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Wyatt Technology provides the essential techniques for characterizing macromolecules and nanoparticles in solution,
to determine molar mass, size, charge, and interactions.

2008 ILSC

2008 ILSC

Wyatt's 19th ILSC was held on October 20 - 21, 2008 at the elegant Bacara Resort & Spa in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA.

Read about our 2008 ILSC in American Biotechnology Laboratory: International Light Scattering Colloquium 2008: Molecules Happen

Plenary Speakers

  • Dr. Alan Herman, Windrose Analytica Inc.
    "Characterization, Comparability, and Process Optimization of Biopharmaceutical Proteins by SEC-MALS"

  • Dr. Jeffery Kelly, Scripps Research Institute
    "Proteostasis and Disease"

  • Professor Andre Palmer, Ohio State University
    "Light Scattering Analysis of Hemoglobin-Based Oxygen Carriers for Use in Transfusion Medicine"

  • Dr. John Philo, Alliance Protein Laboratories
    "Shedding Some Light On (and From) Protein Aggregates"

  • Dr. Hans-Joachim Schönfeld, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Switzerland
    "Analysis of Absolute Protein Quaternary Structure by Using SEC or AF4 with On-line Light Scattering and Concentration Monitoring"

  • Dr. Blake Simmons, Sandia National Laboratories
    "Tracking Bioinspired Silicification with Static and Dynamic Light Scattering"

  • Dr. Mark Witmer, Bristol-Myers Squibb
    "Varied Applications of Light Scattering Methods in Drug Discovery Research"


  • MALS molar mass or molecular weight determination

    Molar Mass or Molecular Weight

    Multi-Angle static Light Scattering (MALS) measures molar mass directly, in solution. Combined with a fractionation technique like Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) or Field-Flow Fractionation (FFF), MALS determines absolute molar mass distributions—independent of elution time and as the molecule exists in solution.

    MALS DLS nanoparticle and macromolecular size determination


    The size of macromolecules or nanoparticles is measured via two light scattering methods: MALS and Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS). Each technique contributes critical pieces of the characterization puzzle.

    MP-PALS, charge, zeta potential

    Charge/Zeta Potential

    Molecular charge and nanoparticle zeta potential are core properties of a solute and a solvent, relevant to colloidal stability, chemical modifications and other key qualities.

    CG-MALS, biomolecular interactions


    Biomolecular interactions are key to understanding a host of phenomena ranging from structure-function relationships and biotherapeutic activity through stability and aggregation.


    Shape, structure or conformation of macromolecules and nanoparticles are analyzed quantitatively via MALS, differential viscometry, and DLS.


    The combination of MALS, UV and refractive index (RI) detection with SEC, plus ASTRA's Conjugate Analysis algorithm, offers the solution to the characterization of conjugated macromolecules.

  • SEC-MALS, molar mass characterization


    Conventional Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) relies on reference standards that do not accurately represent your molecules. Multi-Angle static Light Scattering (MALS) measures molar mass directly, independent of elution time, so you can have confidence in the values you report.

    FFF-MALS, molar mass characterization


    Field-Flow Fractionation (FFF) is a versatile separation technique that overcomes many of the limitations of analytical SEC. Combine with MALS and/or Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) for absolute molar mass and size.

    CG-MALS, interactions


    Composition-Gradient, Multi-Angle static Light Scattering (CG-MALS) is a powerful technique for characterizing a wide range of biomolecular interactions, label-free and immobilization-free. CG-MALS determines binding affinity, absolute stoichiometry, equilibrium and kinetics of simple or complex interactions.



    Widely used in biochemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceutical development, Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) is popular wherever the size and size distributions of macromolecules and nanoparticles need to be measured quickly and easily. Wyatt offers high-throughput, automated DLS as well as conventional formats.



    Massively Parallel Phase Analysis Light Scattering (MP-PALS) improves over conventional Phase Analysis Light Scattering to determine electrophoretic mobility and charge with maximum sensitivity and minimal damage to fragile biomolecules.



    Intrinsic Viscosity in conjunction with Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC-IV) characterizes those classes of polymers that are incompatible with light scattering, and extends MALS conformational analysis to low molecular weight samples.

  • biotherapeutics, sec-mals, molar mass determination, molar mass measurement, molar mass analysis, molecular weight measurement, molar mass characterization


    Light scattering technologies assist at each stage of the biotherapeutic R&D pipeline, with uniquely versatile technologies for biophysical screening and characterization, from target and candidate discovery to selection, optimization, purification, and formulation.

    proteins, mals, DLS, CG-MALS, molar mass analysis, molecular weight measurement, molar mass characterization


    Proteins conjugates, aggregation, colloidal stability and protein-protein interactions can be analyzed with MALS, high-throughput Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), and Composition-Gradient, Multi-Angle static Light Scattering (CG-MALS).

    biopolymer, sec-mals, degradation


    MALS coupled to Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC-MALS) or Field-Flow Fractionation (FFF-MALS) is the most robust and reliable method for analyzing heterogeneous distributions typical of biopolymers.

    synthetic polymers, MALS, plastics

    Synthetic Polymers

    Branching and conformational analyses of synthetic polymers via MALS, Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), and Field-Flow Fractionation coupled with MALS (FFF-MALS).



    Size, composition, mass and zeta potential of nanoparticles can be analyzed via MALS, Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), Field-Flow Fractionation (FFF) and Electrophoretic Light Scattering (ELS).

  • Biopharmaceutical


    Light scattering is used by biopharmaceutical companies in their R&D, Formulations, QC, and Manufacturing settings in compliance with FDA regulations.



    Global chemical companies rely on light scattering instrumentation to standardize worldwide characterization techniques for natural and synthetic rubbers, olefins and other petrochemical products.

    Medical Device

    Medical Device

    Wyatt's cutting edge technology has assisted R&D scientists worldwide to better characterize the molecular properties of materials that make up various implantable medical devices.



    Wyatt light scattering instruments are used for teaching and research at some of the most prestigious academic centers in the world.

    Government, infectious diseases


    Wyatt instruments are used in U.S. government research laboratories, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and various national laboratories affiliated with the Department of Energy .


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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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