Celebrating International Women’s Day in RCE

As part of International Women’s Day, we would like to take the opportunity to celebrate research led by women and published in Reaction Chemistry & Engineering. With a big thank you to these researchers, and to all women that have contributed to work published in the journal, we encourage you to read their excellent work!


  • Professor Donna Blackmond, Scripps Research Institute, USA and Editorial Board member for Reaction Chemistry & Engineering

In situ FTIR spectroscopic monitoring of electrochemically controlled organic reactions in a recycle reactor
Alexander G. O’Brien, Oana R. Luca, Phil S. Baran and Donna G. Blackmond
React. Chem. Eng., 2016, 1, 90-95
DOI: 10.1039/C5RE00050E

An electrochemical reactor coupled with a recycle loop through a transmission FTIR cell allows continuous monitoring of reaction progress.

 


Catalysis in flow: O2 effect on the catalytic activity of Ru(OH)x/γ-Al2O3 during the aerobic oxidation of an alcohol
John B. Brazier, Klaus Hellgardt and King Kuok (Mimi) Hii
React. Chem. Eng., 2017, 2, 60-67
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00208K

Different roles of O2 in the Ru-catalysed aerobic oxidation of alcohols have been delineated.

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Aerobic oxidations in flow: opportunities for the fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries
Asterios Gavriilidis, Achilleas Constantinou, Klaus Hellgardt, King Kuok (Mimi) Hii, Graham J. Hutchings, Gemma L. Brett, Simon Kuhn and Stephen P. Marsden
React. Chem. Eng., 2016, 1, 595-612
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00155F

This collaborative review (between teams of chemists and chemical engineers) describes the current scientific and operational hurdles that prevent the utilisation of aerobic oxidation reactions for the production of speciality chemicals and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

 


Synthesis of narrow sized silver nanoparticles in the absence of capping ligands in helical
microreactors

Ke-Jun Wu, Geoffroy Michet De Varine Bohan and Laura Torrente-Murciano
React. Chem. Eng., 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00202A
From themed collection Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Emerging Investigators

Microtubular helical reactors generate secondary flows promoting the synthesis of mono-sized silver nanoparticles in the absence of capping ligands.

 


Application of microfluidics to control product selectivity during non-catalytic oxidation of
naphthenic-aromatic hydrocarbons

M. N. Siddiquee, A. de Klerk and N. Nazemifard
React. Chem. Eng., 2016, 1, 418-435
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00010J

Liquid phase oxidation of naphthenic-aromatic hydrocarbons in slug-flow reactor shows high selectivity, arising from the ability to control local oxygen availability in miniaturized reactors.

 


The catalytic activity and chemical structure of nano MoS2 synthesized in a controlled environment
H. P. Zhang, H. F. Lin, Y. Zheng, Y. F. Hu and A. MacLennan
React. Chem. Eng., 2016, 1, 165-175
DOI: 10.1039/C5RE00046G
From themed collection Celebrating 175 years of the Royal Society of Chemistry

The redox synthesis mechanism is, for the first time, revealed in a novel hydrothermal preparation of nano MoS2 with MoO3 as precursors. The S-to-Mo ratio plays a key role in influencing the morphology and activity of catalyst MoS2.

 


Decay kinetics of sensitive bioinorganic species in a SuperFocus mixer at ambient conditions
Daniela Schurr, Florian Strassl, Patricia Liebhäuser, Günter Rinke, Roland Dittmeyer and Sonja Herres-Pawlis
React. Chem. Eng., 2016, 1, 485-493
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00119J

For the first time the formation and decay of the thermally very sensitive bis(μ-oxo)dicopper species was monitored at ambient temperature in a continuous flow setup and the rate constant of the decay was measured.

 


Methanation of residual syngas after LPG synthesis: identifying the main effects on catalytic performance with Plackett–Burman screening design
Florian Krebs, Vitaliy Bliznuk, Joon Hyun Baik, Regina Palkovits and Kalin Simeonov
React. Chem. Eng., 2016, 1, 477-484
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00071A

Seven factors in catalyst development were selected and rated towards their impact on methanation as a downstream process.

 

 


Development of a reactor with carbon catalysts for modular-scale, low-cost electrochemical generation of H2O2
Zhihua Chen, Shucheng Chen, Samira Siahrostami, Pongkarn Chakthranont, Christopher Hahn, Dennis Nordlund, Sokaras Dimosthenis, Jens K. Nørskov, Zhenan Bao and Thomas F. Jaramillo
React. Chem. Eng., 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00195E
From themed collection Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Emerging Investigators

Small-scale reactors for H2O2 production that can couple to renewable energy sources would be of great benefit for decentralized water purification.

