The LSU AgCenter’s Audubon Sugar Institute is presenting a two-day practical short course for specialists involved in the areas of sugars, sweeteners, renewable energy, foods, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and water treatment June 1-2 in Baton Rouge.

The two-day class will feature instructors from five countries who will present recent advances in operation and process design related to affinity-based separation technologies using fine-granulated media, said Vadim Kochergin, a chemical engineer with the Audubon Sugar Institute.

“Sugars comprise a large portion of various agricultural crops and provide a chemical platform for producing fuels and chemicals from renewable resources,” Kochergin said. “That is why the short course will have special focus on the challenges of the emerging industry of renewable fuels and chemicals.

“Other sessions will deal with new advances in equipment, media and process design as well as an overview of membrane filtration technology,” he added.

The program will include sessions on basic principles and major applications of ion exchange, adsorption and large-scale industrial chromatography. Other sessions will deal with system design, equipment configurations, process economics and practical applications.

“The course provides opportunities to create your own network of experts and industry suppliers and obtain information on all aspects of resin-based processes,” Kochergin said.

The sessions will be held at the Lod Cook Conference Center on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, and a block of rooms has been set aside for conference participants at the adjacent Cook Hotel.

Registration for the two-day event is $750 with a discounted rate of $650 for registrations submitted by April 1. LSU students may register for $150. Companies sending three or more representatives will receive a 15 percent discount, and Louisiana sugar mill personnel will receive a 25 percent discount.

A complete, detailed brochure is available online by going to www.lsuagcenter.com/audubon and clicking on the “education” link. Information also is available by telephone at (225) 642-0135, ext. 236, or by e-mail to vkochergin@agcenter.lsu.edu.