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  • New IMO Sulfur Cap for marine fuels

    New low-sulfur blends expected as soon as in 2019

    With the new Sulfur cap the requirements for new types of fuel blends will only rise in 2019 and following years. 
    Suppliers will be faced with compatibility problems of new formulations and need to characterise the impact of new additives such as antifouling agents, asphaltenes inhibitors, etc on long term stability.

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  • Have you missed our last webinar ?

    You can still register

    On 31st October we talked about Complete Characterization of your Formulations Dispersibility, Stability, Particle Size, Dispersion & Redispersion All done with 1 instrument: The Turbiscan.
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  • New collaboration

    between Formulaction and SDTech Nano

    We constantly work with industrial and academia partners to provide adapted solutions that answer targeted problems. We have recently started collaborating with SDTech Nano
    This new technological platform specialises in fabrication, characterization and process development of nanopowders and nanosuspensions. 
    Together with SDTech Nano we focus on studying the impact of  nanoparticle suspensions grinding on particle size and physical stability. 

  • Upcoming Webinars

    Register now for our upcoming events

    On February the 2nd at 11 AM (CET) 
    Turbiscan Webinar: Measuring average particle size without dilution. 

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    On February the 8th at 11AM (EST) 
    US Webinar: Introduction to the TSI - Turbiscan Stability Index - a simple method for rapid stability ranking and evaluation.

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  • Formulaction's sport spirit

    This summer we show our sporting form!!

    In July we participated in a 10 km run around the beautiful Toulouse city along with 3000 other runners!

Articles

Opportunities in bunker fuel supply industry: Challenges & Solutions

nov 07 2018

Approaching deadline for Sulfur Cap at 0,5% requires fast compliance 
Recent restrictions on Sulfur Oxides emissions in ships are to be enforced by 2020. The IMO - International Marine Organization - has decided on limiting the maximum amount allowed to 0,5%, a cap that has already been established in Europe and Americas but still needs to be applied worldwide. Tens of thousands of ships are affected and time to comply is short. 

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Innovative Material Characterization Using Formulaction Solutions

oct 29 2018

Materials science is the complex interdisciplinary field associated with the discovery, manufacture, and application of novel material arrangements. It is fundamentally concerned with understanding the physiochemical structure of a liquid, solid, or amorphous material, as well as its properties, performance, and processing capabilities. These overarching principles are known as material characterization.

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Thermal Stability of Creams, Ointments, and Other Cosmetics by Non-Contact Technology

oct 19 2018

Microstructural thermal stability determines the likelihood of a material to undergo phase transitions in response to thermal stress, which may occur due to the manufacturing process or storage conditions. It is a critical metric in the formulation of complex solutions containing lipids such as fatty molecules or oils.

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Exploring the Industrial Applications of the Fluidicam Rheometer

sep 28 2018

Rheological studies of complex materials used in various industries (Coating, Pharma, Food…) are a challenging task which requires strong expertise. The measurement range and operating conditions are often limited due to the material structure (i.e. risk of denaturation) and the instrument used, which may require extrapolation and modelisation of data. Rheometers are used to analyse the complex flow characteristics of materials by subjecting a sample to various types of stress, such as shear stress and deformation. Established rheometric instruments require various geometries to provoke changes in samples and determine the relationship between measured parameters (shear viscosity, elastic and viscous moduli, etc.) and applied force. These measurements require deep knowledge of rheology and fluid mechanics in order to perform high quality analysis. It is essential to properly adapt the geometry to the measured fluid properties and conditions.

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Stability Testing of Pharmaceutical Dispersions

oct 05 2018

Pharmaceutical products comprise strictly controlled ratios of inert carrier media to biologically active ingredients (AIs). The carrier is designed to act as a delivery method for the active ingredient to facilitate the drug’s therapeutic action with enhanced locality. Solid phase pharmaceuticals such as capsules and tablets are basic in terms of their target specificity. These drugs must be ingested before the AIs can permeate through the blood barrier, often with significant delays before any therapeutic action occurs.

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Analysis of Concentrated Graphene Dispersions

sep 17 2018

Graphene is a unique material with electromechanical properties which have sparked a revolution in the field of materials science. Although allotropic with carbon, graphene exhibits behavior between that of a metal and a non-metal. It can be described as a semiconductor like silicon, although with vastly improved electrical conductivity. This is because graphene is comprised of a single sheet of carbon-carbon bonds arranged in a two-dimensional lattice, representing a longer mean free path for electrons to travel through. Alongside these outstanding electrical properties, graphene is incredibly strong, lightweight, and formable – but these properties are difficult to reproduce.

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Stability Tests for Electronic Applications

sep 11 2018

The stability of suspensions used for the electronic field is critical for guaranteeing the level of quality associated with high-technology end-products. For example, ultra-high definition displays rely on unique optical coatings and surface engineering of thin film structures to generate images of high-quality. Chemical-mechanical polishing (CMP) uses slurries to polish the surfaces of semiconducting materials. The functionalities of fuel cells and batteries are improved with solution-processed nanoparticle coatings. There are myriad examples of the use of suspensions in established and cutting-edge electronic applications. Stability tests of suspensions can ensure that electronic devices in commercial and industrial spaces are fit for requirement.

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Particle Size Analysis through Static Multiple Light Scattering

jul 19 2018

Particle size analysis is critical for characterizing the physiochemical properties of heterogenous solutions such as emulsions. It is important to not only measure the size of dispersed media (solid particles, droplets, nanobubbles) but also monitor their evolution. Thus, the measurement is best to be done in the native form, without dilution or mechanical stress to determine the accurate stability and ageing properties.

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What Affects Colloidal Stability?

jul 19 2018

Colloidal stability refers to the long-term integrity of a dispersion and its ability to resist phenomena such as sedimentation or particle aggregation. This is typically defined by the time that dispersed phase particles can remain suspended. Metastable colloids can still present instabilities with time, which can cause small molecules to coagulate and form larger particles.

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Scientific Analysis: Measuring Bulk Rheology with Non-Contact Techniques

jul 19 2018

Viscoelasticity refers to the unique deformation characteristics of a material that exhibits both viscosity and elasticity, displaying time-dependent strain to applied forces. Scientific analysis of viscosity is typically concerned with the flow behavior of materials when subjected to mechanical agitation such as torque or pressure over a defined period. This rheological method presents complications for the accurate scientific analysis of complex viscoelastic formulations, as it provides insufficient information about the physiochemical structure of the product.

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