Materials Characterisation

The physical properties of a material will determine how it behaves in terms of processability, flowability, compaction, strength, dissolution, solubility and compatibility. These will effect its safety, efficiency and stability.

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Materials Characterisation

We are highly experienced in the measurement of these properties on a wide range of materials including active ingredients, excipients and formulated products. Our expertise covers all stages of development, registration and manufacturing and we can help you define the optimal solid form and provide critical characterisation over a broad range of attributes.

We support routine measurements, advanced characterisation and troubleshooting, bespoke method development and validation for all stages of the product development and manufacturing pipeline, from our GMP laboratories.

Materials Characterisation


Inverse Gas Chromatography, Dynamic Vapour Sorption and Fourier Transform Infrared Analysis
(Chemical Structure, Surface Energy, Solvent Interaction, Hygroscopicity)


Particle Image and Electron Microscopy Analysis
(Morphology, Appearance, Sphericity, and Aspect Ratio)


Laser Diffraction and Microscopy Analysis
(Particle Size Distribution)


Gas Adsorption Analysis
(Specific Surface Area and Porosity)


Powder X-ray Diffraction and Differential Scanning Calorimetry
(Structure, Polymorphs, Amorphous Content, Solvates, Hydrates, Glass Transition and Melting Point)


Pycnometry, Tap and Bulk
(Relative Volume)

DDS Impurity and Contamination Centre of Excellence

Impurity and Contamination Centre of Excellence

Our Impurity and Contamination Centre of Excellence are experts in the identification and quantification of trace impurities in a wide range of materials used throughout the global pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.

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DDS Solid Form Screening and Selection Centre of Excellence

Solid Form Screening and Selection Centre of Excellence

Our Solid Form Screening and Selection Centre of Excellence builds on our expertise in Materials Science analysis to offer discovery of high quality crystalline forms of small molecule development candidates.

The centre is supported by expert and experienced materials science analysis using a wide range of analytical techniques operating to the highest quality standards.

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