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Particulate Products

Tailoring Properties for Optimal Performance

  • Henk G. Merkus
  • Gabriel M.H. Meesters

Part of the Particle Technology Series book series (POTS, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Henk G. Merkus, Gabriel M. H. Meesters
    Pages 1-19
  3. Georgia K. Hinkley, Stephen M. Roberts
    Pages 153-185
  4. Henk G. Merkus
    Pages 253-272
  5. Elke Scholten
    Pages 273-294
  6. Anthony J. Hickey, Zhen Xu
    Pages 295-322
  7. Giuseppina Sandri, M. Cristina Bonferoni, Franca Ferrari, Silvia Rossi, Carla M. Caramella
    Pages 323-341
  8. Henk G. Merkus
    Pages 343-370
  9. Menno B. Claase, Paul Vercoulen, Tosko A. Misev
    Pages 371-404
  10. David Fairhurst
    Pages 405-428
  11. Gabriel M. H. Meesters, Stephen L. A. Hennart
    Pages 429-463
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 465-469

About this book


Particulate products make up around eighty percent of chemical products, from all industry sectors. Examples given in this book include construction materials, fine ceramics and concrete, chocolate and ice cream, pharmaceutical, powders, medical inhalers and sun screen, liquid and powder paints.

Size distribution and the shape of the particles provide for different functionalities in these products, some general some specific. This book addresses particle packing as well as its relation to powder flow and rheological behavior. Moreover, general relationships to particle size are discussed for e.g. color and sensorial aspects of particulate products.

The book covers all the particulate aspects that are most relevant for behavior and performance within specified industrial products and how optimal results can be obtained. It differs from other books in the way that the critical aspects of different products are reported, so that similarities and differences can be identified. Contributors to this book are acknowledged experts coming from a wide range of different product industries.

The aim of the book is to lead to improved optimization in design, development and quality of many particulate products.


BET Method Dynamic Light Scattering Effective Particle Density Green Body Industrial Particle R&D Laser Diffraction Mercury Porosimetry Microscopy and Image Analysis Paint Technology Particle Size Distribution PSD Particle Size and Analysis Particulate Materials Process Control Product Development and Design Product Specifications Quality Function Deployment QFD Rheology of Particle Suspentions Silicon Nitride and Alumina Ceramics Specific Surface Area Static Light Scattering Zeta Potential

Editors and affiliations

  • Henk G. Merkus
    • 1
  • Gabriel M.H. Meesters
    • 2
  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyPijnackerThe Netherlands
  2. 2.DSM Food Specialities, Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

About the editors

Dr Henk G. Merkus has been working at Delft University of Technology for about 35 years, the last 20 years of it in Particle Characterization in the Particle Technology Group of prof. Brian Scarlett. Also, for about 15 years he has been a member of ISO/TC24 on Sieving and Other Methods for Particle Size Measurement and he still is. Retired now the author is active in giving courses on this subject, in the Netherlands as well as in Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Dr Merkus is the author of the Springer book “Particle Size Measurements” (2009).

Dr Ir Gabriel M.H. Meesters is affiliated to DSM Food Specialities and Delft University of Technology Delft. He has 10 patents filed and 5 issued, and will be one of the organizers of the technical program of PARTEC 2013 in Nuremberg, Germany.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Consumer Packaged Goods