Agrochemical analysis

Analytical solutions for the agrochemical industry

The term agrochemical or agrichemical is used as a generic term for the chemical products or pesticides used in agriculture. These include herbicides, fungicides and insecticides but also synthetic fertilizers, hormones and soil conditioning agents. Agrochemicals play an important role in modern industrialized and intensive farming methods, making possible the growth of foods on previously uncultivatable land and maximizing the yield of a given soil.

Agrochemicals have come a long way since the creation of synthetic fertilizers and the need to better understand and optimize both the agrochemical production process and the formulation make up of agrochemicals is becoming more apparent.

Malvern Panalytical can help with the analysis and optimization of your agrochemical products to assist the development of new agrochemicals and for quality control and production optimization.  

Malvern Panalytical offers a range of analytical tools for the characterization of agrochemical products.

Fertilizer Powders 

Fertilizers can be applied to crops as either solids or liquids, with granulated or powdered solids being the most common form. The physical properties of the powder, including its particle size distribution and particle shape are determined by its chemical composition and processing and are important for optimizing spreading properties and minimizing segregation, especially in bulk blends. Particle size can also affect dilution behaviour and activity rate of the fertilizer.

Colloidal Dispersions
For agrochemicals which are in the form of colloidal suspensions, Zeta potential is a critical metric for optimizing the stability of colloidal dispersions.

Pesticide Sprays
Pesticides are most commonly applied using spray devices and along with soil particle size, the droplet size of a spray determines the run-off speed of the liquid from the soil as well as properties such as spray drift and evaporation.

Polymers in Agrochemicals
The use of polymers in agriculture is becoming more widespread with superabsorbent hydrogels being used to optimize soil properties and functional polymers used to increase the efficiency and stability of pesticides and herbicides. Polymers are also used to control the atomization behavior of agrochemical sprays.

Physical and chemical analysis of agrochemicals

Malvern Panalytical's range of analytical products and expertise can assist the agrochemical sector by helping to:

  • Optimize spray formulations and spray apparatus to ensure optimum droplet size for a given application or environment
  • Control particle size and shape of powder formulations to ensure optimum and consistent flow, spreading and packing characteristics
  • Improve dissolution behaviour and activity rate of fertilizers and pesticides
  • Classify soil types in terms of their composition and physical characteristics
  • Characterize and synthesize functional polymers for use in agrochemical formulations
Mastersizer 시리즈

Mastersizer 시리즈

전 세계에서 가장 널리 사용하는 입도분석기.

Spraytec

Spraytec

분무 입자 및 분무 액적 크기 측정

Zetasizer 시리즈

Zetasizer 시리즈

나노 입자, 콜로이드, 생체 분자 입자 크기 분석 및 입자 전하 측정 분야에서 전세계적으로 가장 널리 사용되는 시스템

MicroCal 시리즈

MicroCal 시리즈

생체 분자 안정성 및 상호 작용의 특성 분석을 위한 미세 열량계

OMNISEC

OMNISEC

세계 최고 수준의 다중 검출기 GPC/SEC 시스템

기술 유형
동적 광산란
레이저 회절
광 산란
전기영동 광산란
정적 광산란
시차 주사 열량측정법(DSC)
등온 적정 열량측정법(ITC)
겔 투과 크로마토그래피
크기 배제 크래마토그래피 (SEC)