An Open Letter to CPAC Sponsors and Potential Sponsors

Past Chairs of the CPAC Industrial Advisory Board
Mel Koch, Executive Director of CPAC

Dear CPAC Sponsor or Potential Sponsor:

Efficiency, optimization, quality, low cost. We all hear these words as we face the task of improving our processes to meet the competitive challenges of the marketplace. These challenges require us to continually look for the appropriate tools and partners that can help us reach our goals.

For savings in production, raw material use, manpower, and energy costs, process analytical technology (PAT) can provide the tools needed to monitor and control our processes. The Center for Process Analytical Chemistry (CPAC) is an excellent partner where you can build an understanding of the issues as well as explore new ideas through interaction with both academic and industrial practitioners of PAT.

We recommend your consideration of membership in the CPAC consortium. The CPAC research program focuses on six core research areas:

  • Chemometrics - specialized and automated mathematical and data processing methods specifically designed for extracting useful chemical and physical information from sensor data for process monitoring and control, and rapid analysis.
  • Sensors - devices and instrumentation used to collect data from a process during manufacturing.
  • Spectroscopy/Imaging - methods using electromagnetic energy transmitted through, or reflected from, a sample yielding data related to the physical, optical, and chemical properties of a sample.
  • Chromatography - the use of separation and detection instrumentation for determining the organic chemical composition of liquids, solvated solids, and gases.
  • Flow Injection Analysis and Automated Wet Chemical Methods - automated separations and wet chemical analysis techniques applicable for process or rapid analysis.
  • Process Control – development of control system approaches to optimize the use of measurement science developments.

This research is accomplished in a multi-disciplinary environment that has included Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Genetics, Applied Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Forestry, and Food Science departments. In addition, funded researchers have come from a variety of universities including: the University of Washington, University of Alberta, University of Arkansas, Arizona State University, Clarkson University, University of California-Davis, University of Delaware, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, and Texas Tech University allowing for a diverse group of investigators who have provided a broad array of solutions to industrial problems. Global collaborations have been initiated with the following institutions: University of Bergen (Norway), University of Hull (United Kingdom), Institut for Microtechnology at Mainz (IMM) (Germany), Lausanne (Switzerland), MATFORSK (Norway), MicroChemTec (DECHEMA) (Germany), University of Parma (Italy), and Pisa (Italy)

The multi-disciplinary approaches of CPAC and the routine expose of graduate students to industrial sponsors, produces future graduates with the depth necessary to become an expert in a number of techniques combined with the experience of real-life problem solving. This results in a potential employee who can quickly contribute to provide a solution and add value to your efforts.

Sponsor companies also gain insight and influence into the work being pursued by instrument and sensor manufacturers. Industrial representatives have the added benefit of broadening their network and access to expert academic and manufacturing viewpoints in solving internal problems.

Another key contribution of CPAC is the ability to provide a forum to address key issues of concern to industry. This has resulted in a number of initiatives that have begun and are promoted by CPAC. Current activity includes the New Sampling/Sensor Initiative (NeSSI), MicroReactor Initiative, Chemometrics On-Line, Connectivity and Fermentation Control Initiative.

CPAC provides a venue where the benefits of membership are only limited by your involvement. In their experience, they have quantified benefits that originated from ideas that were sparked while listening to a presentation or discussing a project with a researcher. They have benefited through interaction on specific projects with the researchers allowing us to test a new technology on a real world problem and real samples. The company has also realized the benefits of hiring a student who was given both the technical and interaction skills needed to be successful in industrial research.

Your organization can also realize these benefits through your sponsorship and involvement in CPAC. As a CPAC sponsor, your organization will also experience the leveraging effect that this consortium provides. The $40,000 sponsor fee gives you access to over $5 million of research activity.

CPAC has been noted as one of the model academic-industrial research efforts in the United States. This effort is successful because of the cooperative interaction of the industrial sponsors and academic researchers. CPAC works because of the willingness of the primary investigators first to listen, and then to help solve measurement problems faced by industry.

Your membership will benefit you, your organization, and the center. We hope you will join us at CPAC. If we can be of any assistance, or answer any questions, please contact Mel Koch, (206) 616-4869, mel@cpac.washington.edu.

Best regards,

Mel Koch, CPAC Executive Director, mel@cpac.washington.edu