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Loughborough University research to revolutionise pharmaceuticals manufacturing

Loughborough University has been awarded more than £1.1 million to help revolutionise manufacturing techniques for the pharmaceuticals industry.

The main aim of the CrySys project is to improve efficiency and quality in the production of crystalline goods, such as drugs, whilst at the same time reduce wastage and energy costs.

This pioneering research is being led by Professor Zoltan Nagy from the Department of Chemical Engineering, with funding from the European Research Council.  It will involve the development of an ‘intelligent’ Crystallisation Systems Engineering Tool, which can react and adapt to changing operating conditions to guarantee the sustainable production of consistent, high quality crystalline solids.

Although initially it will focus on the pharmaceuticals industry, ultimately it could aid the manufacture of countless crystalline products, from enhancing food quality to the creation of more environmentally friendly pesticides.

Professor Nagy explains: “The pharmaceutical industry operates in a fast changing market and is under constant pressure to comply with more stringent product requirements, as well as the need to reduce energy demand and production costs.  To meet these needs the industry requires crystallisation processes which are flexible, easy to scale up and energy and cost efficient.  This is what I am aiming to create at Loughborough.

“The production of more than 70% of all solid products involves crystallisation, so this is an issue that affects many sectors.  This research will not only provide a breakthrough in crystallisation science, but the results could revolutionise the methods in which crystallisation will be designed and controlled in the future.”

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Notes for editors:

1. The CrySys – Crystallisation Systems Engineering: Towards a next generation of intelligent crystallisation systems – project is due to finish in 2016.

For further information about the research contact Professor Zoltan Nagy by emailing Z.K.Nagy@lboro.ac.uk

2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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