CCMX Advanced Course

04.06.2012- 4-6 June 2012, Lausanne - Powder Characterisation and Dispersion: from nanometers to millimeters and from theory to practice



Monday 4 June to Wednesday 6 June 2012


Materials Institute, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne- Room MXC315

Course Brochure

Download the course brochure here (PDF).

The brochure should be printed double sided on A4 paper, and folded together to form the 8 page brochure.

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.
  • Discussion of the fundamental theory 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.


  • Particle Size Measurement
  • X-ray Powder Diffraction
  • Image Analysis - shape analysis
  • Specific Surface Area and Porosity
  • Mercury porosimetry
  • Powder Milling — general equipment, modelling and examples
  • Particle Dispersion and Suspension Characterisation - dispersion mechanisms, rheology, surface charge and interparticle interactions
  • Case Studies and Comparison of methods
  • Discussion of specific issues of course participants


Dr. Paul Bowen (EPFL)

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 150 CHF for doctoral students, CCMX industrial members and for academic researchers from Swiss universities and research institutions. The registration fee for all other participants is 1000 CHF.

Doctoral students may get 1 credit unit depending on acceptance from their Doctoral School and provided they pass the examination to be held on 6 June 2012 after the course.


Please download the registration form (Word) and send it back to Mrs Ruth Gacoin.

The registration deadline is 21 May 2012, but in the past this course has filled up very quickly, so please be sure to register as soon as possible.




Bâtiment MX
Station 12
CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. + 41 21 693 46 56
Questions? E-mail us.