IPROCOM: The development of in silico process models for roll compaction

IPROCOM is a multidisciplinary and inter-sectoral consortium funded by European Commission under the FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN Programme.

Start date

01 January 2013

End date

31 December 2016


The project consortium brings together experts from engineering, pharmaceutical science, materials science and computer science disciplines from 10 full partners and four associate partners specialising in pharmaceutical development, machine manufacturing, multimedia and science communications.

Structured research training in IPROCOM consists of three complementary work packages:

  1. Process understanding through systematic experimental investigation
  2. Multiscale modeling with discrete element methods (DEM) and finite element methods (FEM)
  3. Intelligent modeling with artificial neural networks, evolutionary computation and other heuristic techniques.

Aims and objectives

The goal of IPROCOM is to address scientific and technology challenges in the manufacturing of particulate products (pharmaceuticals, catalyst pellets, detergent tablets, fertilizer, biomass and metal components) through a coordinated and structured research training programme.


In particular, it aims to develop robust in silico process models that can be used to predict the properties of intermediate (ribbons/granules) and final products (tablets/pellets/components) based on the properties of individual particles and to provide structured training for the next generation of researchers who will comprehend such models, associated knowledge and techniques and apply them to a number of particulate products manufacturing industries.

Funding amount

€3.8 million



Ajith Abraham

Professor Ajith Abraham

Supervisor: Machine Intelligence Research (MIR) Labs, Czech

Crina Grosan

Dr Crina Grosan

EU Research Charter Champion: Department of Computer Science, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania

Peter Kleinebudde

Professor Peter Kleinebudde

Director of Research and WP1 Lead: Institute of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, Heinrich-Heine-University, Germany

Torsten Kraft

Dr Torsten Kraft

Training committee WP2 Lead: Fraunhofer Institute, Germany

Olivier Lecoq

Dr Olivier Lecoq

Supervisor: Mines Albi, France

Michele Marigo

Dr Michele Marigo

Director of Training: Research and Development, Johnson Matthey, UK

Aleksander Mendyk

Dr Aleksander Mendyk

WP3 Lead: Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, Jagiellonian University, Poland

Abder Michrafy

Dr Abder Michrafy

Training committee WP1 Lead: Powders and Processes Group, Mines Albi, France

Charles Radeke

Dr Charles Radeke

Outreach Champion: RCPE, Austria

Gavin Reynolds

Dr Gavin Reynolds

Research and Development: AstraZeneca, UK

Vaclav Snasel

Professor Vaclav Snasel

Supervisor: Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Vysoka Skola Banska, Czech

Hugh Stitt

Professor Hugh Stitt

Director of Training: Catalyst Manufacture and Reaction Engineering Research, Johnson Matthey, UK

International Advisory Board

Wei Ge

Professor Wei Ge

Professor in Chemical Engineering, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Karen Hapgood

Professor Karen Hapgood

Head of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, Australia

Antonios Zavaliangos

Professor Antonios Zavaliangos

A. W. Grosvenor Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, USA

Early stage researchers

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Experienced researchers

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Conference publications

Journal papers

Courses and conferences

IPROCOM aims to develop a cohort of 15 young scientists with the necessary depth and breadth of experience combined with the research and transferable skills required to communicate and work effectively across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries in the field of particulate product manufacturing and process engineering.

IPROCOM will provide training on both the task-specific research skills and the generic and transferable skills through a combination of local, e-learning, network-wide and external training activities.

Contact us

  • Email:  ling.zhang@surrey.ac.uk

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