Welcome to the latest issue of MC MATTERS, with news on Thermo Scientific™ extrusion and compounding systems, rheometry and viscometry, as well as information on seminars, expert tips and much more!

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Laboratory Products

Discover Unlimited Capabilities with the
Modular HAAKE MARS Rheology Platform

Whether you are interested in a robust and reliable rheometer for standard applications in quality control, or in an open rheometer platform for a maximum of flexibility, the Thermo Scientific™ HAAKE™ MARS™ rheometer system is the instrument of choice. The HAAKE MARS rheometer is easily configured for the individual needs of both beginners and experts:

  • Nano torque capabilities for everyday use such as interfacial rheology
  • Extended normal force capabilities for applications such as texture analysis
  • Combined techniques to investigate rheological properties on a molecular level using FTIR, Raman, Microscopy

Learn more about the next generation of HAAKE MARS rheometers through our new video, and see how they can help automate your workflow.

Watch the Thermo Scientific HAAKE MARS Systems video.
New HAAKE Viscotester iQ Rheometer for
High Pressure Measurement Applications

After a successful launch in 2014, the Thermo Scientific™ HAAKE™ Viscotester™ iQ rheometer has received two design awards in 2015. In industries such as food, cosmetics, paints, inks, and polymers, it has become established as THE quality control rheometer. The unique oscillation-mode measurement capabilities of the HAAKE Viscotester iQ rheometer also makes it an ideal teaching tool for understanding key principles of rheology.

In the next chapter of this success story, we are excited to present a new portable HAAKE Viscotester iQ rheometer design for measuring materials under pressure of up to 600 bar. This pressure range is ideal for determining the rheological behavior of crude oil, drilling fluids, and fracturing fluids.

If you are interested in a live demonstration of the HAAKE Viscotester iQ rheometer please email us at

Learn more about the new portable HAAKE Viscotester iQ by downloading our product information guide.

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Pharma Products

The Influence of Additives on the Extrusion Process, and Rheological Properties of Pharma Polymers

Within the pharmaceutical formulation process, hot melt extrusion (HME) has become an important technique to overcome bioavailability challenges. Recent tests have shown that the addition of additives to pharmaceutical polymers can help optimize extrusion process conditions such as melt temperature and flow behavior, and also influence a material’s rheological properties. Download the Thermo Scientific application note to read the results of these investigations in more detail.

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The Thermo Scientific™ Pharma 11 Twin-screw extruder is designed specifically for pharmaceutical applications to minimize material costs, be easier to use and optimize laboratory space.

Process Products

Compounding Nanoclay Blends Using Twin Screw Extruders

The application of nanomaterials in consumer markets is growing rapidly. Used to develop new polymer compounds, they help improve material characteristics in the fields of flame resistance, barrier properties or toughness. The automotive industry is frequently searching for alternatives to bulky materials, and drives considerable research in this field.

Using a Thermo Scientific™ HAAKE™ PolyLab OS mixer and extruder system, our application report analyzes how PA and PP polymers can be compounded with commercially available nanoclay master batches to provide the basis for successful nanocomposite formulation and development.

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Webinar: Methods of Viscosity Measurements

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► Webinar: Methods of Viscosity Measurements 



As a sign of customer appreciation and for the end of 2015, RheoSense presents a viscometer give-away and other prizes for all those completing our end-of-year survey. The following prizes will be awarded:

  • One Grand Prize: A microVISC viscometer* + 50$ Amazon Gift Card
  • Five Second Prizes: 50$ Amazon Gift Cards
  • All participants providing a referral to a friend or college will receive a 10% discount* in all RheoSense products and services

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Webinar: Methods of Viscosity Measurements

December 16, 2015 | 11:00 am PST

‘How to measure viscosity?’
In this webinar, we examine how great engineering minds have tackled this question over the years.

We trace the historical development of viscosity and viscometers; starting with the fundamental principles established by Sir Isaac Newton and leading up to modern-day viscometry methods.

