The Right Light – De Novo Design of a Robust Modular Photochemical Reactor for Optimum Batch and Flow Chemistry

Gideon James Grogan, Holly Bonfield, Kayleigh Mercer, Alba Diaz-Rodriguez, Gemma Cook, Blandine McKay, Pawel Slade, George Taylor, Wei Xiang Ooi, Jason Williams, Jack Roberts, John Murphy, Luca Schmermund, Wolfgang Kroutil, Tamara Mielke, Jared Cartwright, Lee Edwards

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Having identified inconsistencies when repeating literature examples of photochemical transformations and difficulties recreating experimental setups, we devised several criteria that an ideal labscale reactor should achieve. Herein, we introduce a versatile photoreactor for high throughput screening, preparative scale batch reactions and continuous processing, all with a single light source. The reactor utilizes interchangeable arrays of pseudo-monochromatic high-power LEDs in a range of synthetically useful wavelengths, combined with excellent temperature control. Moreover, light intensity can be modulated in an accurate and straightforward manner. This system has subsequently been tested on a range of literature methodologies.
Original languageEnglish
Early online date15 Aug 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Aug 2019

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