8 September 2020

Digital design of chemical processes

Organised by:

SCI and proudly supported by the Chemistry Council Innovation Committee

Online Webinar 14.00 – 15.30 (BST)

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Chemical reactions are largely predictable if the underlying science is thoroughly understood, but multi-step reactions and complex reaction mixtures can make modelling and control problematic.  The use of sensors to measure physical and chemical properties can provide important data on processes that enable fine control to maximise reproducibility, productivity and resilience.  Additionally, the reaction sequences can be modelled to optimise an existing process or ensure that a new one is introduced at maximum efficiency.

This will be the second webinar in a new series on digital design, which will explore the development journey for chemical products – focussing on the enabling technologies which are most critical for increasing productivity in chemistry-using businesses, both now and in the future.


Attendance at this webinar series is welcomed from scientists and engineers in industry and academia with experience in developing and implementing digital solutions, as well as researchers and technology directors with an interest in leveraging new technologies to increase productivity in their organisation.


Prof Iain Crosley

Founder, C-Futures

This talk will look at why digital strategies are needed to help businesses adapt to changing challenges, how to define the needs of the company and build a digital roadmap. The content will highlight some of the challenges in managing transformation and show typical digital architecture. It will give an example of a digital project for a flexible multiproduct processing line. Finally, there will be an overview of how the design of plant and process data can be combined to produce a Digital Twin.

Sophie Duffield

Senior Scientist (Modelling Core Team), GSK

The development of new chemical processes for active pharmaceutical ingredients often relies heavily on experimental work to refine the manufacturing route. However, digital workflows are increasingly being used within the pharmaceutical industry to identify chemical routes, select the best reagents and understand how to control the final product quality. The ultimate goal of these workflows is a ‘digital twin’ of the manufacturing process that is capable of running thousands of experiments at the touch of a button, fully describing the system and what’s going to happen at scale. This talk will examine the benefits of using digital workflows in chemical process development, how they are currently being applied and what the future state could look like.

Welcome and introduction
Dr Will Barton OBE, Non-Executive Chairman, Oxford Biotrans & Director, NiTech Solutions

Data Driven Manufacturing
Prof. Iain Crosley, Founder, C-Futures

Digital Workflows for Developing New Chemical Processes
Sophie Duffield, Senior Scientist (Modelling Core Team), GSK
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