Francis X. McConville holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and M.Sc. degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. He offers over 27 years of experience in the chemical and related industries, including stints at the esteemed Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology and at New England Renewable Fuels, where he was involved in such varied projects as oil recovery and biomass conversion. He also spent 14 years at Sepracor, Inc.
in the U.S. as a pharmaceutical process development engineer. His duties there included the design and operation of the company's kilo-labs, as well as the scale-up and transfer of many proprietary processes to pilot and manufacturing sites in Taiwan, Japan, England, Scotland, and Canada. He has been closely involved in the development and optimization of processes based on a variety of technologies including selective biocatalysis, fermentation, ultrafiltration, asymmetric crystallization and asymmetric synthesis.
For six years Mr McConville has successfully operated his own consulting firm, FXM Engineering & Design, in Massachusetts. He is also affiliated with Impact Technology Consultants, Inc. of Lincoln, Massachusetts as a senior consultant and technology specialist. Mr. McConville is perhaps best known as the author of the popular manual for process development personnel entitled 'The Pilot Plant Real Book - A Unique Handbook for the Chemical Process Industry'. This highly practical handbook has garnered praise from readers in the fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries worldwide. Interested readers can learn more about the book at www.pprbook.com