EuroPACT 2017

Prices at the EuroPACT 2017

On occasion of the EuroPACT Conference 2017 in Potsdam near Berlin, Germany, the German Joint Working Group „Prozessanalytik“ in cooperation with Siemens has awarded the 5th Siemens Process Analytics Prize to a young scientist for an outstanding publication in the field of Process Analytics. The prize is endowed with € 1.500. An EUROPACT 2015 prize committee has selected the winner.

The prize was awarded on May 12th, 2017 in Potsdam to Raffaele Vitale, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain for the outstanding publication in the field of process analytics

Abel Folch-Fortuny, Raffaele Vitale, Onno E. de Noord, Alberto Ferrer, “Calibration transfer between NIR spectrometers: New proposals and a comparative study” Journal of Chemometrics, 2017 (in Press),

This is a very accurate and thorough paper – a very comprehensible and excellent work with importance to the community. The subject is practical oriented and represents not only a simple application study. The subject is fully within a process analytical context. The publications clearly stands out from others in that field.

Raffaele Vitale from Universitat Politècnica de València (left) received the 5th Siemens Process Analytics Prize from Johanna Rühl on behalf of Siemens and German Joint Working Group „Prozessanalytik“ (Photo: M. Maiwald)


Two more awards for the best posters were given to Markus Lichti and Dr. Lena Bressel. Each prize is endowed with 400 € (DECHEMA).

  • Markus Lichti (Uni Kaiserslautern)

In-line acquisition of particle size distributions

  1. Lichti1; H. Bart1; 1 TU Kaiserslautern, Lehrstuhl für Thermische Verfahrenstechnik,


  • Dr. Lena Bressel (Uni Potsdam/innoFSPEC, Potsdam)

Determination of particle/droplet size distributions in highly filled dispersions by Photon Density Wave spectroscopy

  1. Bressel1; R. Hass1; O. Reich1; 1 University of Potsdam, Institute of Chemistry, Physical

Chemistry – innoFSPEC, Potsdam/D

Photos: M. Maiwald


SPIRE at the EuroPACT 2017

The SPIRE booth on the EuroPACT 2017 conference. From left to right: Andreas Scriba (ProPAT), Frans Muller (ProPAT), Aleksandra Lewandowska (DISIRE), and Manuel Pereira Remelhe (CONSENS)

The 4th European Conference on Process Analytics and Control Technology took place in Potsdam, Germany, on 10 to 12 of May 2017, and attracted over 220 experts in the field of PAT and control from research and industry.

SPIRE was impressively represented with its own booth, a plenary lecture, two regular scientific presentations, 10 scientific posters from different SPIRE projects (CONSENS, DISIRE, FUDIPO, IbD, ProPAT), and a live demonstration of an online NMR sensor. Participants visiting the booth were impressed by the SPIRE PPP approach, the broadness and excellence of the SPIRE projects and the progress achieved so far. Several participants expressed their interest in getting involved.

Frans Muller (right) and Manuel Pereira Remelhe (left)
presenting SPIRE and their two projects in a plenary lecture

The plenary lecture on “Integrated Process Control – SPIRE Projects with High Impact for Process Industry” was jointly presented by Frans Muller (ProPAT) and Manuel Pereira Remelhe (CONSENS). First, they introduced the main ideas of SPIRE to the audience. Then, they illustrated with case studies and intermediate results how the cooperation of industry from a wide range of sectors and academia leads to high impacts in the European process industries and potentially in sectors beyond that.

The presentation of Nimet Kerimoglu on “Online Performance Monitoring of PAT-based Process and Control” showed how the company Clariant will employ a big data approach to assess online, if the process control solution is working optimally or not. Simon Kern presented the work of BAM on the “Design and Validation of a Compact NMR Analyser” which covers many different aspects starting from explosion protection and communication, to automated computation of concentrations from NMR spectra, to experimentation in the lab and the upcoming validation in the industrial pilot plant. All in all it’s a very challenging but also very a successful work.

The live demonstration of the online NMR developed within the CONSENS project by the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) was definitely a highlight. The participants could change the feed flows to the sensor and see via WLAN connection on their own mobile phones how the concentration measurement evolves over time.

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