Malvern Panalytical has announced a number of webinars and seminars occurring throughout August and September.

To register for any of these events, please use the contact form on this page to highlight the event you are interested in.

Characterising hybrid nanoparticles and polymers with gradient properties using multi-detector gel permeation chromatography (GPC)

The fabrication of core-shell nanoparticles, hollow-shell, and other layered colloidal nanoparticle materials has been of high interest due to their controlled architectures and surface functionality.

They have been used for a variety of applications, including as biosensors, theranostic and drug delivery vehicles, light emitting and solid state materials.

By coupling nanoparticles with various shell organic polymer materials such as dendrimers, copolymers, and grafted polymers, it is possible to create high-peripheral functionality and a host of gradient properties controlled by the size, shape, and generational growth of the layers.

Taking place on 9 August from 9:10 to 10:30 GMT-5:00, This webinar will focus on the class of hybrid nanoparticle materials with interesting gradient properties produced by coupling a solid-state nanocrystal or nanoparticle (metal, semiconductor) with the properties of organic polymers and dendrimers.

Speaker Rigoberto Advincular is a professor at the department of macromolecular science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, US. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Fellow of the Polymer Science and Engineering Division (ACS), and Fellow of the Polymer Chemistry Division (ACS).

He also received the Mark Scholar Award in 2013 and was elected to the World Economic Forum Future Materials Research Council in 2016. He served as past Chair of the Polymer Division at ACS, as well as editor-in-chief of MRS Communications, editor of reactive and functional polymers and recent associate editor of polymer reviews.

Rigoberto’s group does research in polymer synthesis and materials, nano-materials, colloidal science, 3D printing and ultra-thin films towards applications from smart coatings to biomedical devices.

Scientists with an interest in hybrid nanoparticle materials comprising polymeric films are recommended to attend this webinar, as well as scientists looking to understand how multi-detector GPC can be applied to advanced polymer research.

Attendees can learn about key polymer properties governing hybrid nano-particle functionality and how to characterise them. They will learn analytical characterisation techniques for the synthesis and fabrication of solid state films used in hybrid nano-particle materials, specifically multi-detector GPC.

Introduction to X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and particle characterisation in cement

The careful control of process parameters in the cement industry is the difference between profit and failure in an industry where specifications are fixed and the variables are the feed composition and energy costs.

Raw materials (chiefly limestone, clay and supplementary materials) of differing compositions are needed to be blended to provide the correct phase chemistry after the rotary kiln furnace step.

The blending of these minerals is a skilled art and XRF allows the compositions to be assessed in the storage silos before production of the raw meal and afterwards in the finished cement. Percentages of materials such as calcium, silica, iron and aluminium are routinely measured with XRF using ASTM and International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) standards to provide the guidelines.

Grinding of the cement is a highly energy-intensive process, and 1% of the world’s electrical supply is used in this step. In addition, international standards dictate the fineness that cement is ground to different specifications and the successful companies are those that can manage the grinding and classification processes in the most cost-effective way. Both laboratory and on-line particle size analysis provide this route to quality and production control.

Taking place on 21 August from 10:30 to 11:30 GMT-5:00, this webinar provides an introduction to XRF and particle sizing as applied to the cement industry with an emphasis of the financial implications of control. Malvern Panalytical will provide an introduction to the Epsilon XRF equipment and the Mastersizer 3000 laser diffraction particle size analyser, including looking at classifier efficiency (Tromp curve) in the latter.

Speaker Alan Rawle is the applications manager and co-chair of the E56.02 characterisation sub-committee of the ASTM E56 Committee on Nanotechnology. The second speaker is Stephen Williams, a senior application specialist of benchtop XRF.

All personnel interested in routes to cost benefits in the cement industry and needing an introduction to XRF and particle sizing are invited to attend. They will learn about the importance and benefits of controlling the composition and size distribution of cement and its raw materials from a financial and specification perspective.

Climate and hydrology studies leveraging ASD VNIR spectral snow albedo measurements

This webinar will discuss snow and ice applications and the use of Malvern Panalytical’s ASD FieldSpec® spectroradiometer for data measurement and analysis.

