Recent Developments in Catalytic Micro Process Engineering for Fine Chemicals Synthesis
Marc Escriba and Alex O. Ibhadon
Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, University of Lleida, Rovira Roure 191, Lleida, 25198 Spain.
Keywords: Flow-chemistry, microreactor, nanotubes, packed-bed reactor, photochemistry.
In this review, recent developments in fine chemicals synthesis, catalysis, microreactor design and applications
are discussed. Specifically, new advances in continuous micro process engineering, packed-bed devices and photoreactors
are discussed to include recent patents in these areas. In addition, new energy sources including ultrasounds and microwaves
integrated into microstructured reactors are also discussed. Novel progress in materials to build these devices such
as single walled nanotubes are discussed with respect to their properties and synthesis. This approach foresees developments
in the use of nanomaterials in microreactor design and the impact these will have in the synthesis and purification
of different fine chemicals in continuous flow devices.
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