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Rapid growth in flow chemistry

Vapourtec Ltd team at premises near Cambridge UK

Date: 13 January 2016 | Category: News

Interest in flow chemistry systems has doubled since 2010 according to UK-based flow chemistry engineering specialists Vapourtec who experienced a further 15% increase in turnover in 2015.

High temperature uncatalysed esterification

High temperature tube reactor

Date: 17 September 2015 | Category: News

Researchers at the University of Connecticut have utilised Vapourtec’s R-Series system to develop a catalyst free esterification of levulinic acid to ethyl levulinate, demonstrating a greener way to produce a compound heavily used in the flavour and fragrance industry.

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Focus on medicinal chemistry at ACS Boston

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Date: 28 July 2015 | Category: News

Specialist flow chemistry firm Vapourtec (Cambridge, UK) will be showcasing their easy-Medchem E-Series system at the forthcoming ACS (American Chemical Society) National Meeting & Exposition in Boston (August 16-18) Designed for medicinal chemistry labs, the easy-Medchem together with the pioneering UV-150 photochemical reactor, opens up novel chemical space for chemists.

Further photochemical hydrogenation of nitro compounds

high intensity UV light reactor

Date: 07 July 2015 | Category: News

In our previous application note (No. 41) we reported on a green and efficient photochemical route to the reduction of 3-nitro-acetophenone to 3-amino-acetophenone. Challenged to show the broad applicability of the photochemical reduction using the low cost and green TiO2 photo catalyst we set out to extend this work to optimize the reduction of 3 further Nitro compounds. The compounds chosen exhibit a range of different reactivity, one compound was further chosen as a ‘real-world’ example, 4-(2-fluoro-4-nitrophenyl) morpholine being a key intermediate used in the synthesis of the oxazolidinone antibiotic Linezolid (Pfizer brand name ZYVOX®)

Vapourtec ties in with Singapore distributor


Date: 07 July 2015 | Category: News

Flow chemistry engineering firm Vapourtec (Cambridge, UK) has reinforced its presence in Asia by signing a distribution agreement with Singapore-based Polaris Science. Polaris Science supplies state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to the pharma industry and education sector in Singapore.

Shanghai seminar reinforces China links

Shanghai seminar Dr John Murray Vapourtec

Date: 06 July 2015 | Category: News

Flow chemistry technology firm Vapourtec has strengthened its links with China by organising a successful seminar that introduced the advantages of continuous chemical processing and showcased the latest technologies. Hosted by the Shanghai Research Institute of Chemistry Industry (SRICI) and organised by Vapourtec’s Chinese distributor Tegent, the seminar attracted a large number of pharma and polymer industry specialists as well as academics from universities and institutes across China.

Making a stand in Shanghai


Date: 25 June 2015 | Category: News

Vapourtec’s new look booth at the CPhI China (Hall N1, booth N1D18) event in Shanghai is proving to be a big draw for visitors to the exposition with Stacey Crane and John Murray advising many interested attendees about the E-Series Medchem, easy-Photochem and R-Series flow chemistry systems. For more information visit

Flow chemistry potential revealed at Chemspec Europe

high intensity UV light reactor

Date: 03 June 2015 | Category: News

Vapourtec (Cambridge, UK), one of the leading global innovators in continuous chemical processing, will be displaying their latest flow chemistry technology at Chemspec Europe (Cologne, Germany June 24-25). Vapourtec will be exhibiting (booth G55A) the easy-Photochem system, which features the pioneering UV-150 photochemical reactor, in Cologne along with the R-Series, a modular flow chemistry system utilised by chemists around the world.

Shanghai showcase for Vapourtec innovation


Date: 03 June 2015 | Category: News

Vapourtec (Cambridge, UK), one of the world’s leading innovators in flow chemistry systems, will be showcasing their latest technologies, in conjunction with Chinese distributors Tegent Scientific, at the CPhI China event (Shanghai, June 24-26). Visitors to the Vapourtec stand (Hall N1, booth N1D18) will be able to view the easy-Photochem flow chemistry system which features the pioneering UV-150 photochemical reactor.

Vapourtec appoints experienced sales specialist


Date: 27 May 2015 | Category: News

Vapourtec (Cambridge, UK), a leading global innovator in flow chemistry technology, has recently appointed experienced scientist John Murray to the position of Sales & Applications Specialist. John, a PhD qualified scientist, has 16 years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry, a key target market for Vapourtec’s range of continuous chemical process systems.

Vapourtec teams up with Chemisky for distribution in Korea


Date: 21 May 2015 | Category: News

Flow chemistry specialist Vapourtec has recently signed an exclusive distribution agreement with South Korean firm Chemisky, based in Seoul. The link followed a successful installation of Vapourtec’s R-Series continuous process chemistry system at the Green Material & Process R&D Group at the Korean Institute of Technology (KITECH).

