The manufacture of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals traditionally involves multi-step reactions and physical operations such as mixing, heating, cooling, filtering, drying and tabletting. Scale-up is focussed mainly on bringing the product to the mass market; however, topical issues such as effective use of raw materials and energy, reducing the number of process steps, efficient separations, and lowering carbon emissions also need to be considered.
This one-day meeting will explore how future manufacturing plants will need to evolve as we strive towards net-zero carbon processes and respond to the depletion of traditional resources. Topics will include: multi-step synthesis and reactor design, process integration and control, catalysis and selectivity enhancement, the application of big data and machine learning, atom efficiency, sustainability and robotics.
A mix of keynote, oral and poster presentations will showcase the advances being made in Factories for the Future.
Registration, coffee and putting up posters
Keynote speaker 1: Prof. Richard Bourne, University of Leeds
Industry 4.0: Self-optimised development of Pharmaceutical Processes
Keynote speaker 2: Dr Carl Helmut Coulon, Head of Innovation, INVITE, Leverkusen, Germany
Beyond classical automation: Modern Robotics in Factories of the Future
Lunch and posters
Keynote speaker 3: Professor Alexei Lapkin, University of Cambridge
Digitalisation of R&D and Manufacturing in Pharma
Short talks from early-career researchers (3 x 10 min)
Probabilistic machine learning based soft-sensors for product quality prediction in batch processes
Max Mowbray, Harry Kay, Sam Kay, Amanda Lane, Cesar Mendoza, Philip Martin and Dongda Zhang
Concept for a Novel Process for the Glycolysis of Poly(ethylene terephthalate)
M2E3D: Multiphase Materials Exploration via Evolutionary Equation Discovery
Guido Grause, Joe Sutton, Andrew Dove and Joe Wood
Andrei Leonard Nicusan, Mehdi Jangi, Jonathan Seville. Kit Windows-Yul
Keynote speaker 4: Dr Elfie Cavalli, Syngenta
Biorenewable Feedstocks in Agrochemical Innovation: Opportunities and Challenges
Keynote speaker 5: Dr Julia Creasey, Croda
Life Cycle Assessment: a solution to achieving sustainability goals beyond factory gates
Closing remarks and wine reception
Early-career researchers wishing to give a short talk are encouraged to submit a one-page abstract to Prof Joe Wood by 16 December 2022 with "Factories for the Future – short talk abstract" in the subject line.
Anyone wishing to present a poster should submit a one-page abstract to Prof Joe Wood by 27 January 2023 with " Factories for the Future – poster abstract" in the subject line.
- IChemE or SCI member rate (including VAT): £50.00 early bird (£100.00 after 9 March 2023)
- Non-member rate (including VAT): £120.00 early bird (£170.00 after 9 March 2023)
- IChemE or SCI student member rate (including VAT): £35.00 early bird (£50.00 after 9 March 2023)
- Subsidised IChemE or SCI student member rate (retired or unemployed) (including VAT): £35.00 early bird (£50.00 after 9 March 2023)