Microreactors appear more and more to be a promising alternative to the batch systems traditionally used in the chemical industry. They provide much more flexibility and enable a much better control of the key parameters of a reaction thanks to their very efficient mass and heat transfers. In addition, as much less chemicals are present in the system, they lead to a great improvement in term of safety in comparison to traditional system.
In the scope of the ERDF project Flow4Syn, Certech has acquired a commercial mesofluidic system Low-Flow (Corning®Advanced-Flow™ Reactors) to develop new intensified reactions at a lab scale. Despite its very compact size – the total volume of this system composed of ten fluidic modules is 4.5mL – this system can handle flux from 2 to 10 mL per minute, meaning that about 5 liters of product can be produced within an 8-hour-shift. In other words, such a 4.5mL reactor can deal with a theoretical 5 ton of product a year if used permanently! Thanks to a potential seamless scale-up with other commercial system, the experimental conditions determined on our Low Flow system can be extrapolated on a production one that can reach 3500t/y.
Such a system enables Certech to provide new solutions to its customers in the field of process intensification which are innovative, cost efficient and easily transferable to the industry.