Characterisation Resources

Instrument suppliers' websites




TA Instruments

Particle Size Distribution

Malvern application notes - Malvern have produced a range of useful application notes regarding the use of the Mastersizer 3000 and wet dispersion method development in particular.  A range of live and recorded Webinars and presentations are also available regarding the use of laser diffraction.

You can register for free at the Malvern website (click here)

Luxpop - the Luxpop site is a useful resource for determining Refractive Index, needed when using Mie Theory to analyse diffraction patterns.

Access the Luxpop website here

Refractive Index Database - access this at

Certified standards

British Standards Online - access is available to the British Standards library for University members. Pure British Standards (BS) and International Standards from ISO are available for download.

Access is available by connecting to the BSOL website below - you'll be prompted to log in to MUSE as necessary.

British Standards Online

(To view documents online using the 'Quick view' option, you need to have Microsoft Silverlight installed on your computer. Silverlight is free to download from Microsoft. (If you don't have Silverlight installed, you can still download documents as PDFs.)

ASTM standards and engineering digital library - access is available to the ASTM International standards library via Muse. Connect to the ASTM Compass website below - you'll be prompted to log in to MUSE as necessary. Please note that ASTM require you to agree to their license terms every time you access the resource.

Connect to ASTM Compass


Wave number / wavelength converter -  click here for the converter

Pike - a range of useful application notes relating to different methods of FTIR investigation are available from Pike Technologies.

Pike Technologies

Weekly online events

Attend an online event when it suits you, all year round, as an alternative to an open day.

Every Wednesday, Sheffield Live sessions cover different aspects of University life. You can also meet your department and learn more about studying your subject.