microreactor

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microreactor

A device that hosts a nanoscale reaction in which reactants meet substrates in the narrowest (capillary) scale.

Pros
Increased efficiency, reaction speed and yield; safety, reliability, scalability, on-site/on-demand production, improved process control.
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It treats key topics such as molecular modeling, zeolites, MOFs, catalysis at room temperature, biocatalysis, catalysis for sustainability, structured reactors including membrane and microchannel reactors, switching from batch to continuous reactors, application of alternative energies and process intensification.
Microstructures on Macroscale: Microchannel Reactors for Medium- and Large-Size Processes
Continuous-Flow Microchannel Reactors with Surface-Immobilized Biocatalyst
Microchannel reactors offer some distinct advantages over conventional reactors (tubular or vessel), including inherent safety, compact size, and high conversion rates.
Wayne Simmons, Chief Executive Officer of Velocys, noted "In microchannel reactors the individual channel geometry and size remain the same as the process capacity is increased from lab-scale to commercial-scale.