12 September 2019

Reactors, Scale-Up and Separations: Process intensification, integration and multifunctionality

Organised by:

SCI's Fine Chemicals Group and IChemE Catalysis Special Interest Group

London, UK

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The production of chemicals employing, for example, hydrogenation of alkynes, nitrobenzoic acid and alpha-methyl styrene, and oxidations of bulk feedstocks such as glycerol, glucose and ethanol demand new innovations in catalysis and three-phase reactor design to enhance efficiency and selectivity towards the desired products.  In parallel, the field of energy production has rapidly advanced in recent years and led to an increased demand for hydrogen production from steam reforming and the water-gas shift reaction, and the manufacture of synthetic fuels using Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.  One outcome from global warming on transportation and energy is likely to be a push for companies to find new, more complex feedstocks and a move away from a reliance on gasoline and natural gas. Likewise, the purification of air and water, including the catalytic reduction of pollutants such as NOx will require new approaches. 

Traditional reactors such as stirred tanks, packed beds and bubble columns can offer solutions for large-scale applications, but arguably suffer from problems such as large inventory, volume, and mass transport resistances, and require downstream separation technologies to isolate the products.  This meeting will focus on alternative technologies which aim to provide intimate contact between the catalyst surface and flow of reactants, reduce transport resistances, and enhance mixing, mass transfer and product yields.  Integration of the reactor with heat exchange and separation processes can provide more compact, low energy and inherently safer process designs although fine-tuning, experimental diagnostic studies and modelling of processes are required to understand and optimise such reactors for particular applications.

A mix of keynote, oral and poster presentations will showcase the advances being made in multifunctional reactors for applications across a range of industries from fine chemicals to pharmaceuticals, energy and environmental technologies.  Integration of reactors with structured catalysts, heat exchange and separation strategies, including membrane technologies will be a major focus alongside scale-up strategies for application in industry, as well as ‘scale-out’ by ‘numbering up’ which will serve to highlight industrialisation of the developed reactors. 


The event will be suitable for a broad range of attendees from the PhD student to Professor, and Junior Engineer to Technical Manager. However primarily the audience is expected to be comprised of PhD students and early-career researchers and the invited speakers are mostly industrialists and professors.

10.00 Registration and refreshments
10.55 Opening remarks
11.00 Novel catalytic distillation processes for a sustainable chemical industry
Prof Anton Kiss, The University of Manchester
11.30 Keynote speaker: Scaling-up chemical processes of the future
Prof Ruud van Ommen, Delft University of Technology
12.15 Flash presentations
12.45 Lunch, exhibition and posters
13.45 Keynote speaker: The downs and outs of scale up
Prof Hugh Stitt, Johnson Matthey
14.30 Nature-inspired engineering: Exploiting thin film flow processing for chemical and bioprocess intensification
Dr Kamelia Boodhoo, Newcastle University
15.00 Refreshment break, exhibition and posters
15.30 Manufacturing of nanostructured materials in microreactors
Dr Laura Torrente, University of Cambridge
16.00 Process intensification in catalyst-coated tube reactors 
Dr Nikolay Cherkasov, University of Warwick/Stoli Catalysts
16.30 Utilizing mechanistic modelling to assist in the process development of pharmaceutical drug substance processes
Dr Sam Wilkinson, Process Systems Enterprise
17.00 Closing remarks
17.15 Networking reception

Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Early bird fees before Monday 19 August 2019

£60   SCI/IChemE Member
£30   SCI/IChemE Student Member
£50   Subsidised Members
£90   Non-Member

Standard fees after Monday 19 August 2019

£115   SCI/IChemE Member
£60   SCI/IChemE Student Member
£80   Subsidised Members
£140   Non-Member

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Additional Info

Call for papers

Contributions are invited from those working in all areas of composites manufacture, research, development, commercialisation and use.

There are three options:

  • Short talk (10 min) primarily aimed at providing opportunities for early-career researchers to present
  • Flash poster presentation
  • Poster

Early-career researchers interested in presenting a short talk should submit a one-page or 300-word abstract to conferences@soci.org by Monday 24 June 2019 with “Reactors, Scale-up and Separations – short talk submission” in the subject line.  The abstract should include the title of the presentation, the authors and their affiliation. Note, oral presentation slots are limited and will be allocated to achieve a balanced programme.

Anyone interested in presenting a poster should submit a one-page or 300-word abstract to conferences@soci.org by Tuesday 27 August 2019 with the subject line “Reactors, Scale Up and Separations  - poster submission” in the subject line.  The abstract should include the title of the presentation, the authors and their affiliation.  Please also indicate whether you would like to be considered for a flash poster presentation.

Topics for presentation may be results, reviews or plans and may have already been presented elsewhere. 

Exhibition and sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference during refreshment breaks for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.