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Keep up to date on Wyatt Technology training and events: live webinars, short courses on the applications of light scattering, and upcoming Regional/Topical User Meetings and Light Scattering University dates.

Light Scattering University

Training in the US and Canada

Light Scattering University The acclaimed course, held in Santa Barbara, CA – the "American Riviera" – that's guaranteed to:

  • demystify light scattering,
  • work you hard, but feed you well, and, of course,
  • explain how to get the most from your Wyatt Technology equipment.

When you enroll for LSU you can expect three days of intensive hardware and software training at Wyatt's Santa Barbara headquarters. You can also expect to have a lot of fun, even though you're working hard!

To schedule training at Wyatt's headquarters in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, please refer to LSU Training Dates - US. On the same page you may find dates for less frequent MALS short courses offered in Woburn, MA.

Training in Europe

  • For training at Wyatt's facility in Dernbach, Germany, please refer to LSU Training Dates - Germany. English and German classes are available per the schedule.

Customer Testimonials

quote Thank you for your help, Wyatt Technology has the best customer service of any company with which I have ever done business. My gratitude to you and your colleagues. quote


- W.V., Government Entity


quote Just a few words to express my appreciation about the three-day training I just attended in Santa Barbara. I had been told about the kindness and generosity of Wyatt's people, but last week I was able to realize to what extent. The course, the hotel, the meals, the discussions with all of you, everything was great! I must say that I also enjoyed the three extra days of vacation I took to visit Santa Barbara, Solvang, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos. I love your mountains and waterfront. I will never forget this experience. quote


- M.M., Consumer Product Company


quote I could not be happier with the DynaPro Plate Reader II. It operates extremely well! [The Wyatt Representative] is an outstanding representative and has also provided us with a very high level of service. Wyatt really has been an outstanding company to work with. quote


- A.L., Pharmaceutical Company


quote This is easily one of the most informative training courses I have attended. It was presented in a good format with lectures mixed with hands-on experience, and had enthusiastic, informed instructors!  quote


- A.C., Pharmaceutical Company


quote LSU was fun, worthwhile and an unforgettable experience. From the first lecture to the closing remarks, it was all enlightened education: well-organized, useful and interesting. I am grateful beyond description. Your group showed me a highly sophisticated and informative technology, state-of-the-art in analytical chemistry. quote


- T.E., Consumer Product Company


quote Thank you for your help, Wyatt Technology has the best customer service of any company with which I have ever done business. My gratitude to you and your colleagues. quote


- W.V., Government Entity


quote Just a few words to express my appreciation about the three-day training I just attended in Santa Barbara. I had been told about the kindness and generosity of Wyatt's people, but last week I was able to realize to what extent. The course, the hotel, the meals, the discussions with all of you, everything was great! I must say that I also enjoyed the three extra days of vacation I took to visit Santa Barbara, Solvang, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos. I love your mountains and waterfront. I will never forget this experience. quote


- M.M., Consumer Product Company


quote I could not be happier with the DynaPro Plate Reader II. It operates extremely well! [The Wyatt Representative] is an outstanding representative and has also provided us with a very high level of service. Wyatt really has been an outstanding company to work with. quote


- A.L., Pharmaceutical Company


quote This is easily one of the most informative training courses I have attended. It was presented in a good format with lectures mixed with hands-on experience, and had enthusiastic, informed instructors!  quote


- A.C., Pharmaceutical Company


quote LSU was fun, worthwhile and an unforgettable experience. From the first lecture to the closing remarks, it was all enlightened education: well-organized, useful and interesting. I am grateful beyond description. Your group showed me a highly sophisticated and informative technology, state-of-the-art in analytical chemistry. quote


- T.E., Consumer Product Company


quote Thank you for your help, Wyatt Technology has the best customer service of any company with which I have ever done business. My gratitude to you and your colleagues. quote


- W.V., Government Entity


quote Just a few words to express my appreciation about the three-day training I just attended in Santa Barbara. I had been told about the kindness and generosity of Wyatt's people, but last week I was able to realize to what extent. The course, the hotel, the meals, the discussions with all of you, everything was great! I must say that I also enjoyed the three extra days of vacation I took to visit Santa Barbara, Solvang, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos. I love your mountains and waterfront. I will never forget this experience. quote


- M.M., Consumer Product Company


quote I could not be happier with the DynaPro Plate Reader II. It operates extremely well! [The Wyatt Representative] is an outstanding representative and has also provided us with a very high level of service. Wyatt really has been an outstanding company to work with. quote


