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The Utility of Specific Surface Area Measurement for Pharmaceutical Materials

Myke Scoggins | Senior Pharmaceutical Scientist | Micromeritics Instrument Corporation

In the pharmaceutical world, particle size analysis has traditionally been the method of choice to “characterize” raw materials.  Beginning with sieve analyses all the way to more current technologies like laser light scattering, this physical characterization measurement has been used to set incoming raw material specifications, help determine which excipients will be used in a formulation, and troubleshoot product performance issues such as dissolution.  While particle size analysis is, without a doubt, an important piece of the puzzle, it is exactly that – a piece.  Other measurements can provide essential and useful information as well and, when paired with other techniques, assist the pharmaceutical scientist to more fully characterize their Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) and excipient materials.  Among these techniques is the measurement of surface area. Continue reading

Versatility is synonymous with MicroActive

MicroActive software by Micromeritics was designed to be fast, easy to use, and versatile.  These design goals translated into powerful but simple to use software.  One of the most versatile features of MicroActive is compatibility with data collected from a wide variety of instruments including all Micromeritics gas adsorption analyzers, reference data, and data from other instrument manufacturers. Continue reading