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Section on Product Design and Engineering

Welcome to the website of the EFCE Section on Product Design and Engineering.

Current activities of the Section


Annual Business meeting

The recent meeting was held in Florence, Italy, in September 2019 in conjunction with ECCE12 & ECAB5.



Product Design and Engineering in Chemical Engineering: Past, Present State, and Future

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: 


Excellence Award

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.

The upcoming Excellence Award in Product Design and Engineering is planned to be presented at the European Symposium on Product Design end Engineering held in conjunction with ECCE13&ECAB6 in Berlin, Germany in September 2021. The call for nominations will open in autumn 2020.

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


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, The Netherlands

Dr. Jens UHLEMANN,  Bayer AG, Germany

Prof. Dr. Willi MEIER, DECHEMA e.V., Frankfurt, Germany

EFCE Frankfurt secretariat, Ines Honndorf
c/o DECHEMA e.V., Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25, 60486 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel.: +49 69 7564 209; Fax: +49 69 7564 418

Section members :

Prof. dr. Ton BROEKHUIS, The Netherlands
Prof. Jean-Claude CHARPENTIER, France
Dr. Raquel COSTA, United Kingdom
Dr. sc.techn. Stefan KAUFMANN, Germany
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
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):


EFCE Excellence Award in Product Design and Engineering



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

The Excellence Award in generously sponsored by Beiersdorf AG.

Download the press release here

Logo Beiersdorf
Presentation-Excellence Award PDE2019

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)


The 2017 Excellence Award was presented to Assistant Pofessor Arab Belkadi on 2 October 2017 at the 6th European Symposium on Product Design & Engineering held in Barcelona, Spain, as a joint event of WCCE10.

Download the press release here

Previous Award winners


Previous activities



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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