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Morphologi G3-ID accelerates environmental
particle research at Southern Cross University, Australia

A Morphologi G3-ID particle characterization system from Malvern Instruments is opening cutting-edge research opportunities in environmental science at the School of Science, Environment and Engineering, Southern Cross University (SCU), in Australia. The Morphologi G3-ID, which is sold and supported in Australia by ATA Scientific, combines automated particle imaging with Raman spectroscopy to deliver particle size, morphology and chemical identification of particles within a dispersion. The technique is helping users to better understand the composition and behavior of natural particles within the environment and is generating substantial cost and efficiency savings in areas that previously relied on manual microscopy.

Andrew Rose, Associate Professor within Southern Cross GeoScience at SCU said: "After just four months, the Morphologi G3-ID is already heavily used by researchers and students throughout the university who are working on a wide range of projects. The automated microscopy and image analysis functions are especially popular and have saved countless hours compared with using manual microscopy techniques."

Measuring the size and shape of environmental particles helps researchers determine aspects of their functionality, such as dissolution rate and solubility. The inclusion of Raman spectroscopy measurements alongside particle imaging enables chemical identification of particles, which is important in understanding the processes occurring within a sample. The Morphologi G3-ID is being used in studies of sediment geochemistry, contaminant mobility and biogeochemistry, among others.

The Morphologi G3-ID uses advanced optics to capture images of individual particles across a dynamic size range of 0.5 µm to 1000 µm and generates size, shape and morphological data for each particle within the dispersion. The system then automatically selects particles within the dispersion and collects a Raman spectrum from each one, allowing analysis of discrete particle populations within the blend. Designed for operational ease of use, the fully automated instrument enables users at SCU ranging from experienced scientists through to students with limited spectroscopic experience to gain a detailed understanding of their particulate samples.

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Malvern Instruments in profile
Malvern 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's materials characterization instruments provide critical information that helps accelerate research and product development, enhance and maintain product quality and optimize process efficiency.
Malvern's products reflect its drive to exploit the latest technological innovations and their 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 systems are used to measure particle size, particle shape, zeta potential, protein charge, molecular weight, mass, size and conformation, nanoparticle size and count, rheological properties and for chemical identification, advancing the understanding of dispersed systems across many different industries and applications.
Headquartered in Malvern, UK, Malvern Instruments has subsidiary organizations in all major European markets, North America, Mexico, China, Japan and Korea, a joint venture in India, a global distributor network and applications laboratories around the world.

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