Current activities of the Section
The Section welcomes its new Chair, Prof. Francesco Picchioni, from 1 January 2022.
Excellence Award in Product Design and Engineering 2021
The award, which is generously sponsored by Beiersdorf AG, was presented to Dr.-Ing. Christian Rieck on Monday, 20 September 2021 at the Symposium "Future Directions in Product Design and Engineering", held as a satellite event of the 13th European Congress of Chemical Engineering
Previous Excellence Awards:
The 2019 EFCE Excellence Award in Product Design and Engineering was presented at the 12th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE12) in Florence, Italy, 15-19 September 2019.
Annual Business meeting
The recent meeting was held in online in September 2021.
Mission and Aims of the Section
Product design and engineering (PDE) is considered a branch of the general chemical engineering discipline at the interface between the fields of chemical engineering, formulation science & technology and materials science & engineering.
It is applied in many industrial areas, such as pharmaceutical, biomedical, food and feed products, cosmetics, adhesives, coatings, composites, etc.
This discipline comprises four major elements:
- structured product design and engineering methodology covering all elements in the product supply chain
- molecular design and engineering of properties
- understanding of molecular/micro-structure and product performance relationships
- insight into molecular/micro-structure and processing relationships
Mission & Aims
The mission of the Section on Product Design and Engineering is:
- To strengthen the scientific understanding of product design and engineering
- To stimulate and accelerate the development of
- innovative, complex and highly structured products
- suitable production processes
- To create a generic discipline across the different industrial sectors and to stimulate contacts between industry and academia
The aims of the Section are to
- consolidate European activities in this field
- organize biennial conferences
- establish a network and create a database of practitioners
- support educational activities and develop teaching material
Structure and Organisation
Prof. Dr. Francesco PICCHIONI, University of Groningen, Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen (ENTEG), Groningen, The Netherlands
Dr. sc.techn. Stefan KAUFMANN, Beiersdorf AG, Germany
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich BRÖCKEL, HS Trier, Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld, Germany
Dr.-Ing. Gerhard WAGNER, DSM Nutritional Products, Switzerland
Dr. Jens UHLEMANN, Bayer SAS, France
EFCE Frankfurt secretariat, Ines Honndorf
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Prof. Lilia AHRNÉ, Denmark
Prof. dr. Ton BROEKHUIS, The Netherlands
Prof. Jean-Claude CHARPENTIER, France
Dr. Raquel COSTA, United Kingdom
Dr. Javier ARRIETA ESCOBAR, France
Prof. Dr. Angel IRABIEN, Spain
Prof. Dr. Sören KIIL, Denmark
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias KIND, Germany
Prof. Dr. Zeljko KNEZ, Slovenia
Dr. Francois MATTHEY, Switzerland
Dr. G.D. MOGGRIDGE, United Kingdom
Prof. Dr. Martin MORGENEYER, France
Prof. Dr. Leszek MOSCICKI, Poland
Dr. Amrit PAUDEL, Austria
Prof. Dr. Francesco PICCHIONI, The Netherlands
Dr. Marco RAMAIOLI, United Kingdom
Prof. Pedro SARAIVA, Portugal
Prof. Catinca SECUIANU, Romania
Prof. Tomasz SOSNOWSKI, Poland
Dr.-Ing. Torsten STELZER, Puerto Rico
Prof. Evangelos TSOTSAS, Germany
Event Series of the Section
The Section organises a biennial Symposium on Product Design and Engineering, held in conjunction with the European Congresses of Chemical Engineering (ECCEs):
- 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering (WCCE10)
Barcelona, Spain, 1-5 October 2017
- 10th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE10)
Nice, France, 27 September 1 October 2015
- Symposium on Future Directions in Product Design and Engineering
online, 20 September 2021
jointly organised by the Erlangen Collaborative Research Centre 1411 on “Design of Particulate Products” and the EFCE Section on “Product Design and Engineering” as a satellite event of the 13th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (satellite session), which took place as a virtual event from 20-23 September 2021.
- Strategy meeting: Future Directions in Product Design
online, 26-27 October 2020
co-organised by CRC 1411 and the EFCE Section on Product Design and Engineering. The status quo of product design in different fields of application was reviewed by experts from industrial and academic perspectivesto identify key challenges and future prospects of product engineering.
EFCE Excellence Award in Product Design and Engineering
The award will be presented to Dr.-Ing. Christian Rieck on Monday, 20 September 2021 at the Symposium "Future Directions in Product Design and Engineering".
The Symposium will be held as a satellite event of the 13th European Congress of Chemical Engineering
The Excellence Award in generously sponsored by Beiersdorf AG.
The 2019 EFCE Excellence Award in Product Design and Engineering was presented to Dr. Andreas T. Güntner at the 12th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE12) in Florence, Italy, 15-19 September 2019. > more
From left to right: Dr. Stefan Kaufmann (Beiersdorf AG, Chair of EFCE Section on Product Design and Engineering); Dr. Andreas Guentner (Award winner); Prof. David Bogle (EFCE Scientific Vice-President)
Jens Uhlemann, Raquel Costa, Jean-Claude Charpentier
Results of the EFCE Section PDE survey based on PDE academia and industry expert and practitioner feedback as well as on a literature review.
Chemical Engineering & Technology, Volume 42, Issue 11, November 2019, Pages 2258-2274
Open access publication in the journal Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, Volume 27, March 2020, Pages 10-21, at:
The EFCE Section on Product Design and Engineering (PD&E) was founded in 2003 during the first EFCE-sponsored PD&E Conference held in Granada, Spain. The Section was created in response to the increasing demand of the chemical-based product industries. So far, the Section has organisedseveral biennial conferences on product design and engineering: Granada, Spain (2003); Groningen, The Netherlands (2005), Copenhagen, Denmark (2007); Montreal, Canada (2009) and Berlin, Germany (2011).
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