CMAC News June 2013


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Welcome to the first edition of our monthly newsletter, CMAC News. We intend to use this newsletter to update our partners and supporters on the wide range of research, training and knowledge exchange activities across the national Centre programme. In this edition we have news on an exciting new capital investment in CMAC, as well as upcoming opportunities to engage with CMAC including our annual open day and the launch of our iCON project funding scheme.


Major award of £34.2m for CMAC

CMAC award of £34.2m for capital investment from HEFCE’s RPIF scheme was announced by the Chancellor, George Osborne on 6th June.  This substantial investment will further develop and enhance the leading facilities in our national research programme.  With a move into a new £89m Technical Innovation Centre planned for 2014 this award will provide state-of-the-art capabilities for researchers from academia and industry to work side-by-side to accelerate delivery on continuous manufacturing and crystallisation research.  Overall funding secured since 2011 is now upwards of £60m. Read more>>

  New purpose built laboratory facility within the Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde

CMAC 2nd Annual Open Day

Following on from the success of last year’s event the 2nd CMAC annual open day will be held on September 12th, at the Glasgow Science Centre. The programme will include talks from invited academic and industry speakers, posters presented by all Centre researchers, exhibitions from a range of world leading technology companies and excellent networking opportunities.  Read more >>


iCON project call open

Get involved with our National Centre Research strategy via iCON!  Our “iCON project” scheme has recently been launched to stimulate innovation in continuous manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and other fine chemicals through supporting short term feasibility projects.  We are inviting proposals primarily in the work-up area of continuous processing from individuals not currently involved in the Centre.  Read more>>


Industry update

Thanks to all the partners who contributed to the successful RPIF bid. The open access ethos is a great way to develop capabilities together.

CMAC and the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University is co-ordinating a bid for Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative – deadline October 2013. Any company (large, SMES) who are interested, please contact Craig Johnston.


Recruiting now

Interested in joining the growing CMAC team?  We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Research Fellow based @ the University of Strathclyde.  Read more>>

CMAC MSc programme is due to launch in September 2013 @ the University of Strathclyde.  We are recruiting now.  Read more>>

A few remaining DTC PhD studentships for 2013.  Don’t miss out – read more>>


CMAC researcher shortlisted for CIA Young Ambassador Award 2013

CMAC research associate Thomas McGlone @ the University of Strathclyde has been shortlisted for the prestigious Chemical Industries Association BASF Young Ambassador Award. Thomas is an integral member of the CMAC team, who has worked on several KTA projects involving world leading industrial collaborators. The winner of this premier accolade will be awarded on Thursday 20th June at National Railway Museum, York.


CMAC makes the news  

CMAC’s press profile has been on the up over recent weeks, with articles published in The Times, Holyrood Magazine, Chemical and Engineering News and the Specials Chemicals Magazine.  Furthermore, RPIF funding news was covered in 99 different press releases including the BBC News, STV online, The Times, The Times Higher Education, Pharma Times and The Manufacturing Chemist.  Read more>>

  CMAC in the news

DTC cohort complete first year training

The first cohort of the CMAC DTC has successfully completed their intensive 12 week training programme based at the 7 CMAC universities.  Their training concluded at the DTC summer school at Crieff Hydro. The nine pioneering students will now commence their research projects tackling innovative areas of continuous manufacturing research.


Other CMAC news

  • CMAC co-organised with Royal Society of Chemistry industrial Flow Symposium @ Chemspec Europe in Munich, June attended by over 130 delegates. CMAC research was also presented at the event by the Centre’s Prof Alastair Florence and Dr Jag Srai alongside one of CMAC’s industrial members Dr Chris Price, GSK.

  • Next generation reaction Platforms: Technology Showcase, an EPSRC Dial-a-Molecule Grand Challenge Theme meeting @ Brunel University in April. The Centre also provided seed funding to support a 3 month feasibility study in lab-scale continuous work-up area.

  • British Association of Crystal Growth, 16th–18th June 2013, Manchester. Keynote from Professor Alastair Florence and presentations from Rajni Miglani Bhardwaj and Craig Callahan.


Meet us at these events

  • 17th International Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy, 11th–16th August 2013, Warsaw Poland. Keynote from Dr Jan Sefcik in the Industrial Crystallisation session.

  • APS PharmSci – The Science of Medicines, 2nd – 4th September, Heriot Watt University. Professor Alastair Florence has been announced as Conference Chair.

  • CMAC annual open day, 12th September, Glasgow Science Centre.

  • EPSRC Manufacturing the Future Conference, 17th – 18th September, Cranfield University. CMAC will be hosting an exhibition stand along with presentations from CMAC researchers.

Read more>>


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