Course Description

Powders: Their Properties and Processing

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Course ID 117

In-Person Course

Who Should Attend?
The course is designed primarily for those concerned with products developed or manufactured from powdered solids in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and related industries. Most of the material, however, will be general enough to prove valuable to a much wider range of interests including, but not limited to:
  • Scientist
  • Suppliers
  • Technologists

Course Description
The primary purpose of this course is to review the various properties of powdered solids pertinent to the development and manufacture of the products of the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and allied industries. In particular, the latest experimental techniques and equipment for evaluating important properties of powders will be discussed and related to both the underlying principles and common industrial problems. The different powder processing operations will be discussed and the range of equipment and machinery for each will be critically reviewed.

Each topic will be briefly introduced at a fairly fundamental level, but will then be extended to cover more sophisticated and innovative techniques, emphasizing the practical usefulness whenever relevant. The formal sessions will be supplemented by informal discussion periods. You will be encouraged to raise specific problems.

Course Director
Dr. Cecil W. Propst; Managing Director, Propst Consulting Services

Dr. Cecil W. Propst is Managing Director at Propst Consulting Services, a formulation, and engineering support LLC located in Norton Shores MI. He was Director of R&D (Grand Haven site) at SPI Pharma until 2015. He served as Director of Quality Assurance and Technical Services at Fleming and Company, and before that, President of Manufacturing Chemists. His duties included system design, product and process development and regulatory affairs. Previously, he served as cGMP Facilities Director for the University of Maryland at Baltimore, in connection with the University’s SUPAC contract with the FDA. Dr. Propst also served as Director of Technical Development for Stellar Manufacturing; Director of Quality Compliance for SmithKline Beecham; Director, Quality Assurance for Norcliff Thayer (a Revlon Company); and Group Leader/Product Development and Manager/Quality Control for Lewis Howe Company. He serves as a consultant in the area of product development and process investigations for the chemical, diagnostic, food, engineering and beverage industries.

Additional Faculty
Dilip Parikh, President,DPharma Group Inc., Ellicott City, MD
William Kopesky, Director of Analytical Services, PTL

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