Last week, I attended the VisiMix International Conference in Boston, MA. Held at the Colonnade Hotel, the conference focused on the influence of mixing unit operations in your process and featured presentations by well-respected leaders in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries on topics including: Continue reading
Upon 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:
2-Lithio-3,3-dimethyl-2-oxazolinyloxirane: Carbanion or Azaenolate?
Vito Capriati*, Saverio Florio*, Renzo Luisi, Filippo Maria Perna and Agnese Spina
Dipartimento Farmaco-Chimico, Università di Bari, Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale Metodologie e Processi Innovativi di Sintesi C.I.N.M.P.I.S., Via E. Orabona 4, I-70125 Bari, Italy; J. Org. Chem., 2008, 73 (24), pp 9552–9564.
Structure, Configurational Stability and Stereodynamics in Solution
During this work, Vito Capriati, Saverio Florio and colleagues at the University of Bari in Italy used in situ Infrared (IR) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy together to give a better insight into the stability of lithium salt and to ultimately answer the question:
“Is the lithium salt more like an organolithium or is it more like an azaenolate?”
Metal Catalyzed Transformations have been a key topic in academic research for a number of years, both for their scientific interest, as well as the large number of reactions that have become important to industry. Continue reading
Continuous flow chemistry is widely used in the chemical and petrochemical markets, and has been for decades. The continuous flow chemistry production methodology has been gaining interest in pharmaceutical R&D due to: Continue reading
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
On Tuesday, November 2, METTLER TOLEDO held its 1st Symposium in Cambridge, MA, hosted by Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). The success of the Symposium went beyond expectations: 65 scientists representing a large variety of small companies (CoNCERT, Cubist, Tetraphase), larger companies (Pfizer, Dow, Amgen), and research institutions (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) attended the event. The main themes of the Symposium were crystallization and process safety. Des O’Grady and I started by giving an overview of the technologies later covered by the industry speakers: Focused Beam Reflectance Measurement (FBRM®), Particle Video Microscope (PVM®), EasyMax™, RC1, and ReactIR™. Continue reading
My colleague, Rodrigo Maciel, and I had the opportunity to attend the Mary K. O’Connor Process Safety Center 2010 International Symposium October 26 to 28 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. This process safety conference had about 400 attendees, which included representation from government agencies (OSHA, Chemical Safety Board), Chemical Engineering Professors from around the globe, Safety Consultants, and Process Safety Managers and Scientists from Petrochemical and Chemical companies. The event featured 106 presentations and 20 exhibitors. Continue reading
Cambridge, Massachusetts is a unique place due to having one of the largest (per capita) and most impressive populations of scientists and engineers in the world. Because of this, Cambridge is recognized as a global hub for biotechnology. This makes the Boston area an attractive venue to organize a chemical process development gathering. Continue reading