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Reactor technology drives photochemistry

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Date: 01 November 2014 | Category: News

This article will outline a few of the most common types of photochemical reaction and analyse the key features of a reactor, considering the light sources currently available. Finally, it will showcase just a few of the many real world applications for photochemistry.

MOF research goes with the flow approach

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Date: 14 October 2014 | Category: News

Recently published research into the production of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) utilising Vapourtec flow chemistry technology has revealed the substantial benefits of adopting a continuous flow process over the traditional batch approach. MOFs exhibit similar structures to naturally occurring Zeolites however their properties can be synthetically tuned providing a multitude of potential industrial applications including the storage, separation and triggered release of gases, drug molecules or toxins due to the porous nature of MOF compounds.

Photochemistry potential revealed in application notes

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Date: 07 October 2014 | Category: News

The incredibly powerful potential of photochemistry is revealed in four application notes recently posted by Suffolk-based flow chemistry engineering firm Vapourtec. The four application notes cover ‘Synthesis of Artemisinin using E-Series and UV-150 reactor’ (Application Note 39), ‘α-Photodecarboxylation of Phthaloyl Glycine’ (38), ‘Photochemical Transformation of Methyl Coumalate’ (37) and ‘[2+2] Photocycloaddtion of Maleimide and 1-Hexyne’ (36).

Flow v batch photochemistry: A like for like comparison

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Date: 24 September 2014 | Category: News

There are a number of key advantages of a continuous flow approach to photochemistry over a traditional batch method including consistent light penetration, controlled exposure times, precise temperature control and easy scalability as well as the removal of photochemical products from the irradiated area. Comparing the two methods when it comes to the Photochemical Transformation of Methyl Coumalate reveals the substantial efficiencies and economies that can be accrued from the flow chemistry route.

Continuous synthesis of artemisinin-derived medicines


Date: 17 September 2014 | Category: News

Using the Vapourtec R-Series flow chemistry system researchers from the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have developed an inexpensive, large scale synthesis of a range of anti-Malaria drugs under continuous flow conditions. The continuous, divergent synthesis system is coupled to continuous purification and is capable of producing four anti-malarial APIs.

Vapourtec sees flow chemistry growth in India

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Date: 08 September 2014 | Category: News

UK chemistry engineering firm Vapourtec is establishing a burgeoning market for its flow chemistry systems across India with the continued development of a distribution partnership with Mumbai-based Pi-Process Intensification. Pi-Process Intensification have been acting as distributors for Vapourtec’s R-Series systems for the past three years and will now also be distributing their E-Series system.

New arrival at Vapourtec


Date: 19 August 2014 | Category: News

Suffolk (UK) flow chemistry specialists Vapourtec has welcomed a new addition to its expanding team with the appointment of Stacey Crane as Sales Specialist.

Multistep flow synthesis of 5-Amino-2-aryl-2H-[1,2,3]-triazole-4-carbonitriles

hazardous diazonium intermediates, dissolved ammonia and a novel catalytic copper oxidative cyclisation

Date: 10 August 2014 | Category: News

Using the Vapourtec R-Series flow chemistry system researchers from the UCB Biopharma have shown the development and preparation of an improved synthesis of 2-substituted 1,2,3-triazoles over conventional batch processes. Using the advantages of flow chemistry the group were able to scale up the process that involved the use of hazardous diazonium intermediates, dissolved ammonia and a novel catalytic copper oxidative cyclisation.

Continuous-flow oxidative cyanation of primary and secondary amines using singlet oxygen

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Date: 23 July 2014 | Category: News

Using the Vapourtec R-Series flow chemistry system researchers from the Max-Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces have shown a process were primary and secondary amines can be oxidised quantitatively using singlet oxygen to the corresponding imine. This chemistry developed by the group at Max-Planck again shows the innovative use of continuous photochemistry for efficient chemical transformations.

Continuous flow carbonylation reactions eliminating the use of toxic carbon monoxide gas

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Date: 04 June 2014 | Category: News

Using the Vapourtec R-Series flow chemistry system researchers from Janssen Research and Development (Spain), the University of Leuven and the Universidad de Castilla-La Macncha have shown a continuous flow process for carbonylation reactions without the need of toxic carbon monoxide gas and have shown new chemical reactivity under flow conditions that were not previously possible under batch conditions.

Cutting edge flow and photochemistry on show in Budapest


Date: 27 May 2014 | Category: News

Two of the world’s leading flow chemistry systems as well as the latest addition to the field of photochemistry technology will be on show at Chemspec Europe on 18-19 June and IMRET (Conference on Microreaction Technology) 23-25 June. Both events take place in Budapest, Hungary…

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Anti-malarial drug breakthrough


Date: 23 May 2014 | Categories: Headline News, News

Scientists at the Max Planck institute have unveiled a breakthrough synthesis method for the drug Artimesinin that could make effective malaria treatment affordable for > 200 million worldwide sufferers.

The synthesis uses a Vapourtec flow chemistry system and a photo reactor.

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Sun shines on Vapourtec R-Series down under


Date: 02 April 2014 | Categories: Headline News, News

Vapourtec’s R-Series flow chemistry system has played its part in another significant breakthrough with the development in Australia of a brand new sun cream based on mimicking the natural protection to sunlight created by coral in the Great Barrier Reef.

Vapourtec R-Series sales top 200


Date: 17 February 2014 | Category: News

Chemistry engineering specialists Vapourtec (Suffolk, UK) has seen its flagship R-Series flow chemistry system reach a notable milestone with global sales recently reaching the 200 mark. The R-Series has a wide range of applications and is already used around the world by many major companies including BP, Pfizer, GSK, Sanofi, Novartis and Johnson & Johnson.

Vapourtec keeps it cool with patented Cooled Reactor system

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Date: 12 December 2013 | Category: News

The patented Cooled Reactor system, developed by Vapourtec (Suffolk, UK) and launched in 2010, is continuing to play a key role in major flow chemistry research breakthroughs.

Recently cited in an important research paper “Continuous flow-processing of organometallic reagents …

Vapourtec displays bigger picture

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Date: 12 November 2013 | Category: News

Suffolk (UK) based flow chemistry specialists Vapourtec has recently enhanced its popular R-series and E-series systems with an enlarged touch screen and the capability for remote networking.

The new look touch screen has increased in size from 8.4″ to 10.4″, a 50% increase in…

Ten up for Vapourtec

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Date: 11 November 2013 | Category: News

Bury St Edmunds based Vapourtec has reached the twin milestones of 10 years in business and being featured in 100 peer reviewed publications.

Vapourtec design and manufacture flow chemistry systems for a wide variety of sectors across the globe including education, pharmaceuti…

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