CCMX Advanced Course — Powder Characterisation and Dispersion

02-4 July 2018 - EPFL, Lausanne and CSEM, Neuchâtel — Powder Characterisation and Dispersion: From Nanometers to Millimeters and from Theory to Practice


"This course was a great systematic overview of all important aspects of powder technology. " -- Participant in 2016 course

"All the practical elements of this course were extremely useful." -- Participant in 2016 course



Aim of the course

    • Introduction to some basic methods used for powder characterisation, particle size measurement and a brief introduction to powder dispersion and suspension characterisation.

    • Brief discussion of the fundamental theories behind the methods and their limitations.

    • Measurement of real samples and correct interpretation of the results collected.

    • Presentation of in-house protocols for reproducible and reliable measurements (towards metrology).

    • Examples of “real” powders in applications and the influence of their intrinsic characteristics.

    • Presentation of in-house software and models for interparticle interactions and yield stress prediction.

This course may be validated for 1 ECTS credit in the doctoral programmes of EPFL and ETH Zurich after acceptance by the corresponding institution. The credit will be attributed to students who pass the examination held on 4 July 2018 after the course.



Monday, 2 July to Wednesday, 4 July 2018


Materials Institute, EPFL - Room MXC320

CSEM, Neuchâtel


Please register using the online form available here. 


    • Particle Size Measurement – basics and different techniques

    • X-ray Powder Diffraction – phase analysis, crystallite size & strain, non-ambient conditions

    • Image Analysis — Shape Analysis

    • Specific Surface Area and Porosity

    • Introduction to Inverse Gas Chromatography

    • Particle Dispersion and Suspension Characterisation — dispersion mechanisms, rheology, surface charge and interparticle interactions


Prof. Paul Bowen (EPFL). Dr. Olha Sereda (CSEM), Dr. Ralf Dümpelmann (Inolytix), Martin Bossard (LS Instruments)

Who should attend

Industrial and academic engineers, Ph.D students and R&D staff.
The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 16.


The participation fee is CHF360 for doctoral students from EPFL, ETHZ, Empa, PSI and CSEM; CHF460 for PhD students from other institutions and other academic researchers. The registration fee for all other participants is CHF1,500. The fee includes lunches and coffee breaks. VAT may apply. We will confirm the participation of students coming from institutions outside of Switzerland after all fees have been paid. Please note that any bank transfer fees must be covered by the participant.

Cancellation Policy

The cancellation policy for this course is described in the registration form. Please read carefully before agreeing to it. Another student can be substituted on the same programme session without incurring any fees. The substitute must inform Carey Sargent by email before the course starts.




Bâtiment MX
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CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. + 41 21 693 46 56
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