Jurys Inn, East Midlands Airport, UK

December 4th – 5th 2018


Formulations are complex products with multiple components and phases. Also, we usually need to balance several performance properties to deliver the optimum product. No wonder that the traditional “one variable at a time” approach to product optimisation often fails.

DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS FOR FORMULATORS is a two-day course which will improve your practical understanding of statistical experimental design (DoE) and how it can be applied to improve and develop your formulations.:

– Those involved in all aspects of formulation, from researchers, through to product developers, scale-up engineers and process engineers in manufacturing.
– Those active in all formulating industries areas including inks, coatings, agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, drink, FMCG, home care and health care.

DoE software will be used in the course, but the principles can be applied to all traditional software packages as well as Excel. No serious prior statistical knowledge will be needed.



Attendees will

  • Become familiar with the principles of Experimental Design (DoE)
  • Learn the differences between screening, optimising and robust designs
  • Learn how to design full and fractional designs for processes and mixtures
  • Understand how to analyse results to identify main factors and interactions
  • Appreciate the value of Principle Component Analysis for formulations
  • Become aware of the pitfalls to avoid in DoE



Day 1 – Tuesday 4th December 2018

8:30 Registration

9:00 Introduction and course objectives

9:15 The “Art of Formulation”

9:30 Introduction to the principles of Design of Experiments (DoE) with a comparison with traditional methods. Introduction to DoE language and the DoE process. How to identify potentially important factors and ranges

10:45 Coffee

11:00 Designs for two factors. Taylor’s expansion and an introduction to the statistics. Designs for three and more factors. Workshop: Selecting factors and ranges

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Fractional factorial designs. Different design types from screening designs to optimisation and robustness designs

15:00 Coffee

15:15 Mixture designs. Types of designs. Comparison and contrast with process designs

16:00 How and when to use the different design types. Workshop: Calculating main effects and identifying interactions

17:00 Close


Day 2: Wednesday December 5th 2018

9:00 Recap of day 1

9:15 The importance of solvents in formulations

9:30 Principal component analysis (PCA) for solvent selection

10:45 Coffee

11:00 Case studies.

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Workshop: Implementing DoE.

15:00 Coffee

15:30 Review of the course and questions

17:00 Close



Dr Paul Murray – Paul Murray Catalysis Consulting

Dr David Calvert, Director, iFormulate Ltd



Design for Formulation will be held at the Jury’s Inn Hotel, East Midlands Airport, UK. The location is convenient for road (M1), mainline rail (East Midlands Parkway) and air (European and UK) connections. Further details on the venue and travel connections can be found here.



£1149 + VAT per person for registrations after 1 October

To register and pay by invoice, please e-mail info@iformulate.biz with delegate’s name and e-mail address.

Alternatively you can pay using your credit card by clicking on the the PayPal button below. You do not need a PayPal account and the amount includes VAT @20%.

Our conditions for cancellations and amendments to events bookings can be found here.