Talks & Lectures
11 Oct 2019

Effective Design of Particulate Products and Processes – A Systems Perspective

Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

BY Paul R Mort
Purdue University
Department of Materials Engineering
Center for Particulate Products and Processes (CP3)


Model-based approaches can improve the design and quality of particulate products and lead to more efficient processing. This seminar will discuss a complement of modeling efforts, specifically in the context of the design and execution of Purdue’s Center for Particulate Products and Processes, CP3, including:

• Fundamental research in powder flow and stress fields, a foundational element of processing.
• Intensified formulation: granulation with highly concentrated [active] binders.
• A modeling framework: formulation, control, scale-up, and systems integration.
• Reconsidering flowsheet modeling: how to facilitate its adoption?
• Modular solids process design: an enabler for process intensification and optimization.

Further, we will discuss innovation as a collaborative strategy. Innovation is necessary to fuel growth in industry; yet bold innovation can be risky especially when core inventions rely on having particles in product design and/or processing operations. How can we improve innovation efficiency in particulate product design and processing? We often see correlation between successful innovation and useful models. While models are often used to quantify fundamental aspects of an invention, they can also be used to refine a problem statement, define more robust and efficient means of validation, and even to open up new ideas for execution and acceptance of an innovative product or process in the market. Overall, modeling helps us to deepen our understanding, extend breadth of connections, and can be used as a good basis for collaboration within organizations as well as external partnerships.


Paul Mort recently joined the Materials Engineering faculty in support of Purdue’s Center for Particulate Products and Processes (CP3). He is globally recognized as an expert in particulate processing and powder technology. He has a demonstrated history of product and process innovation in the consumer goods industry, including 24 years with Procter & Gamble. Paul is an Editor for Powder Technology journal and consultant with the International Fine Particle Research Institute (IFPRI) for systems engineering and educational outreach. He is working with IFPRI to develop a pipeline of perspective articles for the Powder Technology journal.

For more information: Vanessa Irizarry, [email protected]

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