New frontiers for Vapourtec with chinese collaboration


Date: 14 May 2015 | Category: News

Vapourtec (Cambridge, UK) have announced a research collaboration with Professor Pengfei Li of the Frontier Institute of Science and Technology (FIST) at Xi’an Jiaotong University in China to develop novel, continuous flow, photochemical reactions using Vapourtec’s easy-Photochem…

Vapourtec expands research & development team


Date: 06 May 2015 | Category: News

Leading flow chemistry specialists Vapourtec (Cambridge, UK) have expanded their team with the appointment of Joseph Moore as Research & Development Chemist.

Joseph, who graduated from University of Warwick with a Chemistry degree in 2012, will work with the R & D team…

Photochemical hydrogenation of a nitro compound

high intensity UV light reactor

Date: 30 April 2015 | Category: News

This application note demonstrates a green photochemical route to the reduction of Nitro compounds. The powerful combination of Vapourtec’s V-3 pump and the UV-150 Photochemical reactor is utilized to deliver the photo catalyst as a slurry and provide precise control over the continuous flow photochemical reaction, even with the short reaction times of less than 1 minute. The TiO2 photo catalyst is safe, cheap and simply removed by filtration. There is also a fascinating comparison of the performance of three different 365 nm light sources; filtered mercury lamp, LED Gen-1 and LED Gen-2. The Gen-2 LED achieves comparable throughput of the mercury lamp while consuming <50% of the power.

Generation and trapping of ketones in flow

high intensity UV light reactor

Date: 19 March 2015 | Category: News

Researchers at the University of Southampton and GlaxoSmithKline have used Vapourtec’s R-Series flow chemistry system to synthesise Ketones in Flow by thermal sigmatropic rearrangement of alkoxyalkynes, and their trapping with amines or alcohols to provide amides and esters.

Flow chem systems on show in Denver


Date: 17 March 2015 | Category: News

Vapourtec (Cambridge, UK) will be exhibiting their flow chemistry systems and latest reactor technologies at the forthcoming 249th ACS (American Chemical Society) National Meeting and Exposition, to be held in Denver (March 22-24) (booth 1307). Cited in over 150 peer-reviewed publications to date, Vapourtec will be showcasing their modular R-Series flow chemistry systems as well as the innovative UV-150 photochemical reactor to delegates attending the event.

Vapourtec hails flow chemistry Europe a success

Wundermaschine - Vapourtec

Date: 04 March 2015 | Category: News

Vapourtec (Cambridge, UK) has returned from the recent Flow Chemistry Europe event in Berlin encouraged by high levels of interest shown in its UV-150 photochemical reactor as well as the R-Series and E-Series flow chemistry systems. Vapourtec Sales Specialist Stacey Crane commented: “Our E-Series and R-Series systems were frequently cited in many of the presentations that showcased some of the latest methods and breakthroughs in flow chemistry research. This provided invaluable exposure for the potential of our systems.

The miracle machine that makes drugs cheaper

Wundermaschine - Vapourtec

Date: 03 March 2015 | Category: News

Vapourtec’s E-Series flow chemistry system has been described in the popular German newspaper Bild as a “Wundermaschine” that dramatically reduces the cost of manufacturing drugs. The article (dated 28 February) profiles the pioneering research work of Professor Peter Seeberger and his young team of scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Dahlem, Germany.

Vapourtec on show at Flowchem Europe


Date: 09 February 2015 | Category: News

Cambridge (UK) based Vapourtec will be showcasing the very latest continuous processing systems at the forthcoming Flow Chemistry Europe event in Berlin, Germany (17-18 February 2015). Their conference presence (stand 07) will feature the E-Series, a robust, easy to use and affordable flow chemistry system that has contributed towards the 12-year-old company being cited for research breakthroughs in over 150 peer review publications.

Flowchem India delivers for Vapourtec

Vapourtec (Cambridge, UK) has hailed its presence at the recent Flow Chemistry India conference in Mumbai as a great success with significant interest shown in its array of flow chemistry and photochemistry technology

Date: 09 February 2015 | Category: News

Vapourtec (Cambridge, UK) has hailed its presence at the recent Flow Chemistry India conference in Mumbai as a great success with significant interest shown in its array of flow chemistry and photochemistry technology. Vapourtec’s Sales and Application Specialist Andrew Mansfield reported a strong level of engagement by education, research and pharmaceutical clients from across India.

Shedding LED light on photochemical research

high intensity UV light reactor

Date: 04 February 2015 | Category: News

Suffolk (UK) based chemistry engineering specialists Vapourtec have launched a second generation LED light source (Gen-2) which increases the range of applications for its innovative, continuous flow UV-150 photochemical reactor. With flow chemistry processes increasingly replacing the more traditional batch approach within photochemistry, the rate of innovation and development for UV LEDs continues to grow with outputs doubling year on year.

CRO recognises the benefits of continuous processing

Continuous_processing_CRO_ Registech

Date: 15 January 2015 | Category: News

Regis Technologies, a contract research organisation (CRO) based near Chicago, has just taken delivery of a new R-Series continuous processing chemistry system designed and manufactured by UK-based Vapourtec Ltd. Chemists at Regis will use the flow system to accelerate process research and development and to perform unique chemical reactions most efficiently under continuous mode from lab scale up to a kilo scale.