- A.L., Pharmaceutical Company


quote This is easily one of the most informative training courses I have attended. It was presented in a good format with lectures mixed with hands-on experience, and had enthusiastic, informed instructors!  quote


- A.C., Pharmaceutical Company


quote LSU was fun, worthwhile and an unforgettable experience. From the first lecture to the closing remarks, it was all enlightened education: well-organized, useful and interesting. I am grateful beyond description. Your group showed me a highly sophisticated and informative technology, state-of-the-art in analytical chemistry. quote


- T.E., Consumer Product Company


quote Thank you for your help, Wyatt Technology has the best customer service of any company with which I have ever done business. My gratitude to you and your colleagues. quote


- W.V., Government Entity


quote Just a few words to express my appreciation about the three-day training I just attended in Santa Barbara. I had been told about the kindness and generosity of Wyatt's people, but last week I was able to realize to what extent. The course, the hotel, the meals, the discussions with all of you, everything was great! I must say that I also enjoyed the three extra days of vacation I took to visit Santa Barbara, Solvang, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos. I love your mountains and waterfront. I will never forget this experience. quote


- M.M., Consumer Product Company


quote I could not be happier with the DynaPro Plate Reader II. It operates extremely well! [The Wyatt Representative] is an outstanding representative and has also provided us with a very high level of service. Wyatt really has been an outstanding company to work with. quote


- A.L., Pharmaceutical Company


quote This is easily one of the most informative training courses I have attended. It was presented in a good format with lectures mixed with hands-on experience, and had enthusiastic, informed instructors!  quote


- A.C., Pharmaceutical Company


quote LSU was fun, worthwhile and an unforgettable experience. From the first lecture to the closing remarks, it was all enlightened education: well-organized, useful and interesting. I am grateful beyond description. Your group showed me a highly sophisticated and informative technology, state-of-the-art in analytical chemistry. quote


- T.E., Consumer Product Company


quote Thank you for your help, Wyatt Technology has the best customer service of any company with which I have ever done business. My gratitude to you and your colleagues. quote


- W.V., Government Entity


quote Just a few words to express my appreciation about the three-day training I just attended in Santa Barbara. I had been told about the kindness and generosity of Wyatt's people, but last week I was able to realize to what extent. The course, the hotel, the meals, the discussions with all of you, everything was great! I must say that I also enjoyed the three extra days of vacation I took to visit Santa Barbara, Solvang, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos. I love your mountains and waterfront. I will never forget this experience. quote


- M.M., Consumer Product Company


quote I could not be happier with the DynaPro Plate Reader II. It operates extremely well! [The Wyatt Representative] is an outstanding representative and has also provided us with a very high level of service. Wyatt really has been an outstanding company to work with. quote


- A.L., Pharmaceutical Company


quote This is easily one of the most informative training courses I have attended. It was presented in a good format with lectures mixed with hands-on experience, and had enthusiastic, informed instructors!  quote


- A.C., Pharmaceutical Company


quote LSU was fun, worthwhile and an unforgettable experience. From the first lecture to the closing remarks, it was all enlightened education: well-organized, useful and interesting. I am grateful beyond description. Your group showed me a highly sophisticated and informative technology, state-of-the-art in analytical chemistry. quote


- T.E., Consumer Product Company


quote Thank you for your help, Wyatt Technology has the best customer service of any company with which I have ever done business. My gratitude to you and your colleagues. quote


- W.V., Government Entity


quote Just a few words to express my appreciation about the three-day training I just attended in Santa Barbara. I had been told about the kindness and generosity of Wyatt's people, but last week I was able to realize to what extent. The course, the hotel, the meals, the discussions with all of you, everything was great! I must say that I also enjoyed the three extra days of vacation I took to visit Santa Barbara, Solvang, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos. I love your mountains and waterfront. I will never forget this experience. quote


- M.M., Consumer Product Company


quote I could not be happier with the DynaPro Plate Reader II. It operates extremely well! [The Wyatt Representative] is an outstanding representative and has also provided us with a very high level of service. Wyatt really has been an outstanding company to work with. quote


- A.L., Pharmaceutical Company


quote This is easily one of the most informative training courses I have attended. It was presented in a good format with lectures mixed with hands-on experience, and had enthusiastic, informed instructors!  quote


- A.C., Pharmaceutical Company


quote LSU was fun, worthwhile and an unforgettable experience. From the first lecture to the closing remarks, it was all enlightened education: well-organized, useful and interesting. I am grateful beyond description. Your group showed me a highly sophisticated and informative technology, state-of-the-art in analytical chemistry. quote


