The Flow Research Facility was founded by Prof. Michael Organ, the director of CCRI, in 2016 to facilitate research at the University of Ottawa and beyond with a state-of-the-art infrastructure for continuous manufacturing and analysis. In 2018, Dr. Debasis Mallik joined the facility as the Flow Research Facility Manager. The research activity at the facility has grown substantially over the last six years, initially serving members of the Science and Engineering faculties of the university, to eventually forming collaborations with universities across Canada and industries around the world.
What we do and why: Our mission
Continuous manufacturing, an emerging manufacturing platform that relies on the fundamentals of flow chemistry, enables process scientists to make essential commodities on-demand using greener and safer manufacturing methods. The ability to produce chemicals on-demand eliminates unnecessary over-stocking of commodities. The implementation of the Lean and Six Sigma principles through continuous manufacturing can drastically cut down on waste as well as streamline process workflow. However, the initial investment in setting up a process development infrastructure and the lack of technical know-how continue to deter process scientists from embracing the flow format.
The success from a continuous manufacturing process heavily relies on the synchronicity of a rather large cluster of moving parts that must channel reactive fluids in the right direction at the right time in order to achieve the best possible outcome. Our strategy is to identify the 'missing links' in the operation of such a highly synchronous and complex equipment cluster, and develop necessary tools and the core expertise here in Canada. The mission of the Flow Research Facility at the University of Ottawa is to empower scientists with the latest and the greatest hardware tools for the development of next-generation continuous reactor platforms and sustainable manufacturing processes.
We understand that perfection can be hard to attain. But if we make smarter tools and apply them to their fullest capabilities, excellence can be achieved.
Supporting continuous manufacturing research and education at uOttawa and beyond
The Flow Research Facility has grown substantially over the last six years, initially serving members of the uOttawa faculties, to collaborating with other universities across Canada and industries around the world.
The facility played an instrumental role in designing new devices, prototyping such devices in partnership with leading instrument manufacturers around the world, and working with the university faculty members toward authoring key publications. Many of the devices designed at the facility are shown to play key roles as a process analytical technology (PAT), an essential component of continuous manufacturing and continuous process validation (CPV). The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art reaction, sampling, and analysis tools for process intensification, process monitoring, and process validation.
Support and services
High-throughput multi-attribute process intensification
Solving a supply chain issue
Dialing back the chronological clock: Redefining the possible
Flow Chemistry Core Facility
Lead Specialist and Flow Chemistry Manager
Telephone: (613) 562-5800, ext. 6353