Share Why Attend 2016 PDS? The 2016 Process Development Symposium agenda is full of topics associated with sustainable processing and will be an excellent venue to share technical knowledge. The symposium will feature speakers from the chemical engineering profession sharing their wisdom, knowledge, tips, and personal experiences related to process development in the broad area of sustainability. The production of value-added chemicals, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals are growing areas for “green” and sustainable processes. These processes typically require use of large quantities of process water, which provides unique chemical engineering challenges compared to more traditional petrochemical-based processes. Examples of these processes are fermentation and enzymatic-catalyzed processes as well as more traditional thermochemical transformations in dilute aqueous solutions (e.g., conversion of lignocellulosic biomass and synthesis of bio-renewables). For example, many current fermentation processes utilize sugar and starch-based feedstocks to produce various chemical products, but the ability to use non-food biomass carbohydrates obtained from cellulose and hemi-cellulose for derivative products could be advantaged from both a cost and sustainability perspective. Such carbohydrates are likewise useful intermediates for chemical and catalytic transformations. Use of such feedstocks generally includes the penalty of processing relatively dilute aqueous streams of these sugars. Traditional downstream separation processes exist to remove various products from these aqueous mixtures, such as distillation, evaporation, liquid extraction combined with distillation, etc., but such thermal processing of dilute aqueous solutions requires large energy inputs, which negatively impacts the process economics and sustainability. This year’s symposium provides a forum for instruction and discussion of major process development issues associated with this growing area of sustainable processing. The agenda is full of topics that will cover a range of sustainable processing, such as high water and energy use processes, alternative process technologies for sustainable processes, risk mitigation, scaleup issues, piloting trials, modeling, economics, and life cycle analysis. Highlights 2016 Symposium Keynote Address We are delighted to announce that Tracy Young, Core R&D Program Director, Consumer & Infrastructure Solutions at Dow Water & Process Solutions, will be delivering the keynote address at this year's symposium. Open Forum for Process Development Challenges and Questions In this highly interactive discussion based session, attendees will be encouraged to share stories, experiences, and ask questions from the Process Development field. A panel discussion from several industry leaders will start off the discussion, followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask their own questions and offer their own perspectives and experiences. Topics Include: Common Development and Scale-Up Challenges for High Water and Energy Use Processes Alternative Process Technologies for High-Water Applications Risk Mitigation in Process Development Open Forum for Process Development Challenges and Questions Scale-Up Issues Involving Dilute Aqueous Streams Piloting Thermochemical and Fermentation Processes Coupling Process Development with Life Cycle Analysis Process Modeling, Optimization, and Economics Evaluation More Conference Highlights Pre-Symposium Welcome Reception Proceedings Proceedings of the 2016 Process Development Symposium are now available: Browse proceedings for this conference More conference proceedings Featured Photos: The DuPont Oval Logo is a trademark of DuPont or its affiliates.