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Excellent course covering all aspects of working with powdersTeva Pharmaceuticals
Ideal for anyone looking for a broad overview of the current best approaches to powder characterisation and a deeper dive into powder mechanics fundamentalsProctor & Gamble

What will I learn?

This short course will outline the principles and methods for characterising the chemical, physical and mechanical properties of powders at length scales ranging from molecular level to single particles and to bulk levels. Sample preparation and the state-of-the-art techniques for particle characterisation will be detailed.

How will I benefit?

The course is delivered by over 10 presenters with internationally-leading expertise in their own speciality fields. The outcome of the course should enable you to choose what and how to characterise the powder and suspension properties, and to diagnose particular process and product issues of interest.


  • Dr David Berry, Durham University
  • Dr Colin Hare, University of Surrey
  • Professor Norman Harmby, University of Bradford
  • Dr Jerry Heng, Imperial College
  • Dr Csaba Sinka, University of Leicester
  • Dr Tina Bonakdar, University of Leeds
  • Professor Mojtaba Ghadiri, University of Leeds
  • Dr David Harbottle, University of Leeds
  • Dr Mehrdad Pasha, University of Leeds
  • Dr Umair Zafar, University of Leeds

Day 1: Characterisation of Physical Properties of Particles

Sampling and sample preparation for particle characterisation

  • Origins of problems in particle property analysis
  • Sampling from particulate systems
  • Sample preparation

Particle size analysis

  • Principles of size analysis
  • State-of-the-art instruments for particle sizing

Particle shape and structure characterisation

  • Shape and shape description
  • Surface morphology and structure
  • Application to density determination

Suspension rheology

  • Introduction to the principles of suspension rheology
  • Particle structuring in suspensions
  • Measurement of suspension rheology

Bulk flow of powders

  • Cohesive and free-flowing powders
  • Segregation and structure
  • Application of characteristics to process design

Course Dinner – Leeds

Day 2: Characterisation of Mechanical Properties of Particles

Mechanical properties of powders

  • Introduction to mechanical properties of powder
  • Characterisation of deformation and breakage of particles
  • Characterisation by nano-indentation
  • Particle breakage under brittle and semi-brittle failure modes
  • Impact and side crushing of single particles
  • Bulk compression and crushing

Bulk characterisation of powders

  • Shear cells and powder rheometry
  • Frictional properties
  • Consolidation and unconfined yield stress

Electrostatics in powder systems

  • Fundamentals of tribo-electrification of powders
  • Measurements of tribo-electrification of powders
  • Industrial applications of electrostatics in powder systems

Instrument demonstrations

Day 3: Characterisation of Chemical Properties of Particles


  • Principles
  • Measurement techniques
  • State-of-art in the field

Solubility and dissolution of particles

  • Principles
  • Applications

Tabletting and compaction of powders

  • Fundamentals of tabletting and compaction of powders
  • Industrial use of tabletting and compaction

Determination of Powder Surface Energy and Surface Chemistry

  • Principles
  • Applications to powders
The course is designed on a single topic per day, enabling delegates to attend the full course or single days most relevant to them. The following course fees include the cost of tuition, course materials, lunches and light refreshments for the day(s) of attendance:

£1200 – Full course
£400 – Any one day

Discounted fees apply to postgraduate students.

The course is intended for scientists, engineers and technologists wishing to gain a better understanding of powder characteristics to enable them to address powder handling, processing and manufacturing issues from a fundamental base.

This course is developed by the School of Chemical and Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering.

Course Directors:

Prof Mojtaba Ghadiri
Dr Vincenzino Vivacqua

Further details are available at:


The course venue will be the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Leeds. Please note, car parking for visitors is unavailable at the University. The nearest public car park is Woodhouse Lane (multi storey) at LS1 3HQ.


Delegates are responsible for their own accommodation, if required. A list of hotels close to the University is available on request.

Booking for this course should be completed through our secure Online Store. To complete your booking please follow the instructions below:

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You will receive an automatic confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking.

For online booking queries and for all other enquiries please contact:

Jenny Carter
CPD Conference and Events Co-ordinator
CPD, Conference and Events Unit
Engineering Research & Innovation Service
Faculty of Engineering
c/o School of Civil Engineering, Room G.04
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
T: +44 (0)113 343 0893