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PPXRD-16 – XRD Training for the Pharmaceutical Scientist!

The Pharmaceutical Powder X-ray Diffraction Symposium is designed to create a forum for the exchange of knowledge and cutting-edge ideas among those interested in the combined fields of XRD and pharmaceutical sciences. It typically includes a full-day workshop, followed by several important sessions focused on practical applications of X-ray analysis in the study of pharmaceutical materials. Topics include patent and regulatory issues, formulation, product development, drug delivery, polymorphs, amorphous and nanomaterials, complimentary techniques, and much more.

Since 1999, ICDD has hosted 15 PPXRDs in various parts of the world. The host locations typically rotate and symposiums have been held in USA, Europe, and Asia. The abstracts from previous symposiums are publicly available as well as the presentations, except for the most recent event. The most recent presentations are available to attendees of that year’s event, for one year. After that time, they also  become publicly available.

This year’s PPXRD is a joint meeting with the second SPS-XRPD –  Spring Pharmaceutical Synchrotron X-ray Powder Diffraction Workshop and will be held in Switzerland at the Paul Scherrer Institute from 9-12 May 2019.

Spring Pharmaceutical Synchrotron X-ray Powder Diffraction Workshop

Laboratory powder diffraction is a proven and trusted technique for pharma R&D but synchrotron powder diffraction pushes beyond the capabilities of conventional instrumentation. SPS-XRPD is joining with PPXRD to highlight the most exciting recent developments and opportunities in pharmaceutical R&D made possible by synchrotron XRPD. The joint meeting offers the chance to engage an active network of synchrotron, academic and industrial pharmaceutical scientists, promote awareness of this technique and lower the barriers to access synchrotron XRPD and total scattering techniques.

Visit the SPS-XRPD-1 website to view information from the first workshop held at Purdue University in May 2018.

Dr. Fabia Gozzo, Excelsus Structural Solutions (Swiss) AG, Switzerland

Prof. Stephen R. Byrn, Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, Purdue University, USA

Dr. Chris J. Benmore, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Mr. Stefan Müller, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland

Dr. Benno Rechsteiner, Park Innovaare, Switzerland

Dr. Mathilde Reinle-Schmitt, Excelsus Structural Solutions (Swiss) AG, Switzerland

Dr. Pamela A. Smith, Improved Pharma, USA

Contact: sps-xrpd@excels.us

In conjunction with the upcoming joint PPXRD-16/SPS-XRPD-2 meeting taking place from the 9th to the 12th May 2019 in Switzerland, Excelsus Structural Solutions launches a program of ‘case studies’. This program gives 5 selected pharmaceutical companies the opportunity to explore for free the capabilities offered by Synchrotron XRPD on a real industrial problem. Examples include purity assessment of APIs or formulations, trace analyses, quantitative phase analysis, amorphous quantification.

The results would then be presented in a dedicated session of the conference and act as sources of inspiration to nurture new and innovative ideas based around the unique potential of Synchrotron X-ray Powder Diffraction. More details about the company and the program are available in the attached brochure. Excelsus’ team looks forward to receiving your short application for the case studies program before November 15th 2018!  Think outside the box and challenge us!

For questions or assistance regarding the Case Studies Program, please contact:

Mathilde Reinle-Schmitt, PhD,  Scientist
Excelsus Structural Solutions (Swiss) AG
+41 563104470
PARK innovAARE, 5234 Villigen – Switzerland

Dr. Tom Blanton, Chair, International Centre for Diffraction Data, Newtown Square, PA, USA

Dr. Detlef Beckers, PANalytical, Almelo, The Netherlands

Dr. Graciela C.D. de Delgado, University de Los Andes, Merida, Venezuela

Dr. Julien Giovannini, AstraZeneca R&D, Sweden

Dr. Fabia Gozzo, Excelsus Structural Solutions sprl, Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Arnt Kern, Bruker AXS GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany

Ms. Terry Maguire, International Centre for Diffraction Data, Newtown Square, PA, USA

Dr. Keisuke Saito, Rigaku Americas, Houston, TX, USA

Dr. Gregory A. Stephenson, Crystal Pharmatech Inc., Fishers, IN, USA

Dr. Raj Suryanarayanan, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Dr. Shawn Yin, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Local Organizer for PPXRD-15
Professor T. N. Guru Row, Indian Institute of Science, India

Organizing Committee Bios

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Hotel Terminus Brugg


Rooms are limited and will sell out quickly. Please do not delay in making your reservation.

A block of rooms has been reserved for Wednesday evening, 8 May 2019 until Sunday morning, 12 May 2019 for attendees of the PPXRD-16 & SPS-XRPD-2 symposium at the Hotel Terminus Brugg in Switzerland.

All rooms are equipped with private bath and toilet – or shower and toilet, TV/Radio, Fridge (with a free Welcome-Drink every day), and free Internet (WLAN) from Swisscom inside the building.

If possible, please use the hotel’s on-line form Contact” to reserve your room(s).

Room Categories and Prices

Rooms & Fees for 1 person:
CHF 120.-/night: Smaller, older, budget room
CHF 125.-/night: “Standard” single room
*CHF 158.-/night: Newly built, “comfort” room
*CHF 160.-/night: “Superior” room with bathtub and shower.

Rooms & Fees for 2 persons:
CHF 190.-/night: “Standard” for 2 people with bathtub
*CHF 230.-/night: Newly built, “Superior” with bathtub and shower

*New rooms only for non-smoking!

Included in the price!

  • Buffet Breakfast (daily open from 6am till 9am)
  • Free Internet (WLAN) in the rooms
  • Free Hotel parking – and all taxes and fees
  • All prices are net Hotel and are also valid for the year 2019!

Please visit the hotel’s website to learn more about services and room options:

Hotel Terminus Brugg AG
Bahnhofplatz 1-5
CH-5200 Brugg
Phone:  +4156 460 25 25


PPXRD-15 – 18-20 August 2017 – PPXRD-15 Program
Hyderabad, India

PPXRD-14 – 6-9 June 2016 – PPXRD-14 Program
Sanibel Harbour Marriott
Fort Myers, Florida, USA

PPXRD-13 – 18-21 May 2015 – PPXRD-13 Program
Schwarzwald Panorama
Bad Herrenalb, Germany

PPXRD-12 – 20-24 May 2013 – PPXRD-12 Program
Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing, China

PPXRD-11 – 15-18 May 2012 – PPXRD-11 Program
Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
Fort Myers, Florida, USA

PPXRD-10 – 16-19 May 2011 – PPXRD-10 Program
Lyon, France

PPXRD-9 – 22–25 February 2010 – PPXRD-9 Program
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA

PPXRD-8 – 4-7 May 2009 – PPXRD-8 Program
Glasgow, Scotland, U.K

PPXRD-7 – 25-28 February 2008 – PPXRD-7 Program
Orlando, FL, U.S.A.

PPXRD-6 – 19-22 February 2007 – PPXRD-6 Program
Barcelona, Spain

PPXRD-5 – 14-16 February 2006 – PPXRD-5 Program
Somerset, New Jersey, USA

PPXRD-4 – 21-24 February 2005 – PPXRD-4 Program
Barcelona, Spain

PPXRD-3 – 23-25 February 2004 – PPXRD-3 Program
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA

PPXRD-2 – 9-12 December 2002 – PPXRD-2 Program
Concordville, PA, USA

PPXRD-1 – 27-29 September 1999 – PPXRD-1 Program
Newtown Square, PA, USA

Search and Browse previous PPXRD abstracts & presentations in the Research Tools Area.