Scale-up of microwave assisted flow processes for fine chemical synthesis

N.G. Patil, F. Benaskar, E. Rebrov, J. Meuldijk, L.A. Hulshof, V. Hessel, J.C. Schouten

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Abstract

Monomode microwave heating has been applied in flow processes for the production of fine chemicals. Tubular reactors with diameters in milimeter scale, i.e. milli-reactors have been used to minimize penetration depth limitation of the microwaves. This work demonstrates two numbering-up approaches to improve the productivity of microwave assisted flow processing. Multiplication of microwave cavities in series improved the production rate by 3.5 fold as compared to one single cavity. Multiplication of tubular reactor channels in parallel provided increased troughput (6.6 fold). A near-isothermal operation was achieved in both approaches by cooling with a microwave transparent coolant (toluene).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication22nd International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE 22), September 2-5, 2012, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event22nd International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE 22) - Maastricht, Netherlands
Duration: 2 Sep 20125 Sep 2012

Conference

Conference22nd International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE 22)
Abbreviated titleISCRE 22
CountryNetherlands
CityMaastricht
Period2/09/125/09/12

Bibliographical note

Poster presented at the 22nd International Symposium on Chemical Reaction and Engineering (ISCRE 2012), 2-5 September 2012, Maastricht, The Netherlands

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