Planned and organised by SciFora, the first Blending & Segregation Forum will be hosted by Purdue's Center for Particulate Products and Processes (CP3) on 05-08 August 2019.  

The Center for Particulate Process and Product (CP3) is a world-leading research center for the manufacture of particulate products including foods, consumer goods, specialty chemicals, agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals and energetic materials. The CP3 focuses on smart, model-based process design using process-structure-function relationships to produce tailored particles and structured particulate products. Read More about CP3

SciFora is a non-profit venture which designs, organises and promotes scientific forums in the US, UK and EU. The SciFora forums are small, focused and intense; they offer a platform for academia/industry/vendors scientific gatherings in the fields of pharmaceuticals and adjacent process-based communities.

The multiple events will be organized and steered by the following Scientific Committee:  

  • Marcial Gonzalez, Chair-- Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University.
  • Yi Fan-- Associate Research Scientist, Dow Chemical Company
  • Aaron Morris-- Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • Maitraye Sen-- Associate Sr. Consultant Engineer, Eli Lilly and Company

The Scientific Conference portion of the Forum (Tuesday & Wednesday) includes keynote speakers who will anchor four technical sessions:

  • Jennifer Sinclair Curtis-- Dean of the College of Engineering, UC Davis
  • John Hecht-- Technical Section Head: Drying and Particle Processes, Procter & Gamble
  • Richard M. Lueptow-- Sr. Associate Dean of Operations & Research, McCormick, Northwestern University
  • Anthony Thornton-- Associate Professor of Mathematics & Mechanical Engineering, University of Twente
  • Carl Wassgren-- Professor of Mechanics and Professor of Industrial & Physical Pharmacy, Purdue University

The Call for Papers is now closed 
A Call for Posters has been extended in order to encourage submission of recent research;  please submit abstracts to by 19 July

BSF2019 will include an optional Monday pre-conference workshop.  A Welcome reception, Poster reception and BSF banquet are also planned.  The optional Monday workshop will start at 11am and the conference will end Wednesday around 5pm.  An optional one-day symposium is scheduled for Thursday.

Who should attend?  Anyone interested in understanding and resolving the segregation problems resulting from the blending of dry particulates in the process industries.

  • industrial practitioners, plant engineers, process engineers, machine/process designers, formulation scientists and industrial scientists
  • scientists, scholars, modellers, experimentalists, teachers & students


We hope you can join us for this maiden voyage; your participation in the Blending & Segregation Forum (BSF) will help us make it an annual event alternating between North American and European venues.

Forum structure

Comprising a two-day Scientific Conference and pre-post conference events, the Blending & Simulation Forum (BSF2019) brings together thought/research leaders, students, industrial practitioners and equipment/services providers.
BSF2019 provides a small, focused platform for an in-depth discussion of research advances, experimental/numerical applications and the challenges created by the blending & segregation aspects of formulating and manufacturing in the process-driven industries.

Monday workshop (optional)

The Monday workshop and the Thursday symposium are optional events which will be limited to 20 participants each to accommodate lab sizes and promote interactions.

The Monday workshop will convene for registration at 10:30 am on Monday and will start at 11am; the session will start with short lectures relevant to the research effected at the CP3. The attendees will then split in two sub-groups that will visit the continuous solids processing pilot plant and the characterisation lab. The visits will include:
● a demonstration of the continuous tabletting train processing a direct compression blend
a review of the control and PAT features of the pilot plant
● a review of the instruments and methods available in the characterisation lab
● the blending & segregation aspects of the lab and pilot plant will be emphasised
● the sub-gr.oups will alternate, ensuring that all the participants view the lab and the pilot plant
● exact meeting locations and agenda will be included in the Welcome package

Thursday symposium (optional)                                                                                                                  

Scientific aspects of rotary tablet presses:  design/operation and die compaction                                         

Even though this symposium does not directly address press-related aspects of blending & segregation, the topic was selected by the Scientific Committee on account of its criticality and timeliness with respect to continuous manufacturing.

This 6-hour intense symposium is limited to a small group and gathers presses/compaction experts attending the Conference who are willing to update the group on their recent research.  Critical topics such as punch sticking, compaction models, feeders and material handling will be explored.  

The following 5 pages represent the entire program:  Workshop, Scientific Conference, and Symposium.  (Hover over bottom border of page 1 to continue to forward to additional pages.)

July 15 programme