The 5th European Conference on Process Analytics and Control Technology (EuroPACT 2021), organised by DECHEMA, took place virtually on 15th-17th November 2021.
Based on the fact that the competitiveness of all processing industries – from (petro)-chemicals over pharmaceuticals to foods & feeds – greatly depends on its ability to deliver consistent, high-quality and high-value products at competitive prices, in a sustainable way, Data, Data Analytics and Process Analytical Technology will become the cornerstones for any global, competitive industry, and process analytical techniques are an essential tool in this future. Therefore, this edition focussed on featuring innovation along the following three pillars, providing an unique meeting and a discussion forum for researchers and users of process analytics from both academia and industry:
- Process Analytics in Real-World Manufacturing
- From Data to Process Monitoring, Control and Optimization
- Novel PAT and Instrumental Technologies
NanoPAT was widely present on the event:
Furthermore, 4 posters showed the developments being carried out in NanoPAT:
- 1 Poster from Marko Simic (Poster 29), from BRAVE , on “Optofluidic Force Induction Scheme for the Characterization of Nanoparticle Ensembles” – DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5726766
- 1 Poster from Sebastian Zimmermann (Poster 33), from UP : “Monitoring the synthesis of oxide nanoparticles using inline Photon Density Wave spectroscopy – two case studies”
- 2 Posters from Despina Emmanouilidou, from ZHAW: Poster 5: “Inline Monitoring of Zeolite Synthesis by Photon Density Wave Spectroscopy” and Poster 6: “Inline Monitoring of Wet-Milling Processes by Photon Density Wave Spectroscopy”
Screenshot of Marko Simic’s presentation
The workshop started with the NanoPAT coordinator Ioannis Kakogiannos (IRIS Technology Solutions) briefly presenting the overall activities of the project. After that, the three PAT experts continued by introducing the technologies.
First, Marvin Münzberg (University Potsdam) introduced the fundamentals of the PDW technology to the participants. Afterwards there was a live switch into the laboratory showcasing a live demonstration of a real-time analysis of the optical coefficients as well as particle size during a chemical reaction. Furthermore, application examples were shown and discussed by the audience. After that, Christian Hill (BRAVE Analytics GmbH) presented the OF2i technology to the audience, the use cases where it is being applied. Furthermore, he made a live demonstration of the BRAVE B1 sensor station, showing a real-time online Measurement with the device. Last but not least, Nicola Palombo (IRIS Technology) explained the basics of nanoparticle size measurement by TUS, how this technology works, its potential and limitations and the case studies where it will be used within the NanoPAT project.
The workshop counted with 80 participants, mainly from academia and industry which were very interested in the new PATs being developed by NanoPAT. It was an introductory workshop to the three novel technologies for a group of stakeholders with limited knowledge on them. The high interest of the participants and the live demonstrations of the PATs gave floor to lively discussions.