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CF@BO 2019

CF@Bo n.10 is dedicated to Professor Joel Bernstein  (12/9/1941 -  2/1/2019)


The investigation and optimization of crystal forms are at the forefront of industrial as well as fundamental research.

The event will bring together academic and industrial experts interested in sharing experience and discussing perspectives and new challenges regarding:

  • Recent advances in solid forms discovery
  • Synthesis and properties of crystal forms
  • Multicomponent crystal forms
  • Intellectual property issues

En route to the 10th Bologna’s convention on crystal forms

The meeting brings together young and senior scientists from academy and industry in an informal, highly productive, dense but relaxed, two and half days forum focused on the state of the art on the investigation of crystal polymorphism, salts, co-crystals, solvated and amorphous solids, their characterization and use in the pharma and agrochemical sectors. Intellectual property issues will also be discussed.

As for all previous meetings of this series initiated in 2006, CF@Bo n. 10 is organized jointly by the group of Molecular Crystal Engineering of the University of Bologna, the oldest University of the western world, and by the former spinoff company PolyCrystalLine spa.


The convention will begin on Sunday 9 June at 2 p.m. at the University of Bologna, and proceed on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 at the Aemilia Hotel close to the University and the town centre.

Early bird registration will be open in January 2019. As we are beginning to organize the scientific programme we are happy to inform that a number of scientists from university, research centres and companies have already expressed their interest in contributing (see below). Further contributions are expected. Partecipants will also have the opportunity to present their work in the poster session that will take place in the afternoon of Monday 10 .






Yves H. Geert


Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Gustavo Santiso-Quiñones


Crystallise! AG, Villigen, Switzerland

Len MacGillivray


University of Iowa, Iowa, USA

Matteo Daldosso 


Aptuit, an Evotec Company, Italy

Sally Price


University College London, London, UK

Geoff Zhang


AbbVie Drug Product Development, Chicago, USA

Bucar Kreso


University College London, London, UK

Kevin Back


Pfizer Ltd, Sandwich, UK.

Jon Steed


University of Durham, UK

Michelle O’Brien


Marbury Law, USA

Aurora Cruz Cabeza


University of Manchester,  UK

Philippe Ochsenbein


Sanofi Aventis. Montepellier, France

Mike Zaworotko


University of Limerick, Ireland

Amy Robertson


AstraZeneca Chemical Development Macclesfield, UK

Silvia Cuffini 


Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP) - São Paulo, Brasil

Susan Reutzel


Eli Lilly Indianapolis, USA

Jonas Baltrusaitis


Lehigh University, Bethlehem, USA

Ana Kwokal and Neil George 


Syngenta Crop Protection

Naír Rodríguez-Hornedo


University of Michigan, USA

Giuseppe Viscomi 


AlfaSigma, Bologna Italy

Christer Aakeroy


Kansas State University, USA

Luc Aerts 


UCB Pharma S.A., Belgium

Doris Braun


University of Innsbruck

Ilaria Goss


European Patent Office

Chilla Malla Reddy


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, India

Martin Viertelhaus


BASF, Germany

Vania Andrè


Istituto Superior Tecnico, Lisboa, Portugal




Martin Schmidt   Univ Frankfurt, Germany      





The convention will address not only issues at the frontier of the field, where “curiosity driven” and applied research interplay in a synergistic way, but also the practical implications in defining crystallization techniques and developing process control.