1st International Conference on
Industrial Processes for Nano and Micro Products
London, UK: 3 - 4 April 2007

Introduction

Recent advances in the manufacturing, manipulation and characterisation of nanoscale particles and emulsions have already made it possible to use nanomaterials in numerous product formulations and the commercialisation of products with improved performance a reality. Rapid developments in the area have the potential for applications in a wide range of industrial sectors including electronics, coatings, wear resistance, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. These developments have opened new avenues for further research in a multi-disciplinary area.

Some of the challenges industry is facing include: ˇ

  • The safe handling of nanoparticles
  • Process and product design, based on underlying physics, for the manufacture of products containing nano constituents and nano scale products themselves
  • Scale up
  • Selection of appropriate methods and techniques for product characterisation

    Papers presented at this Conference, as outlined in the contents below, are available in a bound volume of proceedings from Mrs Marian Rolfe at BHR Group Limited.

FOREWORD

PLENARY LECTURE
Printable particle systems
W. Peukert, Friedrich-Alexander University, Germany

AGGREGATION AND BREAKAGE PROCESSES
Effect of particle properties on the break up of nanoparticle clusters using an in-line rotor-stator
G. Padron, W.P. Eagles, G.N. Ozcan Taskin, BHR Group Ltd, UK; G. McLeod, Unilever, UK; L. Xie, Loughborough University, UK

Dynamic response studies of aggregation and breakage dynamics in colloidal dispersions in stirred tanks
M. Soos, A.S. Moussa, L. Ehrl, H. Wu, M. Morbidelli, ETH Zurich, Switzerland; J. Sefcik, University of Strathclyde, UK

Shear flow of aggregated nano-suspensions - fundamentals and model formulation
J. Baldyga, W. Orciuch, L. Makowski, A. Krasinski, M. Malski-Brodzicki, K. Malik, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

PRODUCT AND PROCESS FORMULATION
Formation of valine microcrystals through rapid antisolvent precipitation
M. Variny, Slovak Technical University, Slovakia; S. Alvarez de Miguel, B.D. Moore, J. Sefcik, University of Strathclyde, UK

A novel continuous industrial process for producing hydroxyapatite nanoparticles
V.M.T.M. Silva, P.A. Quadros, J.C.B. Lopes, Fluidinova, Portugal; P.E.M.S.C. Laranjeira, M.M. Dias, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

De-agglomeration of silica nano-particles in the presence of surfactants
P. Ding, A.W. Pacek, University of Birmingham, UK

EQUIPMENT CHARACTERISATION AND SCALE UP
Break-up of nano-particle agglomerates by hydrodynamically limited processes
L. Xie, C.D. Rielly, Loughborough University, UK; G. Ozcan Taskin, BHR Group Ltd, UK

Mixing with EOF for a precipitation reaction
V.H.J. Nieborg, R. Lindken, G.J. Witkamp, H.J.M. Kramer, J. Westerweel, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Dispersion of nano-particle clusters by ball milling
A.J. Kowalski, S. Watson, Unilever Research & Development, UK; K. Wall, University of Manchester, UK

MODELLING
On the importance of mixing for the production of nano-particles
E. Gavi, D.L. Marchisio, A.A. Barresi, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Break-up of nano-particle clusters - process modelling
J. Baldyga, W. Orciuch, L. Makowski, M. Malski-Brodzicki, K. Malik, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

INDUSTRIAL NEEDS AND APPLICATIONS
Addressing risk perception - why nano is not a no no
D. Stark, Euronanotrade, UK

Challenges and potentials in industrialization of future nanobiosensors
H. Esfandyarpour, Stanford Genome Technology Center and Stanford University, USA

NANOMIX:
New developments in high-pressure emulsification and dispersion technology
K.M. Gezork, R. Krebs, Ekato Systems, Germany; W. Himmelsbach, Ekato RMT, Germany

Commercial applications of halloysite a unique cylindrical nano-clay
R. Price, Nanoclay and Technology Inc, USA; Y. Lvov, Louisiana Technical University, USA

Nanotechnology at Bayer
P. Krüger, Bayer Material Science AG, Germany

EMULSIFICATION PROCESSES
Rotating membrane reactor - a novel membrane emulsification system and its application in manufacturing controlled emulsions
R. Hou, N. Aryanti, S. Biggs, R.A. Williams, University of Leeds, UK

Micro- and nanoemulsions in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products
B. Tal-Figiel, W. Figiel, Cracow University of Technology, Poland

POSTERS
ACORN - A Collaboration on Research into Nanoparticles
D.G. Parker, Chemistry Innovation KnowledgeTransfer Network, UK

PROFORM: Transforming nanoparticles into sustainable consumer products through advanced product and process formulation
G. Ozcan Taskin, BHR Group Ltd, UK

Nano-precipitation in IF steel by the use of hot compression test
M. Kazemzadeh, S.H. Aboutalebi, M. Amiri, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran; R.B. Lakeh, Iran Khodro Company, Iran, S.K.S. Mazinani, Sharif University of Technology, Iran

Microencapsulation and characterization techniques for poly-e-caprolactone microparticles entrapping insulin
A. Mukerjee, V. Pruthi, Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee, India

About BHR Group
BHR Group is an independent Contract Research and Technology organisation. Our services to industry are based around our core skills in Fluid Engineering and include contract research and development, consultancy, software design and development, product development, conferences, seminars and specialist training.

BHR Group has world-leading expertise and know-how on fluid mixing through collaborative research and consultancy projects. The Fluid Mixing Processes consortium (FMP) provides industrialists with design and scale up rules for stirred tank processes, jet mixed systems and in-line mixing devices. The Group also participates in R&D projects in partnership with industry and academia. One such project is PROFORM, part EC funded under FP6, which aims to develop design tools and methods for the manufacture of products containing nanoparticles in a highly dispersed, functional and stable state. Other FP6 nanotechnology projects include DINAMICS and KRISTAL.

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