Malvern Panalytical

Malvern Panalytical technologies are used by scientists and engineers in a wide range of industries and organizations to solve the challenges associated with maximizing productivity, developing better quality products and getting them to market faster. Our focus is on creating innovative, customer-focused solutions and services to enhance efficiency and deliver tangible economic impact through chemical, physical and structural analysis of materials.

Underpinned by extensive industry knowledge and technical and applications expertise, Malvern Panalytical instruments are designed to help users better understand a wide variety of materials, ranging from proteins and polymers, particle and nanoparticle suspensions and emulsions, through to sprays and aerosols, industrial bulk powders, minerals and high concentration slurries, and solids, such as metals and building materials, plastics and polymers.

Our technologies enable the measurement of parameters including particle size, shape and concentration, chemical identity, zeta potential, protein charge, molecular weight, mass and conformation, biomolecular interactions and stability, rheological properties, elemental concentrations and crystallographic structures. Highly reliable and robust characterization of these properties is fundamental to predicting how a product will behave during use, to optimizing its performance and achieving manufacturing excellence.

Malvern Panalytical was formed by the merger of the businesses Malvern Instruments and PANalytical, including the companies ASD and Claisse, on 1st January 2017, and employs over 2,000 people worldwide. The combined entity is a strong player and innovator in the materials characterization market and will leverage the strengths of the individual companies in their end markets, ranging from building materials to pharmaceuticals and from metals and mining to nanomaterials. Applications laboratories around the world and a global sales and service presence supported by a strong distributor network ensure unrivalled levels of customer support.

Malvern Panalytical is part of Spectris plc, the productivity-enhancing instruments and controls company.

Simon Lawson

Strategic Technology Leader

Simon joined Malvern Panalytical at the end of May 2020 as the Strategic Technology Leader with responsibility for innovation across all UK-based technology activities.

His career started with a PhD and post doc in engineering ceramics for an ICI subsidiary, followed by a number of years as a research scientist in the nuclear industry, an academic at the University of Limerick and as a project manager for an SME developing industrial uses of LIBS.

In 2000, he joined the University of Leeds as Technology Manager managing the interface between academia and industry. Over 13 years his role developed to be the Director of Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer for all of engineering. During his Leeds ‘life’ he created the ParticlesCIC, founded Intelligent Formulation Ltd and Escubed Ltd. The former to help create the National Centre of Formulation, and the latter a CRO specialising in particle characterisation and R&D. He created Lawson Scientific Ltd to continue his work in particle characterisation in 2018. As well as running his own companies, he has also been CEO or non-executive for a number of start-up SME’s in chemistry/materials science in areas as diverse as lead-free PZT’s to novel coating technologies for catalysts on the inner surface of long narrow bore tubes.

The common theme throughout his professional career has been particle technology, both in terms of particle creation and design through to characterisation.

Stephen Ward-Smith

Segment Marketing Team Head

Steve has worked for Malvern Panalytical for 25 years. First as a laser diffraction technical specialist, then as a technical specialist / key account manager for our multinational customers and is currently market of the segment marketing team for the pharma and food part of the business. This role still involves support and work with our major customers plus involvement in the marketing campaigns in this area.

Steve also runs the Malvern team representation on ISO committees, most notably TC23 SC4 (Particle technology excluding sieving) in which Steve is the convenor of the working group in liquid displacement methods and the shadow convenor of the laser diffraction working group and TC281 in fine bubble technology which he chairs Steve also aids other experts in TC229 (Nanotechnology). Steve is also on the committee of the IChemE particle group, the EFCE particle group and the RSC Particle Technology Special Interest Group.

Steve holds a BSC in Chemistry from the University of Manchester, a Masters in Biomolecular Technology from Leicester University and a PhD in Chemistry from Nottingham University.

Adesile Ajisafe

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Adesile is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Malvern Panalytical within the R&D group. He is a Chartered Engineer with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University College London (UCL) sponsored by Siemens AG.

Adesile has a background in fuel injectors designs, spray droplet analysis, advanced laser diagnostics, optics, engineering design, building test systems, and using advanced numerical analysis and machine learning techniques to advance development. At Malvern Adesile is currently responsible for delivering the R&T Pat4Nano project working within R&D and closely with the Process team.

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