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Posted: January 19, 2010

New ISO Standard for Laser Diffraction 'Much Improves Method Development Advice' Says Malvern

(Nanowerk News) As a global leader in the field of laser diffraction, Malvern Instruments has welcomed the release of ISO13320:2009, a new standard for this key particle sizing technique. Building on a knowledge base that has advanced significantly over the preceding decade, ISO13320:2009 is an essential resource for instrument manufacturers and users alike. By emphasising applications and the need for well-defined procedures, it also clearly points the way for future developments.
Commenting on the publication of the new standard, Paul Kippax, Malvern’s Product Manager for Diffraction Products said, “Malvern has been happy to contribute expertise to shape this valuable document and is especially pleased that it includes much improved advice on method development and optical model selection. This reflects a marked growth in application knowledge in recent years. There is now substantial guidance to enable users to get the most from an investment in a laser diffraction analyzer. Looking to the future, the challenge for manufacturers is to reduce the burden of method development, making it easier for all users to fully exploit this knowledge base.”
A pioneer of laser diffraction for more than three decades, and with a team of industrial specialists who cover every sector that routinely uses the technology, Malvern delivers the highest possible levels of application support. The company’s well-established Mastersizer 2000 laboratory laser diffraction system already permits full implementation of the new guidance with respect to sampling, dispersion and measurement, allowing users to take immediate advantage of the latest advice. Malvern’s definitive Masterclass series of on-demand webinars clearly and concisely covers the majority of topics raised in the new standard and providing a highly informative starting point for those wishing to adopt best practice, in line with the guidance enshrined in ISO13320:2009.
Read more in the article ‘Setting new standards for laser diffraction particle size analysis’ (pdf download) by Drs Alan Rawle and Paul Kippax of Malvern Instruments which examines each aspect of the measurement process for the revised ISO13320:2009.
About Malvern Instruments
Malvern Instruments provides a range of complementary materials characterization tools that deliver inter-related measurements reflecting the complexities of particulates and disperse systems, nanomaterials and macromolecules. Analytical instruments from Malvern are used in the characterization of a wide variety of materials, from industrial bulk powders to nanomaterials and delicate macromolecules. A broad portfolio of innovative technologies is combined with intelligent, user-friendly software. These systems deliver industrially relevant data enabling our customers to make the connection between micro (such as particle size) and macro (bulk) material properties (rheology) and chemical composition (chemical imaging).
Particle size, particle shape, zeta potential, molecular weight, chemical composition and rheological properties measurements are now joined by advanced chromatography solutions (GPC/SEC), extending Malvern’s technologies for protein molecular weight, size and aggregation measurements, and synthetic polymer molecular weight and distribution. The company’s laboratory, at-line, on-line and in-line solutions are proven in sectors as diverse as cement production and pharmaceutical drug discovery.
Headquartered in Malvern, UK, Malvern Instruments has subsidiary organizations in all major European markets, North America, China, Korea and Japan, a joint venture in India, a global distributor network and applications laboratories around the world.
Source: Malvern Instruments (press release)
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