Particle Technology Learn the Beauty of Particle Technology at Partec 2013

Editor: Dr. Jörg Kempf

Small sizes will get big importance from April 23–25, 2013 at the exhibition center Nuremberg. Partec 2013, one of the largest international congresses devoted to all aspects of particle technology, will run in parallel with Powtech. In the run-up to the event, Chairman Prof. Jonathan P. K. Seville talks about the beauty of particle technology, congress highlights and the importance of breaks held with beer and sausages.

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Partec Chairman Prof. Jonathan P. K. Seville: “The beauty of particle technology is the variety of areas it touches.”
Partec Chairman Prof. Jonathan P. K. Seville: “The beauty of particle technology is the variety of areas it touches.”
(Picture: Nürnberg Messe)

Nuremberg/Germany – Once again the time has come: Partec will open its doors from April 23–25, 2013. Around 500 particle specialists are expected at the triennial event. About 180 papers and 190 posters from industry, science and research will discuss the development of revolutionary materials for the chemical, pharmaceutical, food or building material industry. Chairman of the congress is Prof. Jonathan P. K. Seville from the University of Surrey, U.K.

? Prof. Seville, how is particle technology likely to alter the way people live?

Seville: Very many of the products which we encounter in our daily lives are either sold in particulate form — pharmaceuticals, detergents, foodstuffs, building materials — or involve particles in their manufacture — as catalysts, for example, or as components in electronics and sensors. In addition, we encounter particles all the time in our natural or man-made environment — as aerosols in the air we breathe and as soils in the earth we farm and build on. We see exciting developments in particulate products every day — in more effective drug formulations, in better “instant” foodstuffs, in smarter electronics; this is a very rich area for innovation.

? In what relationship do particle science and nano science stand?

Seville: The particle technologist and the molecular scientist are both fascinated with the same thing: that interesting size range between large molecules and small particles: the “nanoscale” where strange properties emerge. Of course, chemists and engineers are looking at this range from different directions and are bound to argue about what they see. But that tension is productive and leads to new approaches and new products.

? What is the importance of Partec congress for science and industry?

Seville: Partec attracts a very wide mix of attendees, from both academia and industry, all meeting together in the same place and surrounded by the vast exhibition of particles-related equipment which reminds the academics what a big and important business this is! Traditionally the conference has included plentiful breaks & poster sessions — with beer & sausages! — to enable the participants to interact and it is quite the best conference I know for meeting people. Young researchers are particularly welcome and are usually there in large numbers, making it a lively place to be. Without a doubt this is Europe’s number 1 conference on particle technology, but it also attracts a good number of attendees from other parts of the world.

The highlights of this year’s Partec program as well as the hotly debated topics within the particle technology community you’ll find on the next page.