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3D printing outclasses glass

Reactionware revolution continues with nanoparticle flow reactor

A UK team has demonstrated the power of 3D printing in producing complex labware for about the same cost as a paperback book.

The inaugural study to come from Victor Sans’ group at the University of Nottingham, UK, is a proof of concept. In it they designed, manufactured and optimised a cheap yet complex flow reactor for a model system – silver nanoparticle synthesis.

Check out the full story by Reaction Chemistry & Engineering’s Development Editor Hugh Cowley in Chemistry World!


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O. Okafor et al, React. Chem. Eng., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/c6re00210b

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Automated fluorine radiolabelling moves closer to the clinic

New technique could improve tumour diagnosis and treatment

A new automated fluorine-18 radiolabelling procedure could allow better tumour diagnosis and treatment in the clinic.

Graham Smith and coworkers at the Institute of Cancer Research have used two different radiolabelling platforms to successfully label three small biological molecules with fluorine-18, which could allow the batch production of these radiopharmaceuticals to satellite PET centres around the country.

“We showed how the process could be automated, and reported some indicative trends for the radiolabelling efficiency so that radiochemists with an interest in this type of radiolabelling can quickly adapt and optimise to suit a chosen peptide of interest,” comments Smith.

Check out the full story in Chemistry World.

 


This article is free to access until March 14th.

L Allott et al, React. Chem. Eng., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/c6re00204h

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‘Robo-chemist’ optimises reactions in one day

Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Chair Klavs Jensen and colleague Steve Buchwald have developed an intelligent automated reactor that drastically cuts the time it takes to optimise cross-coupling reactions.

Their automated flow reactor that can respond to the results of experiments and determine the optimum conditions for catalytic reactions within a single day.

suzuki miyaura optimisation

RCE Advisory Board member Ryan Hartman highly praises the research as a ‘vital contribution that advances both synthetic chemistry and chemical engineering’ in Chemistry World.

Check out the full story by Jamie Durrani here.


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B J Reizman et al, React. Chem. Eng., 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00153J

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Batch and flow: united at last

Batch and flow chemistry can finally be carried out together on the same system!

Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Editorial Board member Steve Ley and colleague Daniel Fitzpatrick at the University of Cambridge have developed an automated reactor that can carry out both batch and flow processes, allowing for greater automation of multi-step synthesis.

Read the full story in Chemistry World.

This article is free to access until 25 November 2016

D E Fitzpatrick and S V Ley, React. Chem. Eng., 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00160B

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2016 AIChE Annual Meeting

The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover a wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

With the meeting fast-approaching, we are delighted to announce that Reaction Chemistry & Engineering will be running two sessions on Tuesday, 15 November:

Session 375: Reaction Chemistry and Engineering I
Chair: Klavs F. Jensen, Chair of Reaction Chemistry & Engineering

Session 434: Reaction Chemistry and Engineering II
Chair: Saif A. Khan, Scientific Editor for Reaction Chemistry & Engineering

These sessions will focus on the following topics:

  • Reaction mechanism and kinetics
  • Reaction analysis and monitoring
  • Catalytic reactions
  • Multiphase and new reactor technology

Check out the full Technical Program for the meeting and we look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

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A colour is worth a thousand spectra

Scientists from Germany have developed a quick and low-cost screening method for photocatalytic reactions based on a simple change of colour.

In a recent study in Reaction Chemistry & Engineering, Burkhard König and a colleague from the University of Regensburg have developed a simple colorimetric method to analyse the outcome of photocatalytic reactions. An organic dye changes colour if a reaction works and can even indicate how much of the starting materials has been consumed.

Read the full story by Michaela Mühlberg in Chemistry World.

This article is free to access until 19 September 2016:

Michal Poznik and Burkhard Konig, React. Chem. Eng, 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00117C

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