Warwick University increases productivity of synthesis
The Reactor-Ready Duo lab reactor has been used by Warwick University to improve polymer ressearch productivity.
The reactor supports two jacketed glass reaction vessels of different or similar volume from 100ml to 5 litres, in series or parallel.
Associate Professor, Stefan Bon, from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick has invested in four systems for use within his polymer research team ‘The Bon Polymer Colloids Group’ (BonLab).
The BonLab focuses on the chemistry and physics of colloidal systems and more complex supracolloidal structures.
Prof. Bon said “We are interested in the synthesis of particles and macromolecules for a better understanding of the interactions involved between molecular and colloidal building blocks and potential macroscopic substrates.
“It is therefore very important that our technology can be scaled-up for use in industrial applications including sensors, coatings, adhesives, food, personal care, agricultural and biological systems.”
They selected Reactor-Ready Duo for use in the synthesis of colloidal dispersions, to carry out emulsion polymerisation processes between -10°C to 90°C.
Bon said they chose the system to save time, making routine synthesis more efficient.
He also wanted an off-the-shelf system which had standard glassware and components that could be easily replaced or upgraded when necessary.
“Most of our synthesis is low viscosity and waterborne but in the case of fast polymerisation (acrylates) any exotherms can be easily controlled via the excellent temperature control offered by the jacketed vessels.
“Reactor-Ready Duo’s thermofluid manifold system is also very useful. In particular it allows us to run reactions in parallel, whereby we use a single circulator to deliver the same temperature to adjacent vessels, allowing us to easily vary other key experimental parameters.”
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