Certech has designed a pilot reactor based on data obtained in laboratory scale fixed-bed microreactors. These developments were carried out on a model reaction of dehydration of glycerol – biobased molecule – in acrolein using heterogeneous catalysts.
This pilot reactor developed in the framework of Flow4reactors project allows simultaneous introduction of liquid and gas on the reactor head with on-line monitoring of the gas phase by micro-GC.
The technical characteristics are as follows:
– Reactor internal diameter : 1,5 inches
– T°C : from room temperature to 800 °C
– P : from atmospheric pressure to 200 bars
– Gas flow : few ml to 2L/min
– Liquid flow : 0.0001 to 190 ml/min
This pilot is equipped with a control and data acquisition module: temperature, pressure, flow, analytical balance, speed of peristaltic pumps, which allows access to digital technologies for future continuous chemistry R&D&I studies and which is particularly useful in applied catalysis.