Introducing ICT-CMAC

The ICT-CMAC (Intelligent Decision Support and Control Technologies for Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation of Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals) project is now underway and gathering momentum, with all key staff appointed and detailed research plans formulated.

The overall goal of the £3.1 million project is to accelerate the adoption of continuous manufacturing processes, systems and plants for the production of high-value chemical products to higher levels of quality, at a lower cost and in a more sustainable manner. In particular the focus is on the real time, robust monitoring of quantitative attributes (form, shape, size) of crystalline particulate products. To do this measurement data from in-line sensors will be processed to extract these key attributes in real time across multiple manufacturing steps and subsequently use this knowledge as inputs to an intelligent decision support and control platform.

Prof Ivan Andonovic, the Principal Investigator for the project, has extensive experience in intelligent decision support and data analysis methods across a number of application areas. As well as being an integral part of CMAC, the project draws specific expertise from a number of industrial partners. Academic inputs are drawn from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University, as well as the following Departments at the University of Strathclyde: Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Chemical and Process Engineering, Pure and Applied Chemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. Key personnel core to the project will be introduced in further issues of the newsletter. Further information on the project can be obtained from Prof Ivan Andonovic at or Dr Alison Cleary at


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