Rapid Photochemical Reaction Studies under Continuous-flow Conditions in the Vapourtec UV-150 Reactor-A Technical Note

    Richard Huntera, Sam Joslanda, Joseph Mooreb, Duncan Guthrieb, Mark J. Robertsona, Michael Oelgemöllera

    • a College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4911, Australia
    • b Vapourtec Ltd, Park Farm Business Centre, Fornham St Genevieve, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6TS, UK

    Five different model reactions (photodecarboxylation, inter- and intramolecular [2+2] cycloadditions, TiO2 photocatalytic reduction and type II photooxygenation) were investigated in the advanced Vapourtec UV-150 photo reactor with their conversion and throughput potentials reported. Compared to known batch reactions in laboratory reactors, significantly higher calculated productivities were achieved despite a rather small 10 mL reactor coil. The device enables rapid, convenient, reliable and reproducible flow photochemistry studies across the entire wavelengths spectrum and on flexible scales.

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