New Educational Resources from Malvern Provide a Valuable Grounding in Polymer Solution Characterization

Following the highly successful webinar series ‘Polymer solution characterization’, Malvern Panalytical has released two new white papers that provide practical advice about characterizing polymers and measuring the rheology of polymer solutions.

Valuable education resources from Malvern Panalytical provide guidance on polymer solution characterization.

Seismic shifts in oil price, the sustainability agenda, and the desire for new smart materials have combined to produce a stimulating agenda for synthetic and natural polymer research. These papers offer straight forward guidance on how to measure the properties that can be manipulated to control polymer solution behavior and performance.

Polymers derive their commercial value from properties such as strength, stability and chemical resistance, and their ability to modify the behavior of suspension and solution based products.

In ‘Characterizing polymers: Techniques for the measurement of molecular weight, molecular size and branching’, experts from Malvern Panalytical provide an overview of the properties that define polymer performance which include molecular weight, molecular size and intrinsic viscosity.

A key focus of this white paper is the different techniques that can be used to measure these properties and the value of gel permeation/size exclusion chromatography (GPC/SEC) within this context.

The second complementary white paper, ‘Measuring the rheology of polymer solutions’, provides an introduction to the unique rheological characteristics that polymers can exhibit when dispersed in a solvent.

These are widely used to impart viscosity and viscoelasticity to products ranging from foods, drinks and personal care formulations to inks and drilling fluids. Measuring polymer solution rheology under relevant conditions is the key to successful formulation. The whitepaper discusses the rheological tools available for polymer solution characterization and how to apply them productively.

Either paper can be freely downloaded from: and

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About Malvern Panalytical

Malvern Panalytical provides the materials and biophysical characterization technology and expertise that enables scientists and engineers to understand and control the properties of dispersed systems.

These systems range from proteins and polymers in solution, particle and nanoparticle suspensions and emulsions, through to sprays and aerosols, industrial bulk powders and high concentration slurries.

Used at all stages of research, development and manufacturing, Malvern Panalytical’s materials characterization instruments provide critical information that helps accelerate research and product development, enhance and maintain product quality and optimize process efficiency.

Our products reflect Malvern Panalytical’s drive to exploit the latest technological innovations and our commitment to maximizing the potential of established techniques. They are used by both industry and academia, in sectors ranging from pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals to bulk chemicals, cement, plastics and polymers, energy and the environment.

Malvern Panalytical systems are used to measure particle size, particle shape, zeta potential, protein charge, molecular weight, mass, size and conformation, rheological properties and for chemical identification, advancing the understanding of dispersed systems across many different industries and applications.

Headquartered in Malvern Panalytical, UK, Malvern Panalytical has subsidiary organizations in all major European markets, North America, China, Japan and Korea, a joint venture in India, a global distributor network and applications laboratories around the world.


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