2016 Process Development Symposium

Development Challenges in Sustainable Processing
June 7-9, 2016

The 2016 Process Development Symposium is a place to exchange wisdom, knowledge, tips, and personal experiences in the development and scale-up of chemical and related processes. This year's symposium took place in Providence, RI in early June and focused on water-energy challenges and associated topics in process development.

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Proceedings are now available. Click here to access the online proceedings website.

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.


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.

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