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 5 - 8 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!
Dates to remember
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
Claude de Bellefon École Supérieure Chimie Physique et
Guangwen Chen Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics,
Timothy F. Jamison Massachusetts Institute of Technology
C. Oliver Kappe University of Graz, AU
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
Steven A. Soper University of North Carolina, USA
Local Organising Committee
Anton Middelberg University of Adelaide
Michael Oelgemoeller James Cook University
Giancarlo Pascali ANSTO
Samantha Read Chemistry Australia
Roger Stapleford RACI
John Tsanaktsidis CSIRO
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