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Light Scattering Training

Light Scattering University  

The acclaimed course, held in Santa Barbara, CA -- the "American Riviera"--that's guaranteed to de-mystify light scattering, work you hard but feed you well, and, of course, explain how to get the most from your Wyatt Technology equipment!


                                       2014 LSU Training Dates Status
 May 13, 14, and 15 Closed
 May 15, and 16 Dyna-LSU Closed
 May 14 Mini-LSU in Woburn, MA Space Available
 June 10, 11, and 12 Space Available
 June 12, and 13 Dyna-LSU Space Available
 July 8, 9, and 10 Space Available
 July 10, 11 Dyna-LSU Space Available
 July 22, 23, and 24 Space Available
 August 19, 20, and 21 Space Available
 August 21, and 22, Dyna-LSU Space Available
 September 16, 17, and 18 Space Available
 September 18, and 19 Dyna-LSU Space Available
For additional Eclipse, Mobius, or Calypso training dates, please contact Karina Santillan

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

Topics covered at LSU:

  • Introduction to light scattering theory and applications
  • The use of a Zimm Plot to determine the molar mass, the radius, and the second virial coefficient of a dissolved sample
  • Analysis of unfractionated samples through batch or microbatch techniques
  • Coupling Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) with Multiangle Light Scattering (MALS) to determine the absolute molar mass or radius distribution of a polymer sample
  • The use of SEC/MALS data to determine polymer conformation, branching, and intrinsic viscosity
  • The determination of dn/dc values through on-line and off-line techniques
  • The calibration and use of UV and RI detectors
  • Instrument setup, maintenance, and flow cell cleaning
  • Assessing the quality of light scattering data
  • Characterization of polymers and macromolecules using Wyatt Software
  • Quasi-Elastic Light Scattering (QELS) for the determination of Hydrodynamic Radius
  • Application-specific seminars covering Field-Flow Fractionation (FFF) techniques, treatment of light-absorbing and polarizing samples, conjugated proteins, and much more!
  • The history of light scattering and a tour of the world's most extensive Light Scattering Museum conducted and narrated by Dr. Philip Wyatt

Topics covered at Dyna-LSU:

  • Introduction to dynamic light scattering theory and applications 
  • The use of DLS autocorrelation to determine the diffusion coefficient, hydrodynamic radius, and polydispersity of an unfractionated, dissolved sample 
  • Hands-on DLS analysis of unfractionated samples using batch cuvette techniques 
  • Coupling Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) with dynamic light scattering to determine the radius distribution of a dissolved sample
  • Instrument setup, maintenance, and cuvette cleaning 
  • Assessing the quality of dynamic light scattering data Characterization of polymers and macromolecules using Wyatt Software 
  • The history of light scattering and a tour of the world's most extensive Light Scattering Museum conducted and narrated by Dr. Philip Wyatt 

Who Should Attend:

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

  • Purchase a new DAWN, miniDAWN and/or DynaPro light scattering instrument
  • Change job responsibilities, and will be using a DAWN, miniDAWN and/or DynaPro for the first time
  • Have been using a DAWN, miniDAWN and/or DynaPro and want to increase their knowledge of light scattering theory and its applications
  • Are responsible for finding new applications for light scattering within their research group

Teaching Format:

The lessons are taught by combining lectures, quizzes, hands on lab work, and individual instruction based upon the background and application of each student. The LSU Training Manual and CD is a valuable take-home resource for practical applications. With ten instructors and a maximum of 18 students there is ample time for individual help. Students are encouraged to bring their light scattering data files for individual consultations. Social time is also scheduled to allow the students to learn from each other and to interact with Wyatt Technology's staff in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Customer Testimonials:

“Thanks for your help, Wyatt Tech has the best customer service of any company with which I have ever done business. My gratitude to you and your colleagues.”
W. V., Government entity

"Just a few words to express my appreciation about the three days training I just attended in Santa Barbara. I had been told about the kindness and the 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."
-M.M., Consumer Product Company

"I couldn't be happier with the plate reader. 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."
-A.L., Pharmaceutical Company

"This is easily one of the most informative training courses I have attended, and it was done in a good format with lectures mixed with hands-on... and enthusiastic, informed instructors!"
-A.C., Pharmaceutical Company

"It was fun, worthwhile and an unforgettable experience. From the first lecture to the closing remarks, it was all enlightened education: new, 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"
-T. E., Consumer Product Company

"It was by far the best technology training course I have attended."
-R. G., University Professor

"Thank you for a very excellent training session, and a very pleasant time in Santa Barbara. You are exceptionally gracious hosts. I came away very impressed with your company, the people who work there, and of course, the equipment itself. My compliments."
-C. C., Pharmaceutical Company

"I do not think that I have ever learned so much during a three day period as I did at the LSU. I must say that you have an amazing enthusiasm to light scattering which you transferred to the rest of us."
-C. A., University Professor

"Thanks to you all for putting together such a great course. It was really terrific in all ways - the content, the variety, the schedule, the notes, and above all, the instructors. It took me from feeling like I really had a lot to learn to feeling like I am ready to go!"
-D. B., Pharmaceutical Company

"It was also great pleasure meeting yourself and all the others at Wyatt. I know you must hear this from everyone but please allow me to also add what a truely great learning experience and environment the LSU course was. Well organized, pleasant atmosphere and not at all overbearing (course load vs time available), a credit to all those who developed and implemented the course over the years."
-S. T., USAMRIID,Toxicology

"I just wanted to drop you a quick note thanking you for your hospitality last week at LSU. I know I did not communicate on the evaluation form how impressed I was with LSU and the passion that you guys convey with regard to your technology and your products. Having purchased products from various vendors over the many years, I must say that I have never seen such commitment and dedication as you (and everyone else at Wyatt Technology) demonstrated. Gaining a real theoretical and practical understanding of the technology makes using the technology that much more valuable and I truly appreciated your excitement towards Wyatt Technology. Please convey my thanks to everyone involved in LSU and congratulations on running a top-of-the-class company."
-A. S., Pharmaceutical Company


"I’m very glad that I have attended the LSU and learned a lot of knowledge behind the light scattering application. Thank you all for the wonderful experience."
-B.C., Government Entity