CCMX Continuing Education Course

06.06.2011- 6-8 June 2011 - Powder Characterisation: from nanometers to millimeters and from theory to practice

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Monday 6 June to Wednesday 8 June 2011


Materials Institute, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne


6 June 2010: from 8:45 until 17:30

7 June 2010: from 9:00 until 17:30

8 June 2010: from 9:00 until 17:00

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 8 June 2011 after the course.

If you are interested in attending this course, please complete and return the completed registration form until Saturday 21 May 2011 by email.

Last year, this course attracted many applications. Please be sure to register as soon as possible.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Nathalie Jongen.



Bâtiment MX
Station 12
CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. + 41 21 693 46 56
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