Category Archives: Green Chemistry and Engineering

NESACS’s Bench to Plant Symposium

NESACS SymposiumUpon returning to the Boston area after a number of years away, I was very much looking forward to attending The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS)’s Advances in Chemical Sciences “Bench to Plant” Symposium for the first time.  Held in Cambridge on October 22, about 100 scientists from the local area gathered for the one day Symposium focusing on Process R&D Chemistry, Organic Synthesis, and New Synthetic Methodology.

Some highlights of the top-notch presentations included:

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Going Green Using Real-Time Analytics & Process Automation

In the fall, I presented a paper at the 3rd International Symposium on Green Processing in the Pharmaceutical & Fine Chemical Industries in Boston.  Continue reading

Process Development Conference, Weggis, Switzerland

I am happy to announce that the 18th International Process Development Conference (IPDC) will be held September 25 to September 29, 2011 in Weggis, Switzerland.  This year’s conference will focus on workflows from compound development to manufacturing in the pharmaceutical, fine and specialty chemical industries: Continue reading

2010 Fall Meeting Highlights

Now that the busy fall meeting season has come to an end, I wanted to take the opportunity to quickly revisit some highlights that my colleagues and I noted: Continue reading

How To Streamline Powder Dosing

There are many stages in the drug discovery process where powder dosing is required, in varying target amounts and batch sizes, and into a wide range of different target containers. As new drugs become more effective and more potent, there are also greater risks for the people who are exposed to these compounds during development and formulation. Continue reading

Green Pharmaceutical Manufacturing on a Foundation of PAT & QbD

This is a guest blog post by Paul Thomas.  Paul is Senior Editor of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing magazine, PharmaManufacturing.com, and PharmaQbD.com.

Next week, METTLER TOLEDO is hosting a webcast on using Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and Quality by Design (QbD) for the greening of drug manufacturing operations. I’ll be kicking off the program by discussing the potential of the industry to leverage PAT/QbD to meet corporate sustainability objectives such as reducing energy usage and cutting carbon emissions. It’ll be a big-picture look at the elements of PAT and QbD that overlap with sustainable manufacturing. Continue reading

Symposium on Green Processing in the Pharmaceutical & Fine Chemical Industries

Last week, John Tedesco and I had the privilege to attend the 3rd International Symposium on Green Processing in the Pharmaceutical & Fine Chemical Industries in Boston, MA. Continue reading

Going Green: Fall Events for the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries

During the fall, a number of events related to green chemistry, green engineering, and other sustainability topics for the pharmaceutical and chemical industries are planned.  Some notable green events are:

How To Optimize A Highly Reactive Chemistry

Highly Reactive Chemistry

Highly Reactive Chemistry

Highly reactive chemistries are used in the syntheses of drug molecules, special polymer products, herbicides and other agriculture products, high energy materials, and even special materials like nano-particles and chemo-sensors.

Examples of highly reactive chemistries include:

  • Azide chemistry
  • Diazo chemistry
  • Grignard chemistry
  • Lithium chemistry
  • Phosgene chemistry

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