It will take place on 23 August 23 from 13:00 to 14:00 GMT-5:00.

Speaker Mckenzie Skiles is assistant professor at the University of Utah. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of California, an MS degree in Geography, a BS degree in Geography and Environmental Studies and a GIS certificate, which are all from the University of Utah.

McKenzie is a snow optics specialist, knowledge which she has applied to one of her main research trajectories to investigate the impacts of mineral dust and black carbon deposition on snow. Additional research interests include mountain and snow hydrology, snow energy balance, remote sensing of the cryosphere, and cryosphere-climate interaction.

Those that have interest in snow optics and are involved or have interest in snow and ice application studies for climate and environmental monitoring purposes are invited to attend, as well as those who want to learn how the ASD FieldSpec spectroradiometer can be used for data measurement purposes. Attendees will learn the importance of snow optical property studies for earth system models of climate, weather, and hydrology and how the ASD FieldSpec spectroradiometer aids in these studies.

HighScore User Group Meeting (Seminar)

Join co-author Thomas Degan and principal scientist Scott Speakman on Sunday previous to the Denver X-ray Conference, for an informative look into HighScore.

This meeting is intended for experienced users of the software. Hands-on examples, tips and tricks and much more will be presented.

This seminar will take place on 5 August from 10:30 to 16:00 GMT-7:00 at Westin Westminster, 10600 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, Colorado, US.

Speakers Scott Speakman and Thomas Degan will also present a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) question and answer session prior to the Denver X-ray Conference, for an informative look into HighScore. This meeting is intended for experienced users of the software. Hands-on examples, tips and tricks and much more will be presented.

3rd European MicroCal User Meeting (Seminar)

Welcome to the third European MicroCal Meeting, organised by Malvern Panalytical and a scientific committee of expert users from academia and industry with support from the ARBRE MOBIEU network.

The event will focus on applications, best practices, advanced data analysis and latest developments in isothermal titration and differential scanning calorimetry, including isothermal titration caliometry (ITC) and differential scanning caliometry (DSC), as well as complementary biophysical techniques. The meeting will bring together MicroCal users from across Europe.

The first day of this two-day event starts with a free-to-attend set of interactive workshops hosted by our experts and advanced users.

The second day is a paid event in which Malvern Panalytical welcomes renowned speakers and expert users from across the community for discussions focused on data quality assurance, best practices, new applications and advanced data analysis. A further optional evening social event will also available for those who wish to maximise their networking opportunity in an informal and entertaining environment.

In bringing together experts, the company hopes to facilitate knowledge sharing and generation of ideas that could help to address current and future challenges and contribute to developments in technology and biosciences.

The seminar will take place from 13 September to 14 September, from 9:30 to 22:00 (GMT). It will be hosted at Savoy Place, IET London, London, United Kingdom.

Speakers include various members from the Scientific Committee Scientific

Day one is free to attend, while day two has a registration fee of €100.00, which covers all conference materials, coffee breaks and lunch.

Zeta potential in the water industry (seminar)

The benefits of using laboratory zeta potential measurements at water treatment facilities are well-documented. With the introduction of on-line zeta potential monitoring in recent years it is now possible to perform zeta potential analysis in real-time with additional benefits such as faster response times and reduced chemical usage.

This event is one of the first in the UK that is dedicated to the use of zeta potential in the water industry. It will bring together leading figures from industry and academia to present the latest developments in this field and to share their operational experiences of using zeta potential for coagulation control. Attendees will also have the opportunity to talk to key decision makers from water companies and leading researchers, and attend some practical demonstration sessions, and attend some practical demonstration sessions.

This event will cost £120, including VAT. It will take place from 4 October to 5 October, from 9:30 to 13:00 (GMT). It will be hosted at the Severn Trent Centre in Warwickshire, UK.

Speakers include professor Bruce Jefferson, Emma Sharp, Lorena Montalban, David Metcalfe and Malvern Panalytical’s Alon Vaisman.