Special Issue "Modeling and Control of Crystallization"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).
Interests: artificial photosynthesis; carbon capture and sequestration; solar-energy conversion; environmental engineering; computational materials
Crystallization is an industrially important unit operation for the isolation, purification, and synthesis of a wide range of inorganic and organic materials, including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, semiconductors, catalysts, metal–organic frameworks, and other fine or specialty chemicals. Developing and subsequently controlling a crystallization process can be challenging and is often complicated by the solute coming from a multicomponent solution and the interactions of the solute with the solvents. Often, it is required that the solids be isolated consistently in a desired polymorphic form or as a specific solvate, while ensuring that high product purity is attained. The control of particle size and shape distribution may also be needed to avoid difficult filtrations, improve the activity of catalysts, modulate band gaps of semiconductors, or ensure product performance. Modeling and control of crystallization is one of the dominant research areas in materials science, with a rapidly growing number of publications at a current rate of ~2000 per year and a citation rate of ~ 17325 per year.
The objective of this Special Issue is to provide an opportunity for scientists and engineers all over the world to publish their latest and original findings on theoretical and practical approaches to the modeling and control of crystallization processes, during both development and routine commercial manufacture. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Process analytical technology (PAT) methods and tools that can lead to a more efficient development and control of robust crystallization processes
- Case studies and examples of how commercial crystallization processes are developed.
- Design and control of crystallization processes
- Examples of integration of crystallization with other unit operations—distillation, liquid–liquid separation, membrane separation, solid–liquid separation and filtration, drying, wet milling, reactions
- Population balance modeling for nucleation, growth, breakage, and aggregation processes
- Computational schemes to simulate the crystallization process
- Identification of parameters and kernels to predict size and shape distribution of crystals
Dr. Christopher L. Burcham
Dr. Meenesh R. Singh
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