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Outstanding Reviewers for Reaction Chemistry & Engineering in 2016

Following the success of Peer Review Week in September 2016 (dedicated to reviewer recognition) during which we published a list of our top reviewers, we are delighted to announce that we will continue to recognise the contribution that our reviewers make to the journal by announcing our Outstanding Reviewers each year.

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Reaction Chemistry & Engineering in 2016, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Dr Duncan Browne, Cardiff University
Dr Antimo Gioiello, Universita degli Studi di Perugia
Professor Christian Goldsmith, Auburn University
Dr Ryan Hartman, New York University
Professor Christian Oliver Kappe, Universitat Graz
Dr Amy Mueller, MIT
Dr Antonio Perazzo, Università di Napoli Federico II
Professor Bert Weckhuysen, Universiteit Utrecht
Dr Charlotte Wiles, Chemtrix
Dr Jun Yue, University of Groningen

We would also like to thank the Reaction Chemistry & Engineering board and the reaction engineering community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre.

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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!


This article is free to access when you register:

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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Top 10 Most-accessed Reaction Chemistry & Engineering articles – Q4 2016

This month sees the following articles in Reaction Chemistry & Engineering that are in the top ten most accessed from October – December 2016:

Why not take a look at the articles today and blog your thoughts and comments below.

A miniature CSTR cascade for continuous flow of reactions containing solids
Yiming Mo and Klavs F. Jensen
React. Chem. Eng., 2016,1, 501-507
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00132G

Self-optimisation of the final stage in the synthesis of EGFR kinase inhibitor AZD9291 using an automated flow reactor
Nicholas Holmes, Geoffrey R. Akien, A. John Blacker, Robert L. Woodward, Rebecca E. Meadows and Richard A. Bourne
React. Chem. Eng., 2016,1, 366-371
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00059B

The application of reaction engineering to biocatalysis
R. H. Ringborg and J. M. Woodley
React. Chem. Eng., 2016,1, 10-22
DOI: 10.1039/C5RE00045A

A spray-drying continuous-flow method for simultaneous synthesis and shaping of microspherical high nuclearity MOF beads
L. Garzón-Tovar, M. Cano-Sarabia, A. Carné-Sánchez, C. Carbonell, I. Imaz and D. Maspoch
React. Chem. Eng., 2016,1, 533-539
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00065G

Continuous flow Buchwald–Hartwig amination of a pharmaceutical intermediate
Polina Yaseneva, Paul Hodgson, Jacek Zakrzewski, Sebastian Falß, Rebecca E. Meadows and Alexei A. Lapkin
React. Chem. Eng., 2016,1, 229-238
DOI: 10.1039/C5RE00048C

Adenine as an organocatalyst for the ring-opening polymerization of lactide: scope, mechanism and access to adenine-functionalized polylactide
Guilherme Nogueira, Audrey Favrelle, Marc Bria, João P. Prates Ramalho, Paulo J. Mendes, Andreia Valente and Philippe Zinck
React. Chem. Eng., 2016,1, 508-520
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00061D

A convenient numbering-up strategy for the scale-up of gas–liquid photoredox catalysis in flow
Yuanhai Su, Koen Kuijpers, Volker Hessel and Timothy Noël
React. Chem. Eng., 2016,1, 73-81
DOI: 10.1039/C5RE00021A

A laboratory-scale continuous flow chlorine generator for organic synthesis
Franz J. Strauss, David Cantillo, Javier Guerra and C. Oliver Kappe
React. Chem. Eng., 2016,1, 472-476
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00135A

Continuous photochemistry: the flow synthesis of ibuprofen via a photo-Favorskii rearrangement
M. Baumann and Ian R. Baxendale
React. Chem. Eng., 2016,1, 147-150
DOI: 10.1039/C5RE00037H

A multistep continuous flow synthesis machine for the preparation of pyrazoles via a metal-free amine-redox process
Jian-Siang Poh, Duncan L. Browne and Steven V. Ley
React. Chem. Eng., 2016,1, 101-105
DOI: 10.1039/C5RE00082C

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Royal Society of Chemistry and ACS Publications commit to ORCID integration

Yesterday, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society Publications Division, ACS Publications, both signed the ORCID Open Letter committing to unambiguous identification of all authors that publish in our journals.

The official press release can be found here: http://rsc.li/orcid

In brief, this partnership with ORCID will resolve ambiguity in researcher identification caused by name changes, cultural differences in name presentation, and the inconsistent use of name abbreviations, thereby ensuring their contributions are appropriately recognized and credited.

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Flow Chemistry Europe 2017

Reaction Chemistry & Engineering is proud to sponsor the Flow Chemistry Europe 2017 meeting, to be held by the Flow Chemistry Society at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, UK, on 7–8 February 2017. Submit your poster abstract before 17 January 2017 for a chance to win a prize, courtesy of Reaction Chemistry & Engineering!

