Advanced Materials, Malvern Panalytical.. About Waters Corporation (www.waters.com) (www.tainstruments.com). Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT), the world's leading specialty measurement company, has pioneered chromatography, mass spectrometry, thermal analysis and rheology innovations serving the life, materials and food sciences for nearly 60 years. With approximately 7,000 employees worldwide, Waters operates directly in 31 countries, including 15 manufacturing facilities, and with products available in more than 100 countries.. Contact: . Chris Orlando Waters Corporation Public Relations Manager 508-482-2623 Chris_Orlando@waters.com . About Malvern Panalytical (www.malvern.com) . Malvern Panalytical technologies are used by scientists and engineers in a wide range of industries and organizations to solve the challenges associated with maximizing productivity, developing better quality products and getting them to market faster. Our mission is to create superior, customer-focused solutions and services to deliver tangible economic impact through chemical, physical and structural analysis of materials. . Underpinned by extensive industry knowledge and technical and applications expertise, Malvern Panalytical instruments help users better understand a wide variety of materials, from proteins and polymers to metals and building materials.Our technologies enable the measurement of parameters such as particle size, shape and zeta potential, biomolecular interactions and stability, rheological properties, elemental concentrations and crystallographic structure.Highly reliable and robust characterization of these properties is fundamental to predicting how a product will behave during use, to optimizing its performance and achieving manufacturing excellence. . Malvern Panalytical was formed by the merger of Malvern Instruments and PANalytical on 1st January 2017, and employs over 2,000 people worldwide. With R&D and manufacturing sites in North America, Europe and China and a global sales and service presence, we provide unrivalled levels of customer support. Malvern Panalytical is a strong player and innovator in the materials characterization market, providing expert solutions for superior actionable insight. . Malvern Panalytical is part of Spectris plc (LON:SXS), the productivity-enhancing instruments and controls company.. Read more
  • Fast and accurate at-line elemental analysis January 25 2018 - Ref No: PR180125 Malvern Panalytical presents Epsilon 4, the new high-performance benchtop analytical tool for the determination of the chemical composition of all kinds of material. Built on the experience and success of the proven Epsilon 3 range of XRF spectrometers, the Epsilon 4 is a multi-functional instrument opening new applications for industries such as mining, pharma or oils&fuels who are obliged to comply with international regulations and test methods. Combining the latest advances in excitation and detection technology with mature software and a smart design, the analytical performance of the new benchtop instrument approaches the one of more powerful and floor-standing spectrometers.. Due to its low infrastructural requirements, Epsilon 4 can be placed next to the production line anywhere in your process. Its high performance enables most applications to be operated at ambient conditions, reducing costs for helium or vacuum maintenance. The unique low-drift metal-ceramic X-ray tube, designed and manufactured by Malvern Panalytical, delivers compliant results for years without the need for costly re-calibration. The instrument can automatically process sample batches without the need for operator attention.. Epsilon 4 is a highly flexible tool available in a 10-Watt version for elemental analysis (F – Am) in areas from R&D through to process control. For even higher sample throughput or extended light-element capabilities and in more challenging environments a 15-Watt version is available, which can even analyze carbon, nitrogen and oxygen. “Epsilon 4 delivers the highest count rate in the market while little or no sample preparation is required to achieve very fast and reproducible results”, says Simon Milner, product director at Malvern Panalytical. “It is the perfect analytical tool for any industry needing to comply with increasingly stringent test methods and norms. Trust our experienced staff to work with you on tailored solutions for your analytical challenges.”. Visit www.panalytical.com/epsilon4 for more information.. Read more
  • 2018 Goetz Instrument Program recipient winners February 1 2018 - Ref No: PR180131 Malvern Panalytical is proud to announce the winners of the ASD 2018 Goetz Instrument Student Support Program! . The Goetz instrument program allows Master’s and/or Ph.D. students from around the world to submit a research proposal involving spectral science, and offers the opportunity to ‘win’ the ability to borrow an ASD field spectrometer or spectroradiometer at no charge to pursue their research endeavors. . We received a record number of submissions proposing innovative application uses of our ASD instruments this year with some very interesting and diverse reflectance spectroscopy research applications. This made it especially challenging for our selection committee to choose the number of winners that we can support. . Here, we present the nine selected global 2018 Goetz Instrument Program recipient winners and their research project topics:. FieldSpec® 4 winners:. Jie Dai, Joint Doctoral Program in Geography. San Diego State University/University of California, Santa Barbara (California, US) Title: Mapping and modeling Mikania micrantha invasion in Chitwan community forests. Erola Fenollosa, Ecology, Environmental Sciences and Plant Physiology Doctoral Program. University of Barcelona (Spain) Title: Development of spectroradiometric photoprotective markers for fast plant stress assessment. Becca Goodman, Art Conservation Department. SUNY Buffalo State College (New York, US) Title: Identification of paint pigments with reflectance spectroscopy: The effects of mineral source and particle size. Marcella Piscitelli, Doctorate Program in Agricultural Sciences-Graduate School-Faculty of Agronomy . University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) Title: Estimation of the agricultural soil surface attributes through orbital and field radiometry data. Gustavo Togeiro de Alckman, School of Land and Food. University of Tasmania (Australia) Title: Determining biophysical and biochemical attributes of pasture using very high resolution remote sensing techniques. QualitySpec® Trek winners:. Ai Hwee “Elise” Kho, Centre for Animal Science. University of Queensland (Australia) Title: To test the potential of QualitySpec Trek handheld near infrared spectrometer as a potential on-farm diagnostic tool for parasitic infection in sheep faeces and pasture. Dipika Nadkarni, Department of Archaeology. Durham University (United Kingdom) Title: Identification of plastics in museum collections using fibre optic reflectance spectroscopy. FieldSpec HandHeld 2 winners:. Meredith McPherson, Department of Ocean Science. University of California, Santa Cruz (California, US) Title: Applying spectral techniques to determine physiological condition of bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) populations along the northern California coastline. Wendel Raymond, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. University of Alaska, Fairbanks (Alaska, US) Title: Using condition estimates of a marine foundation species to infer temporally integrated seawater nutrient fields. Congratulations to our 2018 winners! We look forward to learning of your research results and greatly appreciate the contributions that you are making to spectral science in your fields.. Read more
