Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today introduced the Corning Lab Reactor system as the newest product available in its Advanced Flow™ reactor (AFR) portfolio at the seventh Corning Reactor Technology Annual Conference in Changzhou, China, today through March 7.
The Lab Reactor is metal-free in all process fluid paths with a patented “heart-cell” channel design enabling high-chemical durability and outstanding mixing and heat exchange. The reactor’s fluidic module is made of Corning specialty glass, providing a transparent window for chemists to see what’s happening inside. In addition, its “plug and play” open system includes data monitoring and storage, and easily connects with process analytical technology (PAT).
“The Lab Reactor is a great solution for our customers in academia and research institutes,” said Dr. Yi Jiang, business director, Corning AFR Technologies. “It has a low internal volume, but with similar mixing and heat-transfer characteristics that enable a seamless scale-up with other AFR products such as the G1 reactor for lab and small production, and the G4 reactor for dedicated production. The reactor installs quickly and easily, and is ready to operate within a few minutes, helping researchers conduct their work in a more efficient manner.”
The Lab Reactor system has a photo reactor option that offers efficient light penetration with illumination on both sides of the glass fluidic module. The photo reactor also features a tunable LED irradiation source with six different wavelengths – with the LED lighting intensity higher than 100 mW/cm2. The option also enables wireless control of wavelength selection and intensity.
“We designed an LED lighting source with a cooling mechanism that enables increased temperature accuracy during the photoreaction process,” said Olivier Lobet, global product engineer, Corning Reactor Technologies. “The extended photo-flow reactor option also helps expand the horizon of the chemistry with consistent control within the operating system.”
Corning announced this new system during the Reactor Technology Annual Conference with approximately 500 attendees from academia as well as the pharmaceutical, fine, and specialty chemical processing industries.
“Flow-chemistry education is one of the big themes for us during this year’s conference,” Yi said. “And it’s exciting that we have a new, integrated, user-friendly lab system to help many students step into the flow-chemistry arena. Flow chemistry is not yet part of a course curriculum or training for chemists and chemical engineers in most universities and institutes, but we think it will be a valuable tool for their future careers.”
Customers can now place orders for the new Lab Reactor systems 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.
Corning’s AFR technology enables the continuous processing of chemicals with a smaller footprint than conventional batch reactors. They are also specially designed to enable the conversion of batch chemical processes to continuous processes. Corning’s reactors provide customers with cost-effective solutions, specialized engineering support, and process expertise.
Compared with traditional batch reactors, Corning’s reactors can enable at least 100 times enhancement in mixing, 1,000 times improvement in heat transfer performance, and seamless, efficient scale-up from the lab to full-scale production of chemicals for the pharmaceutical, specialty, and fine chemical industries.
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