AIChE Annual Meeting 2012

I’m really looking forward to attending the annual American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) meeting in Pittsburgh, PA this year. It is always a great opportunity to meet excellent scientists working in very diverse areas. As a chemical engineer it is also nice to focus on chemical engineering for a change! – since many of the conferences I attend are chemistry orientated.

It is also great to see so many papers being presented that utilize FBRM® and PVM® technologies. Obviously, FBRM® and PVM® are very standard for studying crystallization processes and almost every paper in the crystallization sessions will include some data from either or both technologies. But there are a number of emerging areas where the use of FBRM® and PVM® are gaining traction – notably in the petrochemical and biotechnology industries. I will be very interested to see how our tools are being applied in a cutting edge way in these areas.

Other topics that are usually interesting are the sessions focused on nanotechnology and environmental engineering. Both of these topics are very relevant in this day and age and both have many applications for novel particle characterization techniques. It will be great to learn what new technologies might be coming soon and what changes we can expect to our world as a result of advanced engineering research.

Here are a some of the papers I’ll be checking out…

Application of Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) to Monitor a Continuous Crystallization – Eleftherios Kougoulos, Novan Inc

Development of an Empirical Framework for Monitoring CSD Using FBRM® in Batch Crystallization – Huayu Li, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Apply PAT-Enabled Platform to Realize the QbD Control Strategy for Crystallization Processes – George Zhou, Merck & Co., Inc.

Characterizing the Formation of Inverse Solubility Salt Precipitates in Cell Culture Media and Mitigation Strategies During Thermal Treatment for Viral Inactivation – Prince Bhebe, Cell Science and Technology, Amgen

What interesting papers do you see on the agenda?

Please stop by the METTLER TOLEDO cocktail reception from 7pm-9pm on Wednesday, October 31 held in the Westmoreland West room in the Westin Hotel. 

And if you missed the last AIChE Annual Meeting, you can read Anjan Pandey’s recap of the 2011 AIChE Annual Meeting and the PAT for Crystallization Development and Manufacturing session.