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Lab Bench to Pilot Plant Workshop

May 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am - May 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm EDT

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May 13-17, 2019

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.”

“The hands on experience was amazing, and not something I could do at any other university.” – 2018 participant

 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.

Flyer PDF for the workshop.

“This workshop was invaluable. It allowed me to gain experience that will benefit me greatly as a scientist.” – 2018 participant

Michigan State University programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, political persuasion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, height, weight, veteran status, age or familial status. Please inform us if you need any accommodation for accessibility at (517) 432-4499.


May 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am EDT
May 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm EDT
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