- T.E., Consumer Product Company


quote Thank you for your help, Wyatt Technology has the best customer service of any company with which I have ever done business. My gratitude to you and your colleagues. quote


- W.V., Government Entity


quote Just a few words to express my appreciation about the three-day training I just attended in Santa Barbara. I had been told about the kindness and generosity of Wyatt's people, but last week I was able to realize to what extent. The course, the hotel, the meals, the discussions with all of you, everything was great! I must say that I also enjoyed the three extra days of vacation I took to visit Santa Barbara, Solvang, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos. I love your mountains and waterfront. I will never forget this experience. quote


- M.M., Consumer Product Company


quote I could not be happier with the DynaPro Plate Reader II. It operates extremely well! [The Wyatt Representative] is an outstanding representative and has also provided us with a very high level of service. Wyatt really has been an outstanding company to work with. quote


- A.L., Pharmaceutical Company


quote This is easily one of the most informative training courses I have attended. It was presented in a good format with lectures mixed with hands-on experience, and had enthusiastic, informed instructors!  quote


- A.C., Pharmaceutical Company


quote LSU was fun, worthwhile and an unforgettable experience. From the first lecture to the closing remarks, it was all enlightened education: well-organized, useful and interesting. I am grateful beyond description. Your group showed me a highly sophisticated and informative technology, state-of-the-art in analytical chemistry. quote


- T.E., Consumer Product Company


quote Thank you for your help, Wyatt Technology has the best customer service of any company with which I have ever done business. My gratitude to you and your colleagues. quote


- W.V., Government Entity


quote Just a few words to express my appreciation about the three-day training I just attended in Santa Barbara. I had been told about the kindness and generosity of Wyatt's people, but last week I was able to realize to what extent. The course, the hotel, the meals, the discussions with all of you, everything was great! I must say that I also enjoyed the three extra days of vacation I took to visit Santa Barbara, Solvang, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos. I love your mountains and waterfront. I will never forget this experience. quote


- M.M., Consumer Product Company


quote I could not be happier with the DynaPro Plate Reader II. It operates extremely well! [The Wyatt Representative] is an outstanding representative and has also provided us with a very high level of service. Wyatt really has been an outstanding company to work with. quote


- A.L., Pharmaceutical Company


quote This is easily one of the most informative training courses I have attended. It was presented in a good format with lectures mixed with hands-on experience, and had enthusiastic, informed instructors!  quote


- A.C., Pharmaceutical Company


quote LSU was fun, worthwhile and an unforgettable experience. From the first lecture to the closing remarks, it was all enlightened education: well-organized, useful and interesting. I am grateful beyond description. Your group showed me a highly sophisticated and informative technology, state-of-the-art in analytical chemistry. quote


- T.E., Consumer Product Company


  • Outstanding!

    Often described by participants as the best instrument user training they have ever attended, Light Scattering University (LSU) is an intensive three-day experience that combines hard work, good food and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. LSU operates on two main campuses: at Wyatt Technology Headquarters in Santa Barbara, CA, USA, where attendees enjoy the famously comfortable and sunny Santa Barbara climate, and at Wyatt Technology Europe in Dernbach, Germany, with easy access from much of Europe.

    Both campuses offer monthly training courses. In Germany, half of the courses are offered in German. LSU extensions provide training less frequently: in Waltham, MA, USA and on occasion French-language LSU is offered in Toulouse, France.

    Why attend?

    LSU is designed to get you up and running with your Wyatt instruments as quickly as possible. The syllabus includes light scattering theory and lots of hands-on work with MALS instruments and ASTRA software. You'll also get an introduction to dynamic light scattering and some of the advanced techniques such as field-flow fractionation and composition-gradient light scattering. Pass the exams and you'll receive a Master of Light Scattering certificate, in Latin, guaranteed to impress your boss and coworkers!

    Many trainees come away from LSU inspired with new ideas for how light scattering can solve some of their analytical challenges. One of the favorite aspects of LSU mentioned by attendees is the opportunity to meet and work with the scientists and engineers behind the products as well as support staff that they usually only speak with over the phone. Another (available only in Santa Barbara) is the Light Scattering Museum tour, led by none other than Dr. Philip Wyatt, inventor and pioneer of MALS detectors.

    DynaLSU is a comparable two-day course for users of DynaPro or Möbiuζ instruments. Many Santa Barbara LSU attendees elect to add a fourth day for extra training on their Eclipse, ViscoStar or Calypso instruments. Dernbach attendees may elect advanced training on field flow fractionation, including theory, installation, operation, and method development. For more details, please explore the Light Scattering University training options.

