Virtual IMRET Summit 2021:- 

Industrial Applications of Microreaction and Flow Chemistry

1-2 December 2021

Covid19 has caused the postponement of IMRET 16 to 28-30 November 2022. The organising committee believe an interim virtual meeting would be a valuable exercise to keep the international family involved and up-to-date with developments in the field.

The organising committee has decided to hold a 2-day online summit this year, as a "place holder" for IMRET 16, with a focus on industrial speakers working in the area of flow chemistry and microreactor technology. The topics cover insights in the use of new reactors, plant equipment and process concepts, and, importantly, their applications in various chemical manufacturing sectors, including pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals and others. The speakers will report about industrial successes, pitfalls, bottlenecks, and assessments/expectations.

The program will consist of two short ~3 h sessions, one on 1st and one on 2nd December, both timed for an evening start in Eastern Asia / Australia and an early morning start in Europe (9 am CET); all speaker slots are 30 min (25 + 5 for Q&A). Splitting up the program into two smaller blocks divided over two days, will make it more attractive for people to commit manageable amounts of time.



IMRET Overview

The first International Conference of Microreaction Technology (IMRET) was held in 1997, more than two decades ago. What developments in the microreactor field have taken place during this time? Most notably, our technology has become commercial - this is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. Pharmaceutical manufacturing will be continuous(-flow) in 2026, and is already becoming increasingly so today. Honestly, who would have imagined this when the first community was formed in Frankfurt/Germany in ice-cold February 1997 and discussed this seemingly far too distant ‘mission-impossible’? We all saw already at that time that our technology shares something pivotal, yet lacked imagination how chemistry within dimensions of a hair's diameter can be sufficient for a fully industrial production line. Much has happened since then ... pilot plants in Japan ... production plants and future factories in Europe and USA ... China entering the field and now microreactor suppliers opening their major manufacturing sites in China. Yes! Asia-Pacific was and is an early and creative adopter of the technology.

This IMRET in Australia is the first in the Southern hemisphere. This global region has its own interests and needs: agriculture, renewable energy, resources, and health. Just recently, Australia has become a major player in Space exploration, heading up to a leading position, and creating a new sense of enthusiasm much like the space programs in the 1950s and 60s. This IMRET will continue to approach current challenges and new opportunities, including the ones mentioned above.


Local Organising Committee


 Volker Hessel


Prof. Volker Hessel

Volker Hessel               University of Adelaide
Tanja Junkers               Monash University
chunxia zhao               University of Adelaide
Michael Oelgemoeller   James Cook University
Giancarlo Pascali          University New South Wales

 Christian Hornung


Dr Christian Hornung

Christian Hornung        CSIRO
Richard Payne              University of Sydney
Samantha Read           Chemistry Australia
Roger Stapleford          RACI
Anastasios Polyzos      University of Melbourne