Use of a Semi-Automated Crystallizer to Study Oiling-Out and Agglomeration
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Use of a Semi-Automated Crystallizer to Study Oiling-Out and Agglomeration

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Industrial Crystallization Optimization

Use of a Semi-Automated Crystallizer to Study Oiling-Out and Agglomeration
Use of a Semi-Automated Crystallizer to Study Oiling-Out and Agglomeration

In this presentation, "The Application of a Semi-Automated Crystallizer to Study Oiling-Out and Agglomeration", Xiaowen Zhao of Corteva presents a case study on a challenging industrial crystallization. The crystallization under investigation was prone to oiling-out, which led to agglomeration and crystallization stalling. A semi-automated crystallizer — designed and built iteratively to meet the changing requirements of the crystallization process — was used to study the crystallization and identify the failure modes. A fiber optic probe was included in this setup to track turbidity, which was found to drop in signal whenever an oiling-out/agglomeration event was observed with in-situ video microscopy.

With this knowledge, turbidity was monitored to detect oiling-out and was subsequently used as a feedback mechanism to change the temperature profile to reverse oiling-out/resume crystal growth during crystallization. The automated sampler, coupled with offline HPLC analysis, provided valuable insight about the behavior of impurities during oiling-out and identified one specific impurity that influenced the formation of the second liquid phase and crystallization rate. The data-rich experimentation performed allowed for the expedient optimization of crystallization parameters, such as temperature profile, seed loading and cycle time. The final crystallization was robust, predictable and capable of self-correction, should a potential failure mode be encountered.  

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Xiaowen Zhao - Corteva
26 minutes
English

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