MALVERN, UK - A new particle characterization and rheology laboratory is being installed at the Center for Ceramic Research (CCR) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, as part of a collaborative project between the university and Malvern Instruments. Malvern is providing a suite of state-of-the-art instrumentation that will be used by researchers from the CCR, other university departments and partnership universities (Penn State and New Mexico) to continue the exploration of the links between rheology and particle characteristics. The new facility will be managed by Richard Haber, Director of the CCR.
 
"Properties such as particle size, size distribution and zeta potential often directly influence rheological behavior," said Haber. "Malvern recognizes this and, uniquely, has in-house expertise and instrumentation in both fields. They are an excellent partner for our work. We look forward to using these new tools to push forward understanding in this industrially important area."
 
The 500-square-foot laboratory will contain rotational and capillary rheometers - the Gemini and RH 2000 respectively. These will be complemented by a Zetasizer Nano S, for nanoparticle characterization, and a Mastersizer 2000, for laser-diffraction-based, particle-size measurement in the range 0.02-2000 microns. All of the instruments are manufactured by Malvern Instruments.
 
Malvern Instruments provides a range of complementary materials characterization tools that deliver interrelated measurements reflecting the complexities of particulates and disperse systems, nanomaterials, and macromolecules. For more information, e-mail trish@kapleronline.com.