Understanding and control of particle formation processes: from nucleation fundamentals to continuous manufacturing

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Abstract of the talk:

Particle formation processes play key role in numerous environmental, biological and industrial processes. Particles can form through phase transitions, often involving nucleation processes, or by aggregation and assembly of molecular or particulate precursors. We focus on understanding of fundamentals of particle formation processes to enable design of novel particulate products and efficient processes for their manufacturing, across a wide range of applications from nucleation and crystallisation, to protein and peptide self-assembly, to organic gels and nanocomposites. We then develop experimental workflows for product and process development of particulate systems and, using examples from pharmaceutical applications, we show how this leads to better control of critical quality attributes in medicines manufacturing.

 A brief biography of Professor Sefcik:

Jan Sefcik obtained his first degree (Ing.) in Chemical Engineering from Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, followed by PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. After working as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech in Pasadena and a Senior Researcher at ETH Zurich, he joined University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where he is now Professor and Head of Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. He is also Academic Director of CMAC Doctoral Training Centre at Strathclyde.

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