Spray Drying and Atomisation of Formulations

About the course

What will I learn?
On completion of this course you’ll be able to:

  • apply an understanding of how fluid properties, rheology and atomisation performance can have an influence on spray drying

  • manipulate drying parameters to influence product microstructure, materials properties and quality parameters

  • appreciate the hazards involved in spray drying and how to ensure safe operation

  • recognise how spray drying processes can be scaled up and appreciate the possible pitfalls on scaling up

  • understand how spray drying principles can be applied to the manufacture of real industrial formulated products for economic and better preforming processes as well as improved product performance and quality

  • discuss how challenges are tackled across different industries

  • choose and design appropriate equipment such as atomisers and towers for laboratory, pilot and production-scale spray-drying.

How will I benefit?
You’ll benefit from academic and industrial presentations, demonstrations, theory and real industrial case studies.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for you if you’re:

  • a R&D scientist working in industries such as pharmaceuticals, detergents, foods, agrochemicals or pigments and you’re working in product formulation and need a broad overview of the subject of spray drying and atomisation

  • a scientist or chemical engineer who would value a deeper understanding of how science can be applied to real spray-drying problems

  • a process technologist, plant manager, involved in R&D or a process technician who needs a thorough practical grounding in the subject of spray drying and how it can influence the properties of formulated products

  • a university researcher who requires a deeper insight into real industrial problems, unmet needs and potential new research themes.


A practical course involving demonstrations, theory and real industrial case studies.

Day 1: Spray Drying and Atomisation Basics: Industry and academic experts provide the essential scientific background as well as practical hands-on laboratory demonstrations.

Day 2: Industrial Formulation Case Studies: Experienced specialists will show how the science of spray drying has been applied to influence the properties of real formulated products across a wide range of business sectors. Including more laboratory demonstrations.

Day 3: Half day to look at powder finishing, modelling and future development of spray drying. The course finishes with an optional trouble shooting forum to discuss questions which have arisen during the course.

During the course there will be an opportunity to discuss problems/individual challenges for discussion with experts in the field.


Course director:
Professor David York - University of Leeds

Course co-director:
Dr Jim Bullock, Director, iFormulate Ltd

Fee information


Fees are VAT exempt

Fees include: 

  • cost of tuition

  • course materials

  • lunches

  • light refreshments

Delegates are advised to book early in case any covid-19 restrictions in place at the time of the course result in reduced venue/room capacities and attendee numbers. We will be accepting bookings on a first come first served basis and if we do need to reduce numbers by cancelling bookings delegates will be informed at least four weeks prior to the course and a full refund will be issued.

View our terms and conditions

Venue details

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Leeds

Detailed directions (including the exact location for the course registration and presentation room) will be sent out with the delegate joining instructions.

How to find us

The nearest public car park is Woodhouse Lane (multi storey) at LS1 3HQ. The car park is open 24 hours. Charges apply. Please click here for information and location details. Please note this car park is a fifteen minute walk to/ from our building and delegates should allow ample time to park and register for the course. 

Car parking for visitors is unavailable at the University.

There is also limited on-street parking in the vicinity of the University.

What our delegates say

"An excellent overview of the challenges posed by spray drying" GEA Process

"I gained a good further understanding, excellent mix of people from various industries" Johnson Matthey

"A comprehensive introduction to spray drying for a variety of industrial applications, with deeper dives into a range of topics" Merck Sharp and Dohme

"Very useful to have industrial presenters that can show the "Real World" applications of the theory and advise problem solving questions" Syngenta

Contact us

Katie Warner – Course Coordinator

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 
University of Leeds,

T: +44 (0)113 343 8104

E: cpd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk



This course is supported by iFormulate.

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