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*Please note, all webinar sign ups will be given an extra entry on our Holiday Viscometer Giveaway!


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Upcoming Conference


Join the upcoming MRS OnDemand Webinar

Mesoscale Materials, Phenomena and Functionality
Presented by MRS Bulletin
November 18 | 12:00 – 1:30pm ET
Host: John Sarrao, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Attendance for this and all MRS OnDemand Webinars if FREE, but advance registration is required.

The mesoscale domain where atomic granularity, quantization of energy, and simplicity of structure and function give way to continuous matter and energy, complex structures, and composite functionalities, represents a new scientific frontier. The November 2015 issue of MRS Bulletin explores some of the hallmarks of mesoscale materials science and highlights current and new research directions. This webinar will expand on some of the areas of mesoscale science explored in the articles in this issue of MRS Bulletin.

Integration of Computation and Experiment for Discovery and Design of Nanoparticle Self-Assembly
– Sharon Glotzer, University of Michigan
– Nicholas Kotov, University of Michigan

Instrumentation for In-Situ Mechanical Characterization: Nano to Meso
– Douglas Stauffer, Hysitron, Inc.

Bonus Talk:
Understanding and Manipulating Mesoscale Ferroic Domain Patterns
– Long-Qing Chen, The Pennsylvania State University

NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Automatic Viscometer, VROC initium September 30, 2015 | 11:00 am (PST)

This webinar will introduce RheoSense’s automatic, high throughput viscometer, VROC® initium. Attendees will get the first sneak peek of the instrument and data.
Key Features Include:
  • 10 microliters
  • 40 Vial Rack/96 Well Plate
  • Unattended Measurements
Major Applications of VROC® initium Include: 

  • High Throughput Screening with Viscosity
  • Protein Therapeutics — Stability & Injectability
  • Kinetics of Chemical Reaction and Degradation
  • Intrinsic Viscosity — Protein & Polymer Size
  • Solubility
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Monitoring oil viscosity as a function of temperature

Webinar :
Oil Viscosity — ​ ​
September 23, 2015
11:00 am (PST)

Monitoring oil viscosity as a function of temperature and shear rate is essential for many reasons including:

– Ensuring Oil Quality
– Oil Characterization Under Different Conditions
– Detecting Oxidation (Decay)
– Improving performance of engines & preventing mechanical failure
– Reducing wear, inhibiting corrosion, improving sealing and cooling
​This webinar will cover the analysis and characterization of oils across temperature and shear rate ranges, along with the importance of such characterization. In addition, it will cover the estimation of high-temperature viscosity values utilizing room-temperature viscosity measurement and ASTM D341.

Thermo scientific webinar

Twin Screw Processes in Pharma

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Session 1 (Europe)
2:00 p.m. (CET) /
1:00 p.m. (GMT/UTC)

Session 2 (North America)
11:00 a.m. EDT /
3:00 p.m. (GMT/UTC)


1 hour


Scientists, engineers and managers in research, process development and production, desiring a glimpse into the various areas of application for twin screw extruders in the pharmaceutical industry.


Hot Melt Extrusion (HME) has been advancing for a number of years for formulating active ingredients with low solubility. The HME process will be presented and discussed in detail using practical examples. The use of the extruder will be presented for moisture extrusion and granulation.


Application specialists for the pharmaceutical industry



Upcoming Webinar – Contact Resonance Tools for AFM Nanomechanics

Donna Hurley, National Institute of Standards & Technology
Roger Proksch, Asylum Research, an Oxford Instruments Company

ContactResonanceNanoscale information on mechanical properties is critical for many advanced materials and nanotechnology applications. Atomic Force Microscopy techniques for probing mechanical properties of samples in the nanometer range have emerged over the past decades. In contrast to the large number of techniques for softer samples, few techniques are capable of measuring moduli in the 1-200 GPa range. One technique, Contact Resonance (CR), has proven to work very well in this range. CR methods operate in contact mode with dynamic excitation near a cantilever resonant frequency, enabling sensitive measurements over a wide range of materials. Moreover, analysis of the CR peak frequency and quality factor yields accurate, quantitative data on elastic modulus and viscoelastic damping.

