Crystallization of cephradine polymorphs and hydrates from mixed solvents of methanol and water

Iben Østergaard, Heidi Lopez de Diego, Haiyan Qu

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Cephradine monohydrate (CPH) crystallizes with a needle-like shape which leads to severe agglomeration and slow filtration. Effects of different operating conditions on the particle size and shape as well as the filterability of the crystal products are described. The solubility and stability of one anhydrate of cephradine (CPA1) and CPH as a function of temperature and water activity was investigated in different methanol and water mixtures. A solvent-mediated transformation from CPH to CPA1 was observed at water mole fractions below 0.2–0.35 depending on the temperature. The crystallization behavior of CPH was studied by linear cooling and antisolvent crystallization. Lowering the cooling rate and addition of seeds led to an increase in particle size and improvement of filterability.

Original languageEnglish
JournalChemical Engineering and Technology
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)1512-1518
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


  • anhydrate/hydrate
  • Cephradine
  • Crystallization
  • particulate properties
  • solubility
  • Anhydrate/hydrate
  • Solubility
  • Particulate properties

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