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Photochemistry in flow talk at Zing conference

Date: 25 April 2016 | Category: News

“Photochemistry in Flow” is the subject matter of a presentation being given by Duncan Guthrie, founder and MD of Vapourtec, at the forthcoming 4th annual Zing Continuous Flow Chemistry Conference in Albufeira, Portugal (April 25-28).

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Chemisky and Vapourtec deliver Korea seminars

Date: 18 April 2016 | Category: News

Vapourtec recently linked up with Korean distribution partner Chemisky to organize and deliver two engaging flow chemistry seminars in Daejeon and Seoul.
Duncan Guthrie, founder and MD of Vapourtec, commented: “The seminars proved to be very successful with over 80 taking part in total at the two venues”

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New application note released: Selective oxidation using 50% hydrogen peroxide

Date: 14 April 2016 | Category: News

The key features of this flow chemistry application note include:

• Safe and controlled reaction with 50 wt.% hydrogen peroxide.
• Highly selective oxidation of sulphoxide formstion from thio ether.
• Optimal output of 225 g/h with a single reactor (37.8 kg/week).
• Demonstration of the safety features incorporated into Vapourtec systems.

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Ley Group control carbon monoxide generation in flow

Date: 14 April 2016 | Category: News

A recent, published research breakthrough by the group of Steven Ley at the University of Cambridge has led to the ‘Controlled generation and use of CO in flow’.
The paper describes the use of a tube-in-tube reactor for the safe hydrolysis of Ozalyl Chloride using a NaOH solution. This produces Carbon Monoxide in the outer stream which then passes through AF-2400 semi-permeable inner tubing to enrich reaction streams. By using this approach, carbonylations can be successfully performed in flow without the use of pressurized gas cylinders.


Vapourtec shows flow chemistry potential

Date: 11 March 2016 | Category: News

Vapourtec shows flow chemistry potential with R2S and UV-150 at Continuous Flow Technology conference

Flow chemistry engineering specialists Vapourtec will be showing their modular R-Series flow chemistry system along with the UV-150 Photochemical Reactor at the Continuous Flow Technology conference (Cambridge, March 14-16).


Opening up novel, forbidden chemical space

Date: 11 February 2016 | Category: News

Vapourtec’s continuous flow technology has played a key role in a recent breakthrough announced in Chemistry World by Steven Ley’s University of Cambridge team.

Professor Ley’s team has managed to harness an explosive chemical class to create organic molecules and form novel bonds between carbon atoms.

The process involves continuously diluted, small volume flows of highly reactive diazo reagents to form up to four carbon-carbon bonds without any isolation of intermediate molecules.


Flow chemistry Europe 2016 showcases R-series with UV-150

Date: 10 February 2016 | Category: News

Vapourtec (Cambridge, UK) will be showcasing the R-Series flow chemistry system together with the innovative UV-150 Photochemical Reactor at the forthcoming 6th international conference of the Flow Chemistry Society (Cripps Court, Magdalene College, Cambridge, February 16-18) at booth 16.

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Vapourtec launches reactor collaboration

Date: 28 January 2016 | Category: News

Flow chemistry engineering firm Vapourtec has linked up with Associate Professor Michael Oelgemöller, one of the leading experts in green photochemistry and microflow photochemistry, for their latest photochemical reactor project.

Currently Associate Dean of Research at James Cook University’s College of Science, Technology and Engineering in Australia, Michael’s research activities include synthetic organic photochemistry, solar photochemistry, the development of new photochemical synthesis tools and photochemical water treatment.


Vapourtec easy-Medchem system “live-demonstrations” on show in Mumbai

Date: 15 January 2016 | Category: News

The forthcoming Flow Chemistry India conference (Mumbai, January 21-22) will see Vapourtec represented by our Indian distribution partners Pi-Process Intensification.

Vapourtec’s easy-MedChem will be showcased in Mumbai. The easy-MedChem is a system aimed at chemists looking to do initial optimisation, followed by scale up optimisation. The system includes a tube reactor and column reactor for solid supported catalysts or reagents.

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Rapid growth in flow chemistry

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

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

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.

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Further photochemical hydrogenation of nitro compounds

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.

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Shanghai seminar reinforces China links

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

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Flow chemistry potential revealed at Chemspec Europe

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…

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Photochemical hydrogenation of a nitro compound

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.