    It's personal

    The lessons are a combination of lectures, seminars, hands-on lab work, quizzes, and individual instruction based upon the background and applications of each student. With a low ratio of students per instructor, there is ample time for individual help and small group work.

    Students are encouraged to bring their light scattering data files for individual consultations.

    Schmooze!

    Social time is also scheduled to allow the students to learn from each other and to interact with Wyatt staff in a relaxed atmosphere. We encourage all attendees to join the Light Scattering University Alumni group on LinkedIn, and keep in touch!

  • The basics

    • The basics and applications of light scattering with practical demo!
    • Instrument setup, maintenance, and flow cell cleaning
    • Coupling size exclusion chromatography (SEC) with multi-angle light scattering (MALS) to determine the absolute molar mass and size distributions of macromolecules
    • How to get the most out of your light scattering data: the ins and outs of ASTRA Software
    • Calibration and use of UV and dRI detectors to determine sample concentration

    Small group 'lab practicals'

    • Analysis of unfractionated samples and generating a Zimm Plots to determine the molar mass, radius, and the second virial coefficient
    • Assessing and optimizing the quality of your light scattering data

    Beyond the basics

    • The determination of the refractive index increment dn/dc values through on-line and off-line dRI techniques
    • Measuring size (hydrodynamic radius) with online or batch dynamic light scattering (DLS) methods (WyattQELS, DynaPro and Möbiuζ)
    • How to determine polymer conformation, branching, and intrinsic viscosity with SEC-MALS
    • Application-specific seminars:
      • field-flow fractionation (FFF)
      • batch methods
      • analysis of protein-protein interactions with composition-gradient MALS (CG-MALS)
      • analysis of light-absorbing proteins
      • analysis of conjugated proteins and copolymers
      • and more!
    • The history of light scattering and a tour of the world's most extensive Light Scattering Museum, conducted by Dr. Philip Wyatt, pioneer of MALS technology
  • Dyna-LSU and Möbiuζ LSU: the basics

    • The basics and applications of dynamic light scattering (DLS) with practical demo
    • Instrument setup, maintenance, cuvette/sample cell cleaning, and sample preparation tips
    • How to determine the diffusion coefficient, hydrodynamic radius, and polydispersity of an unfractionated, dissolved sample
    • Assessing and optimizing the quality of dynamic light scattering data and data interpretation
    • How to get the most out of your light scattering data: Using DYNAMICS software to characterize your proteins, polymers and nanoparticles

    Small group 'lab practicals'

    • Hands-on DLS analysis of unfractionated samples in microwell plates and automation of measurements
    • Hand-on DLS analysis and static light scattering measurements in batch cuvettes, automation of measurements
    • Hand-on PALS and DLS analysis, automated sample delivery and batch analysis

    Beyond the basics

    • Advanced analysis techniques:
      • temperature transitions (protein melting)
      • A2 (solute-solute interactions) and kD (concentration dependence)
    • Coupling size exclusion chromatography (SEC) with dynamic light scattering and multi-angle light scattering to determine the radius distribution and molar mass of a fractionated sample
    • The history of light scattering and a tour of the world's most extensive Light Scattering Museum conducted by Dr. Philip Wyatt


    Additional topics covered in Möbiuζ LSU

    • The basics and applications of electrophoretic mobility measurements
    • How to determine the electrophoretic mobility, zeta potential, net charge and isoelectric point
    • Assessing and optimizing the quality of mobility data and data interpretation
  • Who should attend

    The lessons learned in LSU and Dyna-LSU will be of tremendous benefit to those individuals who:

    • Purchased a new DAWN, miniDAWN, DynaPro or Möbiuζ light scattering instrument
    • Changed job responsibilities, and will be using a DAWN, miniDAWN, DynaPro or Möbiuζ instrument for the first time
    • Have been using a DAWN, miniDAWN, DynaPro or Möbiuζ instrument and want to increase their knowledge of light scattering, data analyses and applications
    • Are responsible for finding new applications for light scattering within their research group

   

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Wyatt Technology is the recognized leader in light scattering instrumentation and software for determining the absolute molar mass, size, charge and interactions of macromolecules and nanoparticles in solution.

Wyatt's line of multi-angle static light scattering products couple to size exclusion chromatography (SEC-MALS), field-flow fractionation (FFF-MALS), and stop-flow composition-gradient systems (CG-MALS). Our dynamic light scattering (DLS) products operate in traditional cuvette as well as on-line and automated, high-throughput modes. We also offer unique instruments for electrophoretic light scattering (MP-PALS), differential refractometry, and differential viscosity.



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