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Process Analysis is an integral part of process optimisation, process control and performance monitoring. Rapid analytical measurements are increasingly required in industry to monitor progress of a reaction, know when the end-point of a process has been reached, check reaction kinetics, detect impurities or control blending, granulation, etc. All these activities and many more require timely qualitative and quantitative information. This can often be provided through at-line, on-line, in-line or non-invasive application of molecular spectroscopy techniques. The course provides an introduction to molecular spectroscopy through a series of presentations and practical exercises/demonstrations on process spectroscopy techniques, including NIR, MIR, UV-visible, Raman spectrometries. Developments in complementary process analysis procedures based on light induced fluorescence spectrometry, mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and acoustic measurements will be described. Emphasis will be given to the practical application of spectroscopy to process analysis.

This course will be for those required to develop and/or use spectroscopic techniques for process analysis. Exposure to up-to-date developments ininstrumentation and procedures will provide practical appreciation of the attributes of different techniques.

The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • • NIR at-line and in-line analysis
  • • MIR in-line analysis
  • • Raman in-line and non-invasive analysis
  • • UV-visible in-line analysis
  • • Non-invasive reflectance NIR spectrometry
  • • Multivariate calibration model building