Jul 19

CPAC Summer Institute 2016


Next Generation Process Development Approaches Which Will Enable Truly Sustainable Chemical and Biomass Processing

Center for Process Analysis and Control (CPAC)

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

To help achieve that goal the meeting will explore the following aspects of biomass processing.


  • Adaptation of the concepts of molecule management and smart manufacturing to enable extraction of the full value of biomass and specialty chemicals.
  • Next generation continuous manufacturing concepts, including fermentation strategies from organism preparation and isolation to nutrient optimization and infusion followed by continuous product separation and purification.
  • New process intensification approaches for both preprocessing of ligno-cellulosic biomass to enable cost effective preparation of feedstocks, and for the high selectivity conversions to valuable platform chemicals.
  • Recent advances in process analytical technology, PAT, for the real time characterization of raw materials, as well as the complex biomass streams for process understanding. This data can be used for rapid process development and for feed forward and feedback control among other things enabling more cost effective processing.
  • Utilization of approaches to handling big data - for end to end understanding and value extraction from chemical and biomass processing.

The three day schedule ends on Thursday evening with a BBQ dinner off-site event. The final afternoon will summarize the technical areas and meld the conclusions into a broader look at the future impact of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) for achieving Process Optimization. CPAC has an established track record in fostering academic/industrial/national laboratory interactions, which aims at bridging the gap between basic research and full-scale process/product development. CPAC's Summer Institute will provide continuing education opportunities in the areas of advances in measurement science linked to process control.

The CPAC Summer Institutes are held in an informal format, with technical presentations, and time allotted for open discussion and brainstorming on topics that arise from this interaction. The informal environment has created a successful format for bringing together chemists, biologists, measurement scientists, and process engineers from industry, government, and academic institutions drawn from both CPAC and non-CPAC members.


Registration Fees for the 2016 Summer Institute are $425.00 US Dollars. The fees cover all meeting materials, Tuesday dinner, lunches, and a BBQ dinner on Thursday. Please complete the registration form on the following site:


For more information contact:

Mel Koch, kochm@uw.edu, (cell) +1 206 992 1001 or,

Nan Holmes, nsh@uw.edu, (cell) +1 206 484 4399