Flow Chemistry Reactors

Flow chemistry involves introducing raw materials to a reaction vessel, allowing for the continuous creation of products. Flow reactors differ from batch processes. In a batch process, materials get added together and reacted before being removed and processed. A flow reaction continues for as long as raw materials are added. Flow reactors can involve either gases or liquids.

Flow Reactor Features

Some features that separate flow reactor chemistry from batch chemistry include:

  • Control of reaction time: The residence time is determined by how long the reagents need to flow through the reactor.
  • Heat transfer: The surface area to volume ratio of a flow reactor is considerably larger than that of a batch reactor, allowing for better heat transfer. 
  • Mass transfer: Flow reactors have high mass transfer rates, thanks to good mixing and smaller sizes.
  • Flow reagents: Reagents flow continuously through a flow reactor and are under pressure. 
  • Stoichiometry control: The reactants’ relative flow rates allow for stoichiometry control. You can increase a reagent’s concentration in relation to another by enhancing its flow rate.
  • Easily scalable: You can extend the length of the flow reaction based on your needs.
  • Precision: With flow reactors, you have greater control over the critical reaction parameters: mixing, reaction time, stoichiometry and temperature.
  • Small quantities of hazardous materials: If you run reactions in a continuous flow, limited amounts of hazardous materials will be in-process.

Flow Chemistry Reactors From Sentinel Process Systems, Inc.

Sentinel Process Systems, Inc. offers flow reactors from AM Technologies, Corning®, Fluitec and Uniqsis. We can help you choose the flow reactor that is most appropriate for your needs. Contact us today to learn more.