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Lab Bench to Pilot Plant Workshop

May 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am - May 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm EDT

blue pipes and copper tanks

Join us at the MSU Bioeconomy Institute in Holland, Mich.,
for a week-long, hands-on, chemical process
scale-up workshop

May 14-18, 2018

You will have the opportunity to learn from
the institute’s chemical industry veterans…

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.

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, Niagara 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.

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).

For-credit registration here.



May 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am EDT
May 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm EDT
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MSU Bioeconomy Institute
242 Howard Avenue
Holland, MI 49424 United States
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