The topics for the 2017 Granulation Conference will be:

The Macro Scale I: Processing for Granulation

• Fluidized Bed Granulation
• Spray Drying
• High Shear Granulation
• Extrusion-Spheronisation and Pelletization
• Roller Compaction
• Tableting
• Coating and Encapsulation

General topics

• Continuous Granulation (including feed rate and granule composition)
• Scale-Up
• Powder Mixing
• Particle Dissolution, Dispersion and Deposition
• Tools for Process Control and PAT
• Evaluating Product Performance
• Environmental Aspects / Energy Consumption
• Overall Process Concepts & Design
• Granulation: Variability and Error
• On-line measurement
• Variability and Error
• Affordability/Economics of granulation
• Industrial challenges in manufacturing
• Process control when running on the edge-continuous and batch systems
• Feed forward control based on powder characterisation
• Fast start up and shut downs

The Meso Scale: Mechanistic Description

• Wetting and Nucleation, and Growth and Consolidation
• Granulation Rate Processes
• Breakage in Granulation
• Characterisation of Material Properties and their Influence on Granulation
• Binder Properties
• Transport Phenomena during Granulation
• Stress Distributions and Flow Profiles in Granulation Processes

Towards a Generalised Model of Agglomeration

• Influence of material properties of feed particles on agglomeration mechanism
• High Viscosity and Low Viscosity Binders
• High Shear and Low Shear Granulators
• How to Design the Optimal Agglomerator
• How to Control Properties (Shape, Density, Strength and Size)

The Macro Scale II: Applications

• Tableting
• Pharmaceutical Granulation
• Fertilizer Granulation
• Agglomeration in the Food Industry
• Detergent and Personal Care Products
• Agglomeration in Suspension-Flocculation
• Nanoparticle-Granulation
• Agglomeration in the Metallurgical Industry
• Agglomeration in Catalysts
• Bio-granulation-Aerobic granulation
• Agglomeration in other Processes
• Undesired Agglomeration and Powder Caking
• Green Granulation - Innovative Processes

The Micro Scale: Granules and Smaller

• Structure-Property (Granule Structure, Product Performance)
• Droplet; wetting, spreading and rebound phenomena
• Interparticle Forces – Particle Adhesion – Sintering – Liquid bridge
• Product Structure vs Application Properties
• New Granule Characterisation Methods
• Hierarchically Structured Granules