The Royal Society of Chemistry's Formulation Science and Technology Group's (RSC FSTG) Conference at the University of Birmingham, Department of Chemical Engineering.

This one day conference focused on the importance of processing on Formulation performance as illustrated by a number of examples across business areas exemplified by food and pharma.  It will highlighted importance of process control coupled to analytics in areas such as pharmaceutical granulation processes, in control of product microstructure, how structures form and respond to changes in process conditions depending on local conditions and contrast the challenges of characterising the conditions within batch and short-residence time/well defined devices including microfluidic devices and hear examples of how process can affect the functionality and performance of formulation components.

This conference was held at The University of Birmingham, Department of Chemical Engineering. This world-leading Centre for Formulation Engineering has been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. This is the second time that the University has received the Queen's Anniversary Prize, which is perhaps the most prestigious honour that can be awarded to UK universities or colleges.  This award recognises the Department’s pioneering research in micro-structured materials and outstanding track record in collaborative research and training with UK and multinational companies involved in process engineering.



9.30-10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00 Welcome and Introduction

Richard Greenwood, Birmingham University
10.05 Controlling Product Microstructure

Peter Graham, Unilever
10.50 Physical modification of hydrocolloids for new functionality

John Mitchell, Biopolymer Solutions
11.30 The role of the baking process in the formation of wafer structure

Ramana Sundara, Nestle, UK
12.15 Sustainable Manufacturing for the Process Industry: a competition for feasibility and collaborative R&D funding

Darren Ragheb, Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network
12.30 Lunch, networking with Birmingham University Dept staff and tours of facilities
13.30 Formulation engineering of "Pickering Emulsions" - Novel functionalities and potential applications

Tom Mills and Fotios Spyropoulos, Birmingham University, UK
14.15 Particles ‘R’ Us – SCF engineering solution for product performance

Lyn Daintree, CrystecPharma, UK
15.00 Effects of sugar on mixed biopolymer systems

Asja Portsch, Birmingham University, UK
15.25 Processing of nano emulsions

Laura Lee, Birmingham University, UK
15.45 Conference ends

Tea and Coffee