Design and Manufacture of Functional Microcapsules and Engineered Products

An ECI Conference

April 3-7, 2016
Grand Hotel Minareto
Siracusa (Sicily), Italy


About This Conference

The demand for functional microcapsules or particles that can be successfully formulated into complex products to increase consumer benefits is ever increasing. Despite this, the range of available particles or microcapsules that can be manufactured cost effectively and at appropriate scale for many industries including, for example, pharmaceuticals, personal care, foods and fragrances remains limited.

Technical challenges associated with this field are many and include encapsulating low molecular weight highly-volatile materials within complex surfactant and polymer matrices and having them release on demand. Even if a design for such a system can be realized in the laboratory, there is then the challenge of manufacture. Many academic reports of possible particles/capsules include many synthetic steps and conversion of these to viable commercial processes is not trivial. Another challenge is the manufacture of particles with well-defined and non-spherical shape, high uniformity in size and surface properties.

This research field is multi-disciplinary and requires inputs from chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering and others. The conference will provide a forum for scientists and engineers from both academic and industrial organizations who are actively involved in this area to come together and share information on their latest research. The conference will aim to promote and encourage interaction amongst researchers with an emphasis on defining the challenges around successful translation of novel capsule designs into products that can be manufactured.

Program Outline

  • Design and Synthesis of Novel Functional Particulates
  • Design and Synthesis of Novel Microcapsules
  • Scale-up and manufacture of novel particulates
  • Formulation challenges
  • Medical and biomedical applications
  • Consumer product applications

Conference Organization

Chair:  Simon Biggs, University of Queensland (Aus);


Olivier Cayre, University of Leeds, UK
Orlin D. Velev, North Carolina State University, USA

Conference Program

Conference Program with Posters

Conference Abstracts

Oral Presentations

Poster Presentations

Conference Photos

With many thanks to Herman Bieber

Presentations and Discussions


Food in Sicily

Sicilian Sights

General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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