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30 October 2013

PSE awards €5000 Model-Based Innovation prizes

Winning Rutgers ERC-SOPS paper demonstrates gPROMS application to pharmaceutical tablet production

LONDON, 30 October 2013 --- Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), the Advanced Process Modelling company, today announced the winners of the prestigious PSE Model-Based Innovation (MBI) Prize for 2013.

PSE, providers of the world-leading gPROMS modelling platform, awards an annual €3000 winner's prize and two runners-up prizes of €1000 each for the most innovative use of advanced process modelling techniques in support of published research. The prizes will be awarded at a reception on Wednesday 6 November at the AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The winners of the main prize are Marianthi Ierapetritou, Fani Boukouvala, Vasilios Niotis, Rohit Ramachandran and Fernando Muzzio of Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA for their paper An integrated approach for dynamic flowsheet modeling and sensitivity analysis of a continuous tablet manufacturing process, published in Computers and Chemical Engineering.

The judges summarised the research presented in the paper as "an excellent piece of work that demonstrates gPROMS's advanced capabilities in high-fidelity modeling of solids processes, including the integration of models obtained from literature, and the ability to use the developed flowsheet models to perform dynamic sensitivity analysis simulations for the identification and quantification of critical sources of uncertainty".

Runners up were Alex Kalbasenka from PURAC Biochem and Adrie Huesman and Herman Kramer from Delft University of Technology, for their paper Modeling batch crystallization processes: Assumption verification and improvement of the parameter estimation quality through empirical experiment design, and Jason Bentley and Yoshiaki Kawajiri from the Georgia Institute of Technology for their paper Prediction-Correction Method for Optimization of Simulated Moving Bed Chromatography. Full details can be found on the PSE website.

The prize is judged by a team of leading academics in the field of process systems engineering, Professors Stratos Pistikopoulos (chair) of Imperial College London and Michael Georgiadis of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

gPROMS is widely used throughout the chemicals, energy, petrochemical, food and pharmaceuticals sectors, including some 200 academic organisations. Mark Matzopoulos, deputy MD, says "PSE has a strong history of working with academic communities around the world to foster innovation, through our academic programme, the MBI Prize and our Partnership for Advanced Process Modelling. We congratulate our winners on the quality of their work."

Kate Burness +44-20-8563-0888,
k.burness@psenterprise.com

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