FRANKFURT, GERMANY – Corning recently introduced the Corning® G3 photo reactor as the newest product available in its Advanced Flow™ reactor (AFR) portfolio at the ACHEMA 2018 world forum in Frankfurt, Germany.
The G3 photo reactor is the first advanced, continuous flow reactor dedicated to photochemical production that combines high chemical durability, thermal control, and outstanding mixing with LED illumination panels.
“Our G3 photo reactor is an ideal solution for customers who want to achieve large tonnage photochemical production,” said Dr. Yi Jiang, global business director, Corning Reactor Technologies. “Adding the G3 photo reactor extends our photo reactor portfolio, which also includes the G1 photo reactor and Lab Photo Reactor. This suite of photo-flow reactor products helps our customers expand the horizon of photochemistry applications and implement reliable production units in their facilities.”
The G3 photo reactor comprises LED panels that offer efficient light penetration on both sides of glass fluidic modules, each with an internal volume of 60 ml. The G3 photo reactor also features a tunable LED light source with one dedicated wavelength that can be selected based on customer requirements. It also includes dedicated software that allows customers to control and monitor light intensity of the LED arrays.
“We designed an LED lighting source with a cooling mechanism that enables efficient control of light intensity during the photoreaction process in addition to maintaining long LED lifetime,” said Olivier Lobet, global product engineer, Corning Reactor Technologies.
Photochemical applications can be scaled up from the smaller G1 photo reactor to the new G3 photo reactor which allows for the seamless transfer from lab to industrial scale manufacturing. A production capacity of a few hundred tons per year can be achieved per reactor depending on customers’ processes. The G3 photo reactor also has a compact footprint that makes it easy to increase the productivity of an installation by adding several units in parallel. This offers customers an easy way to build an industrial unit by adding additional reactors based on product demand.
Corning showcased its new G3 photo reactor during ACHEMA 2018, one of the largest European world forums on chemical engineering. Exhibitors from all around the world attend ACHEMA to showcase the latest innovative technologies and equipment for the chemical processing industry.
“Applying flow chemistry to photochemistry was one of the big themes for us during this year’s exhibition,” said Alessandra Vizza, regional business director, Corning Reactor Technologies. “It’s exciting to launch a new product that permits our customers to transition from experimental tests performed in the lab to continuous flow production units. Our G3 photo reactor provides our customers with easy access to flow photochemistry. We hope this will inspire the chemical industry to use more photochemical reactions and apply them to general synthetic routes.”
Customers can now place orders for the new G3 photo reactor through Corning’s regional sales channels. The systems are manufactured at Corning’s S.A.S. facility in France with quality after-sale services delivered by Corning’s regional, technical, and commercial teams around the world.