In this webinar, we’ll explain the basic concepts of measurements with different CR approaches including:

• Point spectroscopy
• Qualitative contrast imaging
• Quantitative mapping

We’ll also discuss practical implementation of contact resonance to a variety of samples and some of the pitfalls and artifacts you might encounter. Finally, we’ll present results on how CR methods have been used to improve understanding of systems such as:

• Composites
• Thin films
• Biomaterials
• Polymer blends

The nanomechanical characterization capabilities of CR methods, as you will come to learn, are an essential tool for the development, production, and in-situ monitoring of today’s and tomorrow’s materials.

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Free Webinar May 22 Getting Started with AFM in Biology – It’s Easier Than You Think

DNAHelix.093645Register Now8:00-9:00am PDT
​4:00-5:00pm PDT

You may be a biologist new to the AFM or an AFM expert starting to study biology. When you first start out, using an AFM for biological applications can seem overwhelming. Although there are challenges for successful AFM in biology, we’ll show you it’s easier than you think!

Sample prep is a critical part of successful Bio-AFM. There are some basic principles that help insure success. However, life is complex and so are biological samples – with variations as large as the number of researchers. Thus, at the same time, you will need to be flexible – your samples may require a prep that is tweaked and tailored a bit to optimize your results. Working in liquid adds another challenge. In addition, the choice of measurement mode may not be obvious. Do I want to use tapping mode? Force curves? Contact Mode? Finally, there is a long list of commercial cantilevers available and choosing the best one can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

The Webinar presents four case studies of typical biological samples

1. Imaging DNA in liquid – including routine helix resolution
2. Imaging living cells in liquid
3. Measuring Young’s modulus of living cells
4. Unfolding forces in Titin

In each case we will discuss sample prep, lever and measurement mode choice and follow up with data interpretation and cautionary examples of experimental artifacts. The goal of this webinar is to give you the confidence to repeat these experiments yourself and then extending them to fit your own research.

About the lecturer

Irene Revenko is one of the world’s leading experts in Bio AFM. She is a staff scientist at Asylum Research and has over 19 years of AFM experience. She initiated the first bio-classes at Asylum Research in 2002 and since then has taken many students from their first AFM measurements through cutting edge results.

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Witec Workshop – May 24th, 2013

WITec 3D Raman Imaging Meets AFM, SNOM and Profilometry Workshop. May 24th, 2013 – Université de Montréal

This workshop will give a detailed introduction to the operational principles and instrumental configurations relevant to confocal Raman and Scanning Probe Microscopy (AFM, SNOM, Pulsed Force Mode). Our Speakers will cover several aspects of Raman and SPM imaging and their fields of applications. An extensive system demonstration gives the participants the opportunity to see this knowledge applied using an alpha300 RSA (combined AFM & SNOM Confocal Raman Microscope).

Scientists interested in how to chemically identify and image the compounds of a sample at the highest spatial resolution are invited to participate. Typical research fields for confocal Raman imaging are nanotechnology, pharmaceutics and cosmetics, materials and polymer sciences, archaeology and geoscience, forensics, coatings, thin films and all fields where a clear identification of the distribution of chemical compounds is a necessity.


Friday, 24th May 2013
09.30 Welcome
09.45 Wei Liu – Introduction to Confocal Raman Imaging
10.15 Sylvain Cloutier – Hybrid Nanocrystal-based Heterostructures for Opto-Electronis
10.45 Klaus Weishaupt – 3D Raman Imaging Meets AFM, SNOM and Profilometry
11.30 Jean-Francois Masson – Characterization of photonics nanomaterials for plasmonic sensors
12.00 Lunch & Equipment Demonstration

The workshop is free of charge but it requires registration due to limited availability of places. In order to register, please contact Murielle Johnson at or 905-502-2088

Click here and download the May 24th 3D Raman Imaging Meets AFM, SNOM and Profilometry Workshop PDF for full program details.