  • 2018 Students in Mining & Energy Instrument Program recipient winners February 1 2018 - Ref No: PR180201 Malvern Panalytical is happy to announce the winners of the ASD Students in Mining & Energy Instrument Support Program!. The Students in Mining & Energy Instrument Support program allows students from around the world interested in mining and energy disciplines to submit a research proposal involving spectral mineralogy. Winners are given the opportunity to borrow an ASD field spectrometer at no charge to pursue their research endeavors.. Despite of this year’s large number of received interesting geologic submissions, we have had to limit the number of winners that we are able to support.. Following are the four selected global 2018 Students in Mining & Energy Instrument Support Program recipient winners and their research topics:. TerraSpec® 4 winners:. Camilo A. Uribe Mogollon, Earth and Environmental Science Program New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico, US) Title: White mica geochemistry associated with phyllic alteration halos in porphyry systems: Insights from vectoring tool applied to exploration. Andrew Jacobus, Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies Binghamton University (New York, US) Title: NIR, pXRF, and XRD Spectroscopy of the Utica Shale in The Mohawk Valley of New York: Towards a Stoichiometric Model to Convert Elemental Abundances to Minerology . TerraSpec® Halo winners:. Taran Bradley, Department of Geology and Geologic Engineering South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (South Dakota, US) Title: Detecting the role of pressure and bulk composition on the Al-OH absorption band of white micas: A case study in the Tavşanlı Zone of Turkey . Michael Franke, Applied Geosciences Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany) Title: PANGAEA Project . Congratulations to our 2018 winners! We look forward to your results and greatly appreciate the contributions that you are making to spectral science in your geologic fields! . Read more
  • Malvern Panalytical launches new Morphologi 4 range for fast, high-definition particle imaging and characterization February 14 2018 - Ref No: PR180214 The new Morphologi® range of automated static imaging systems for particle characterization from Malvern Panalytical – Morphologi 4 and Morphologi 4-ID – has been unveiled. Built on the market-leading success of previous systems, the 2018 iF design award-winning Morphologi 4 and Morphologi 4-ID offer uniquely powerful tools for the rapid, automated component-specific measurement of particle size, shape and chemical composition. They deliver substantial improvements in measurement speed, image definition, and the range of materials that can be successfully analyzed. Offering sharper and faster particle size and shape measurements, the instruments add value to product development, troubleshooting and QC, particularly in analytical environments where a deeper understanding of a process and/or sample is required, such as during the development and processing of pharmaceuticals, metal powders and battery materials. . The Morphologi 4 is a fully automated system for characterizing particles ranging in size from less than one micron up to a millimeter and beyond. Compared to its predecessor, it offers quicker measurement – a time saving of around 25% – while delivering simpler, more intuitive method development and greater particle definition. A key feature is Sharp Edge, a new automated segmentation / thresholding algorithm that makes it easier to detect and define particles. Measurement sensitivity is further boosted by the 18 MP camera and by enclosure of the sample during imaging. These advances make it possible to accurately measure light-sensitive and low-contrast samples, such as proteins and certain mineral and chemical species, and deliver enhanced shape parameter sensitivity for all types of sample. This makes it possible to detect the subtle differences that are essential for rigorous process and product optimization and robust supply chain management. . The Morphologi 4-ID delivers Morphologically-Directed Raman Spectroscopy (MDRS®), integrating the static imaging capabilities of the Morphologi 4 with Raman spectroscopy to enable the component-specific morphological characterization of different chemical species in a blend. Offering significantly faster spectral acquisition times than the previous model – a time reduction of up to 80% – it also allows acquisition conditions to be customized to the sample. This enhanced control, combined with an extended spectral range, maximizes the range of materials that can be identified and/or differentiated within a mixture. The instrument is fully automated and is designed to allow both particle characterization scientists with limited spectroscopy experience, and more experienced spectroscopists to gain an in-depth understanding of their particulate samples.. Deborah Huck-Jones, Product Manager for Analytical Imaging at Malvern Panalytical comments: “These latest additions to Malvern Panalytical’s range of advanced analytical characterization technologies deliver greater detail in faster measurement times than ever before. Their applications in innovator and generic pharmaceutical development support the critical goal of speed to market. A particular benefit of MDRS to generics formulators is its ability to help demonstrate Q3 bioequivalence in vitro by ensuring the required physicochemical attributes of particles in the test formulation match those of the reference formulation, thus reducing or eliminating the need for clinical endpoint studies.”. Cathryn Langley, Associate Product Manager for Analytical Imaging at Malvern Panalytical, adds: “In many industrial applications, a specification based on size alone is no longer adequate. The flow and packing properties of metal powders and electrode materials, for example, are governed by particle shape, as well as size. This means that both parameters must be controlled to optimize performance, such as the properties of a finished injection-molded component, or the power and discharge characteristics of a battery. The new Morphologi systems make it quicker and easier to access accurate and component-specific particle size and shape data to develop a deeper understanding of such products, and of how to optimize and control their routine manufacture.” . For more information about the new Morphologi 4 and Morphologi 4-ID, contact Malvern Panalytical, or register for the launch webinar. . Read more
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