Living Up To The Process Challenge

on Wednesday, 02 April 2014. Posted in Process Chemistry News

C&EN Volume 92 Issue 12 | pp. 30-33 Issue Date: 24 March 2014

In a typical day, process chemists select reagents, pore over synthetic routes, think about safety, and manage costs.

Eli Lilly & Co. process chemist David Mitchell’s wife, Pearlette, doesn’t always like it when he pulls out his smartphone to check the latest journal e-alert. He never knows if the latest paper to hit his in-box will contain a solution he needs for an efficient new kilogram-scale synthesis of a drug candidate. So anytime his pocket buzzes, Mitchell takes a look.

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Enhanced Simple and Preparative Chromatographic Separations

Written by Dr John Knight on Wednesday, 29 January 2014. Posted in Process Chemistry News

Although there are instances where purification by chromatography is the method of choice (eg enantiomeric separations using SMB is both a powerful and potentially cost-effective option), most process chemists will design and develop processes with the intent to remove the need for purifications by chromatography.

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Process Intensification 2nd Edition: Engineering for Efficiency, Sustainability and Flexibility

Written by Dr Trevor Laird on Tuesday, 28 January 2014. Posted in Process Chemistry News

D.Reay, C Ramshaw and A.Harvey, IChemE, 2013, 591 + xiii pages, £95.00 ISBN 978-0-08-098304-2

This is definitely a book for process engineers rather than process chemists. It covers topics such as compact and micro-heat exchangers, reactors, separation processes and intensified mixing, after introductory chapters plot the history of process intensification followed by a brief overview of the topic.

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