New Inexpensive Catalysis for Biorenewable Chemical Production

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The Process Intensification Group is employing the MultiCell-PLUS High-Pressure Reactor for their continuous experimentation to develop a new wave of catalysts for biorenewable chemical production that is considered better for the environment.

The Process Intensification Group's main goal has been to produce inexpensive, lower risk catalysts that perform comparably to products already on the market while maintaining straightforward synthesis that is not difficult to produce in larger quantities.

“The product establishes a new standard for operational safety, ease of access and usability, with a safety-locking feature and modifiable support raising stage. “

Asynt created the Multicell-PLUS as an adaptable device for rapidly testing chemical reactions in high pressure environments. The reactor's eight chambers can all be set to a variety of experimental settings.

The product establishes a new standard for operational safety, ease of access and usability, with a safety-locking feature and modifiable support raising stage.

A Process Intensification Group lecturer, Dr Fernando Russo Abegão explained that “In order to develop our new generation of catalysts we needed to be able to screen a high number of samples, often at high pressure and temperature. To be effective we required an instrumental set-up that could provide a fast turnaround, allowing us to quickly test, rationalise, and identify optimal catalyst formulations.”

A Reader in Sustainable Process Technology, Dr Kamelia Boodhoo, commented: “We selected a high-pressure reactor system that was well stirred to keep the particles in suspension at all times, reducing mass transfer limitations. This enabled us to screen the catalyst intrinsic activity. It is important to stay within the correct temperature ranges to ensure optimal catalyst and reaction performance. We chose the MultiCell-PLUS system from Asynt as it incorporated parallel agitated reactors with automatic temperature and pressure control. Using this, we have developed a new generation of ‘greener’ catalysts for dehydration of C5 and C6 sugars into furans.”

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