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Development of a microreactor for chemical production

Lookup NU author(s): Dr John Burns, Professor Colin Ramshaw


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Experimental work has examined the fluid dynamics of immiscible liquid-liquid flow inside a narrow channel reactor. Results have shown that stable parallel flow, ideal for rapid mass transfer between the phases, can be achieved over a range of flow rates and viscosities. Further experiments were conducted to examine the performance of a narrow bore capillary reactor for the nitration of benzene which requires rapid mass transfer to achieve efficient low by-product output. Results have shown that industrially competitive reaction rates can be achieved from a relatively simple reactor design with modest bore sizes of between 127 μm and 254 μm.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Burns JR, Ramshaw C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Chemical Engineering Research and Design

Year: 1999

Volume: 77

Issue: 3

Pages: 206-211

Print publication date: 18/03/1999

ISSN (print): 0263-8762

ISSN (electronic): 1744-3563

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1205/026387699526106


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