Bernal Institute Research Forum

Date: 6th February 2018 to 6th February 2018
Time: 12:00 to 13:00
Duration: One Hour
Location: MSG-025 MSSI Building Extension

Professor Paul Sharratt, Principal Scientist, Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (part of A*Star), Singapore.

Implementing Multistage Linked Continuous Chemical Processing – The Challenge of Fully Automated Operation.

The Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (part of A*Star) in Singapore works to support the adoption of novel manufacturing technologies in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Over the last 10 years, the Institute has been exploring and developing the use of continuous processes for the manufacture of high value chemicals. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the projects undertaken and current challenges – particularly focusing on modular fume-hood scale technology for hazardous reactions such as Reformatsky and Grignard.

Professor Paul Sharratt is a Principal Scientist at the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences and recently became the Program Manager of the Process Science and Modelling group. Following a first degree in Cambridge, he was awarded a PhD for work in catalytic reaction engineering (1987) from UMIST (now the University of Manchester). He then spent 4 years working for Imperial Chemical Industries as a process engineer, gaining experience in research, development, design and operation in manufacture of agrochemicals and other low tonnage (batch) products. He returned to UMIST in 1991 and was promoted to a full Chair in 2001. He was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering / EPSRC Chair in Innovative Manufacturing for the period of 2001-6 for work in support of innovation in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. He retains an honorary chair in Manchester, and also holds one in the Universidad Major de San Marcos in Lima, Peru.

His research interests lie in process development, innovation and knowledge management - looking at ways to develop better products and processes through interdisciplinary work and the application of good science. He enjoys working across the business/technology interface and seeing his work being picked up and used by industry - for example the process understanding methods he developed with BRITEST organisation that are now widely used in the pharmaceutical industry.

Tea/coffee will be available at 11h45

For further information, please contact: gavin.walker@ul.ie