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Conference Postponement


Due to the ever worsening COVID-19 situation the organising committee has had to make the difficult decision to postpone IMRET 16, originally planned for 8 - 12 December 2020.
It is unlikely that the business and academic environment will normalise in 2020 so for the safety and well-being of our delegates and commercial partners and in order to allow sufficient time for attracting delegates and commercial partners to IMRET 16 it has been decided to postpone the conference until 28 Nov - 1 December 2021. The conference venue will still be the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

We look forward to seeing you there!

International Conference of Microreaction Technology


The first International Conference of Microreaction Technology (IMRET) was held in 1997, more than two decades ago. What developments in the microreactor field have taken place during this time? Most notably, our technology has become commercial - this is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. Pharmaceutical manufacturing will be continuous(-flow) in 2026, and is already becoming increasingly so today. Honestly, who would have imagined this when the first community was formed in Frankfurt/Germany in ice-cold February 1997 and discussed this seemingly far too distant ‘mission-impossible’? We all saw already at that time that our technology shares something pivotal, yet lacked imagination how chemistry within dimensions of a hair's diameter can be sufficient for a fully industrial production line. Much has happened since then ... pilot plants in Japan ... production plants and future factories in Europe and USA ... China entering the field and now microreactor suppliers opening their major manufacturing sites in China. Yes! Asia-Pacific was and is an early and creative adopter of the technology.

This IMRET in Australia is the first in the Southern hemisphere. This global region has its own interests and needs: agriculture, renewable energy, resources, and health. Just recently, Australia has become a major player in Space exploration, heading up to a leading position, and creating a new sense of enthusiasm much like the space programs in the 1950s and 60s. This IMRET will continue to approach current challenges and new opportunities, including the ones mentioned above.

We look forward to welcoming you to Australia in December 2020, to share exciting science and the most recent technological developments, make new friends and visit a bustling city with rich and varied culture, excellent food and wine and beautiful natural surroundings. There is no better spot on Earth than Australia, and IMRET16 in Melbourne will be the place to be!


Prof Volker Hessel

Co-Chair                   .

Dr Christian Hornung


Dates to remember

Abstracts open                                            28 Feb 2020
Registrations open                                      25 Mar 2020
          Abstracts Close                          02 Aug 2020
          Early Bird Closes                        14 Sept 2020

IMRET Executive Committee

Aaron Beeler        Boston University, USA

Ferenc Darvas     Flow Chemistry Society, CH

Shinji Hasebe       Kyoto University, JPN

Volker Hessel   University of Adelaide, AUS

Dong-Pyo Kim  Pohang University of Science & Technology, KOR

Guangsheng Luo Tsinghua University, CN

International Scientific Committee

Ian Baxendale        Durham University, GB
Claude de Bellefon École Supérieure Chimie Physique et
                                Électronique de Lyon, F
Guangwen Chen     Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics,
                                Chinese Academy of Sciences, CN
Roland Dittmeyer     Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), D
Timothy F. Jamison Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                                (MIT), USA
C. Oliver Kappe      University of Graz, AU
Gunther Kolb              Fraunhofer ICT-IMM, D
Amol Kulkarni             National Chemical Laboratory, IND
Stefan Loebbecke       Fraunhofer Institute ICT, D
Holger Loewe              Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, D
Michael Oelgemoeller James Cook University, AUS
Dominique Roberge    Lonza, CH
Peter Seeberger          Max Planck Institute of Colloids and
                                     Interfaces Potsdam, D
Steven A. Soper          University of North Carolina, USA

Local Organising Committee

Volker Hessel               University of Adelaide
Tanja Junkers               Monash University
Anton Middelberg         University of Adelaide
Michael Oelgemoeller   James Cook University
Giancarlo Pascali          ANSTO
Christian Hornung        CSIRO
Richard Payne              University of Sydney
Samantha Read           Chemistry Australia
Roger Stapleford          RACI
John Tsanaktsidis         CSIRO

Contact the event organiser

Use the details below or the contact form to the right to get in touch.

The Secretariat +61 3 93282033

Event Managers
The Royal Australian Chemical Institute
21 Vale Street, North Melbourne, 
Victoria, Australia, 3051 
ABN 69030287244
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