Chemistry symposium flows into Melbourne

August 20th, 2019

This December, flow chemists from around Australia and the world will converge on Melbourne for the 2019 Australian Flow Chemistry Symposium.

Organised by CSIRO, the symposium will feature presentations covering the latest advances in continuous flow processing for pharmaceutical, fine chemical and polymer manufacturing, flow electrochemistry, flow photochemistry, flow catalysis, microreactor technology, flow chemistry in space, and much more.

Senior research scientist with CSIRO’s manufacturing sector and Symposium Chair, Dr Christian Hornung, said the event is aimed at fostering exchange between chemists, chemical engineers, material scientists and other disciplines that are active in the field of flow chemistry and microreactor technology.

“Guest speakers from Austria, Japan, Canada, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Australia will speak on topics from continuous flow processing to flow modelling and simulation, polymer manufacture and everything in between,” Dr Hornung said.

The symposium will include a tour of CSIRO’s purpose-built, state-of-the-art Industrial Flow Chemistry Centre (FloWorks) in Clayton, the first of its kind in Australia.

Continuous flow chemistry is expected to become a fast-growing technology in coming years as traditional chemical manufacturers transition to flow systems and research and development into flow processing escalates.

Compared to traditional batch chemistry methods, reactions carried out in flow take place in a continuous stream, offering a cleaner, smarter and more efficient way of making chemicals.

Benefits of using continuous flow include reduced reaction times and plant space, more efficient processes, lower energy costs, reduced waste and a much safer environment.

“We send a warm invitation to those coming to Melbourne in December 2019 to experience fantastic science, make new friends and delight in a vibrant city,” Dr Hornung said.

The symposium will be held at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park from Monday 2nd to Tuesday 3rd December 2019. Registration and Abstract Submission are now open. For more information head to