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EPSRC Reference: GR/M74429/01
Title: CHEMICAL REACTIONS IN MICRO REACTORS: REACTOR DESIGN, CHEMICAL SELECTIVITY AND REACTION CONTROL
Principal Investigator: Haswell, Professor S
Other Investigators:
Tippetts, Dr J Lee, Professor AF MacInnes, Dr JM
Fletcher, Professor PDI Styring, Professor P Pitt, Dr M
Lee, Dr A Allen, Professor R
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Department: Chemistry
Organisation: University of Hull
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 1999 Ends: 31 March 2003 Value (£): 305,860
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Gas & Solution Phase Reactions
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Micron size chemical reactors are proposed for a variety of liquid based chemical processes where features such as production at the point of need, efficient energy utilisation, reaction control and selectivity, flexibility in operational conditions and rate of production, together with the ability to handle diverse feed-stocks and effluent processing through the application of relatively simple well defined engineering are required. A number of micro reactor systems of interconnecting capillary networks will be constructed in glass and plastic reagents and products being pumped under electroosmotic flow, which brings the advantages of diffusion controlled reactions and the capability to perform in situ electrophoretic separations. Prior work by the applicants has identified the need to establish greater automated flow, mixing and separation control within the channels of micro reactors and the inclusion of hydrodynamic/thermal effects in future reaction and system design. These criteria will form the basis of this proposal, which aims to construct and evaluate the second generation of micro reactor, in which chemical control will be achieved through a fully automated electrokinetically pumped system, modelled using an advanced electroosmotic/hydrodynamic/ thermal approach, so expressing the unique features of micro reactors in terms of both chemical engineering and reaction chemistry.
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