CSIR – National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST)

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt.Of India Thiruvananthapuram.

Chemistry & Micro structured Reactors

 

Dr. S. Savithri on 18th February 2014 at 11:30 am

Microfluidic technology is slowly emerging as a basic tool for chemical synthesis particularly in industrial settings. With enhanced heat and mass-transfer rates, continuous-flow operations, and the potential inline analysis inherent in microsystems for chemistry, chemical researchers are using micro reactors to investigate reactions which are not easily achieved with conventional laboratory batch equipment, such as glass flasks and test tubes. As a result, microreactor systems are attracting attention in pharmaceutical and fine-chemical industries as a platform technology to be used for discovery and reaction development in research laboratories and scales to satisfy production throughput requirements. In this presentation, a brief review of the activities reported worldwide on chemical synthesis using micro structured reactors is presented. After introducing micro structured reactors, the advantages and its disadvantages some case studies reported in the literature is presented for some specific organic reactions. Also some case studies related to commercial micro structured reactors is presented. This is followed by the presentation of ongoing basic work at CSIR-NIIST related to the hydrodynamics of such reactors.