Crystallisation Science and Engineering

About the course

What will I learn?
This 2.5 day short course, delivered by academic and industrial experts, will outline the fundamental science and engineering of crystallisation processes.

How will I benefit?
On completion of the course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of crystallisation science and technology to assist in process development and scale-up for the manufacture of crystals with desired properties.

Who should attend?

This course is for you if you’re an engineer or scientist working in industries such as agrochemicals, biotechnology, food, fuels, personal care, pharmaceutical and speciality chemicals companies. It is relevant to those involved in crystallisation process development, scale-up, control and operations. It will also be of interest if you’re a postgraduate or post-doc involved in research in the general area of crystallisation.


Provisional programme – please note this is subject to change

Day One:

Registration 08.45 – 09.10

Crystallisation Fundamentals

  • Crystallisation route map

  • Nucleation and crystal growth

  • Crystal morphology and habit modification

  • Fundamentals of polymorphism

  • Screening for polymorphs (solid form selection)

  • Solid-State Analysis

  • Characterisation of pseudo polymorphs (TGA, DVS, IGC)

  • Panel Discussion

Day one ends at 16:25

Day two:

Crystallisation Processes

  • Hydrodynamics, mixing and heat transfer in batch crystallisers

  • Workflow for crystallisation process development – a case study

  • Continuous crystallisation processes

  • Post crystallisation unit operations: Filtration and drying

Measurements and Control

  • Particle size and shape measurements and characterisation

  • Control of crystallisation processes for PSD

  • Process spectroscopic techniques (IR, UV-vis, Raman)

  • Particle properties and performance

  • Panel discussion

Day two ends at 16:45

Day three: 


  • Fundamentals of co-crystallisation and case studies of recent developments

Crystallisation modelling and software demonstrations

  • Molecular to crystal science modelling route map

  • Software demonstration: VISUAL HABIT

  • Digital design of crystallisation process

  • Software demonstration: Introduction to the crystallisation modules of gPROMS FormulatedProducts (Simulation and Global System Analysis)

  • Panel discussion

Day three ends following lunch which is at 13:25

Please note that due to limited capacities in our labs currently, we are not able to run live lab demonstrations. There will however be hands-on opportunities to use crystallisation modelling software.


Course directors:

Dr Tariq Mahmud - School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds

Dr Xiaojun Lai - School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds

Confirmed speakers:

Full list of speakers available shortly

Fee information



Fees are VAT exempt.

Course fees includes:

  • cost of tuition

  • course materials

  • lunches

  • refreshments

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.


You are responsible for your own accommodation, if required. A list of hotels close to the University will be sent with your course joining instructions.

What our delegates say

"Course was good, covered a variety of topics and catered for those in industry and academia" Almac Group Ltd

"It gave me a good understanding of crystal formation and analysis, which was everything I wanted from the course" Infineum UK Ltd

"The course offers a wide variety of topics which should appeal to people involved in all aspects of crystallisation or crystal work" University of Liverpool

Contact us

Helen Forsyth – Course Coordinator

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


Please note, the CPD team are currently working remotely due to covid-19 and therefore unable to be contacted by phone. If you have any queries please send us an email to the above email address – Many thanks.



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