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Scale-Up Class May 16-20

Students at the annual lab bench to plant class

The workshop will familiarize you with the transitional issues encountered in moving a chemical process from the laboratory bench to a chemical plant. It includes:

  • chemical plant equipment,
  • process safety management (“PSM”; see 29 CFR 1910.119),
  • environmental regulations and waste management,
  • chemical process batch record preparation,
  • scale-up process economics,
  • chemical testing of raw materials, intermediates, and products, and
  • case studies and “war stories.”
For special accommodation, please call 517-432-4499.
Read about former participants in this program here.
Flyer here.

About the Facility

The MSU Bioeconomy Institute is home to extensive chemical laboratories plus a scale-up plant. The plant contains a large variety of glass-lined, stainless steel, and Hastelloy™ reactors ranging in size from 40 L to 4000 L, plus condensers, tray dryers, centrifuges, Niagra and other filters, and a Foxboro computer control system.

Teaching Staff

Former Pfizer staff with 100+ years of total professional experience at the site provide attendees with the operational perspectives of industrial chemists, chemical engineers, environmental/safety personnel, and plant operators.


Option 1 – Noncredit

  • Cost: $695 (student or teacher: $495); participants will be invoiced.
  • The workshop includes lunch each day; daily transportation not included.
  • Students are responsible for their own lodging (call 517-432-4499 for information on reserved rooms nearby) and transportation.

Noncredit registration here.

Fill out the for-credit form below if you are an MSU student and want course credit.


Option 2 – Credit (4 credit hours)

  • Current Michigan State University students may register for credit: CEM 890, Section 701.
  • The workshop includes lunch each day; daily transportation not included.
  • A housing subvention will be available (call 517-432-4499 for more information); students are responsible for their own transportation.