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EPSRC Reference: GR/R04546/01
Title: IMI: Spinning Disc Reactor For Desktop Drug Manufacture
Principal Investigator: Scott, Professor K
Other Investigators:
Morris, Professor AJ Jachuck, Dr R
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
AH Marks and Co Ltd Alfa Laval GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK)
Hickson International Mettler-Toledo Ltd Protensive Ltd
Robinson Brothers Ltd Rosand Precision Ltd Thomas Swan
Department: Chemical Engineering & Advanced Material
Organisation: Newcastle University
Scheme: LINK
Starts: 01 January 2001 Ends: 31 May 2004 Value (£): 597,588
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Fluid Dynamics Reactor Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Chemicals
Related Grants:
GR/R04676/01
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A 3 year project is proposed to develop the capabilities of a spinning disc reactor (SDR) for the drug and fine chemicals industries. A consortium comprising 2 large pharmaceuticals companies, 4 fine chemical companies and a well known equipment manufacturer has been assembles to liaise with Newcastle University's Centre of Process Innovation and Intensification and Imperial College. Prototype SDR's will be designed at Newcastle Univeristy with input from members of the industrial consortium and build by [Alfa Laval]. Fundamental modelling of the fluid dynamical nature of flow over a SDR will be conducted at Imperial College and will provide a basis for collating experimental observations from studies conducted at Newcastle University. This work will enable rational performance predictions to be made when new reaction schemes or more extreme operating conditions are being considered. The industrial members of the consortium will contribute to the work by carrying out cast studies and detailed plant studies. Results of these studies will provide input for ongoing fundamental studies of the performance envelope of the SDR, extending those already conducted at Newcastle University during the Starter Award.
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