Small-angle X-ray scattering for pharmaceutical applications - For a better understanding

Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) offers various ways to characterize pharmaceutical formulations, drug carrier systems, vaccines, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) as well as viruses of various kinds. The SAXS method can determine the size, shape, internal structure, morphology as well as interactions of such materials and therefore contributes to a better understanding of their functionality. In addition to classical SAXS analysis, scattering information at wider scattering angles (WAXS) as well as GISAXS analysis of pharmaceutical thin-film samples expand the possibilities of fundamental research, development, and production/quality control of pharmaceuticals. 
Today, these investigations and studies can be performed on advanced laboratory SAXS/WAXS/GISAXS instrumentation. In this webinar we will discuss selected examples of SAXS/WAXS/GISAXS scattering studies on pharmaceutical materials and highlight the results and findings which are obtained by X-ray scattering. 

The webinar content will be: 

  • Introduction to the SAXS/WAXS/GISAXS method with respect to pharmaceuticals 
  • Discussion of selected application examples of X-ray scattering studies on pharmaceuticals 

Target group: 

  • Anyone interested in the structural characterization of pharmaceuticals in the home laboratory 
  • Anyone using complementary techniques (e.g. SC-XRD, Cryo-EM, NMR, etc.) for analyzing pharmaceutical materials 
  • Anyone working in research and development as well as production and QC of pharmaceutical materials 
Dr. Heike Ehmann (English)
Heike Ehmann

Dr. Heike Ehmann finished her master degree with the focus on physical chemistry at the University of Graz and obtained her PhD in mechanical engineering and nanotechnology from the University of Maribor, with a focus on structuring bio-based polymers and their structural characterization. After her PhD studies, she joined the University of Graz and worked in the field of X-ray scattering analysis of pharmaceutical materials. She joined Anton Paar in September 2016 and is currently product specialist for small-angle X-ray scattering at Anton Paar GmbH.