What is a chemical synthesis reactor?

Chemical synthesis reactors are vessels in which chemical reactions take place. Reaction parameters, such as temperature, dosing, stirring, and sampling, are set to perform a synthesis reaction. The accuracy and precision of those reaction parameters play an important role in the selectivity, conversion, and reproducibility of the chemical reaction.

What are the types of chemical synthesis reactors?

There are three types of chemical reactors:

  1. Batch reactors
  2. Continuous stirred-tank reactors (CSTR)
  3. Plug flow reactors (PFR)

Batch reactors are stirred tank reactors where the chemical reaction occurs in a confined space over a period of time.

Continuous stirred-tank reactors, or semi-batch reactors, have reactants continuously added and (by)products are removed.

Plug-flow reactors are usually tubular reactors, where the conversion of chemical reactions is influenced by residential time.

What are the challenges with traditional synthesis reactor equipment?

The preparation of manual lab equipment tends to be cumbersome and slow while putting the scientist at risk of exposure. Traditional setups also tend to be poorly controlled when it comes to limiting the reaction parameter range, including T, p, pH, and sampling, which risks inconsistent and non-reproducible results. Information gaps limit understanding if data is not recorded or documentation is lost.

How can I automate my lab reactor?

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METTLER TOLEDO automated chemical synthesis reactor systems are designed for quick start-up, easy handling, precise control, intrinsic safety, and seamless data analysis and reporting.

  • Initiate recipes from the preconfigured home screen touchscreen or software.
  • Control reaction parameters from touchscreen or software, assuring better data quality and complete data sets.
  • Automate active cooling to allow fast temperature control and avoid unexpected side products. 
  • Automate data export to share visualization and traceability of results when you need them.

Additionally, the RX-10 reactor control system can connect to your existing jacketed lab reactor to automate cumbersome tasks for those who do not need full workstation setups. This reactor control system uses the same touchscreen interface as the full workstations for seamless workflows.

Do METTLER TOLEDO chemical synthesis reactors support Design of Experiment (DoE)?

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doe design of experiments

Because our chemical synthesis reactors are designed to minimize bottlenecks and maximize the efficiency of the chemical laboratory, our models easily enable Design of Experiment (DoE) studies to produce high-quality experimental data. You can use METTLER TOLEDO reactors to optimize reaction and process parameters and explore how various combinations of settings such as temperature, pH, dosing, and stirring affect outcomes.

What is the difference between Basic and Advanced models?

EasyMax Advanced offers more features than its Basic counterpart. The Advanced personal synthesis workstation offers a more comprehensive information management platform, including graph trends and task sequences on the touchscreen and full data capture/experiment documentation. You can also easily integrate and add the capabilities of:

  • iC Data Center™ software, to share data and build institutional knowledge
  • iControl™ software for planning, advanced control, and data evaluation
  • Heat flow calorimetry for process safety screening to identify, eliminate, and correct non-scalable reaction conditions

The 102 and 402 designations indicate the maximum volume and number of reactors available in the given workstation (i.e. 102 = up to two 100 ml vessels, while 402 = up to two 400 ml vessels)

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Can I connect my reactor to third party accessories?

chemical synthesis reactor workstation

Yes! Extend your reactor for automated control and data capture of 3rd party devices including sensors and dosing/sampling solutions with the Easy Control Box (ECB) accessory, purchased separately.

ECB provides dosing control capabilities and easily connects commercially available pumps and balances for automated pre-programmed gravimetric or volumetric dosing. The accessory has plug-and-measure functionality with SmartConnect technology sensors. Control elements are automatically recognized, making reactor configuration simple and easy.  

Learn more about Easy Control Box (ECB).

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