Process Design and Control Center
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
The mission of the Process Design and Control Center (PDCC) is to develop, prototype, and implement process systems engineering technology. The PDCC was established at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1985 with a specific focus on the development of conceptual design strategies for industrial chemical processes. Over the past decade, PDCC activities have shifted towards the creation of systematic methods for the rapid invention, development, and operation of industrial processes to manufacture microstructured chemical products including pharmaceuticals, emulsions, and nanoparticles. Current research efforts are focused on the prediction of particle size distributions and their effects on process dynamics and final product properties. The PDCC covers the complete manufacturing process from process and product technology innovation to plant design and control.
PDCC personnel collaborate with a diverse set of academic and industrial collaborators who offer complimentary scientific and engineering skills. Day-to-day research activities are performed by a talented group of graduate and post-doctoral students who interact directly with industrial sponsors. Industrial contributions are leveraged to obtain additional financial support from state and federal government agencies through competitive research grants. The PDCC is part of the Process Systems Engineering Consortium (PSEC) with chemical engineering faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
For further information about the PDCC please contact:
Prof. Michael A. Henson