Conference Chairs:

  • Volker Hessel (Eindhoven University of Technology, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Editorial Board)
  • Mimi Hii (Imperial College London, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Advisory Board),

This meeting is dedicated to the integration of flow chemistry into everyday processes. By attending this industry-leading conference, you will benefit from the expert knowledge of academic and industry leaders who are pushing the boundaries of this rapidly evolving field. Agenda topics include:

  • Back to Einstein – Electrification of chemistry – making use of the smallest units, photons and electrons
  • Back to Health – Medicinal flow chemistry in the era of the FDA’s door opening towards emerging technologies
  • Back to Nature – End-to-end continuous-flow production

Keynote Speaker

  • Timothy Noel (Eindhoven University of Technology), presenting “A Conceptually New Photomicroreactor Design for Energy-efficient Solar Photochemistry

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Andrea Adamo (Zaiput Flow Technologies)
  • Claudio Battilocchio (University of Cambridge)
  • Richard Bourne (University of Leeds, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Advisory Board)
  • Doris Dallinger (University of Graz)
  • Stevan Djuric (AbbVie)
  • Amanda Evans (California State University Fullerton)
  • Alain Favre-Reguillon (University of Lyon)
  • Daniel Fitzpatrick (University of Cambridge)
  • Antimo Gioiello (University of Perugia)
  • Robert Green (University of Southampton)
  • Heidrun Gruber-Woelfler (Graz University of Technology)
  • Thomas Junkers (Hasselt University)
  • Anita Maguire (University College Cork)
  • Kevin Milburn (University of Bristol)
  • Polona Znidarsic Plazl (University of Ljubljana)
  • Igor Plazl (University of Ljubljana)
  • Dominique Roberge (Lonza Group)
  • Floris Rutjes (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Guy Samburski (TEVA)
  • Siegfried Waldvogel (Johannes Gutenburg-University Mainz, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Advisory Board)
  • Thomas Wirth (Cardiff University)

Early bird discounts are available until 10 January 2017 and the deadline for poster submission is 17 January 2017.

Flow Chemistry Society members save 25% on the cost of registration whilst non-members receive their first year’s membership included in the fee.
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37th International Organic Process Research and Development Conference

We are pleased to announce Organic Process Research& Development – The 37th International Conference and Exhibition, to be held on 6–8 March 2017 at the Westin Pasadena, Pasadena, USA.

On the agenda are discussions of the latest issues relating to synthetic route design, development and optimisation in the parmaceutical, fine chemical and related fields.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Robert Grubbs (CalTech, USA)

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jean Guy Boiteau (Galderma R&D, France)
  • Peter Hermsen (DSM Chemical Technology R&D, The Netherlands)
  • Scott Hecker (Rempex Pharmaceuticals, USA)
  • Clemens Steuckler (Patheon Austria GmbH & Co KG, Austria)
  • Ben Littler (Vertex Pharmaceuticals, USA)
  • Jade Osei-Tutu (Johnson Matthey Plc, UK)
  • David Rozzell (Provivi, Inc., USA)
  • Scott Savage (Genentech, Inc., USA)
  • Chris Senanayake (Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., USA)
  • John Studley (Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Europe) Ltd, UK)
  • Rajappa Vaidyanathan (Bristol-Myers Squibb, India)
  • Phillip Wheeler (Materia Inc., USA)

Early bird discount is available if you register before 31 December 2016.

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25th International Symposium: Synthesis in Organic Chemistry – registration now open!

We are delighted to announce that 25th International Symposium: Synthesis in Organic Chemistry will be held in Oxford on 17 – 20 July 2017 – be sure to secure your place today!

Plenary speakers:

  • Michael Krishe, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Varinder Agaarwal, University of Bristol, UK

For the full list and details of speakers and conference themes, please visit the event web page.

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21st IUPAC International Conference on Organic Synthesis

We are pleased to announce the 21st International Conference on Organic Synthesis (ICOS 21) which will be held on 11–16 December 2016 at IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India.

This biennial IUPAC event is a platform for the exhibition of new and upcoming topics in the field of organic chemistry.

Returning to India for the first time since ICOS 10 was held at IIS Bangalore in 1994, this conference aims to bring together new ideas across total synthesis, design of new methodologies, flow chemistry, C–H activation, synthetic biology, pharmaceutical chemistry and industrial chemistry.

Register now to attend the meeting alongside the following speakers:

Special Lecture

Professor Goverdhan Mehta, University of Hyderabad, India

Plenary Speakers

  • Janine Cossy, Institute of Chemistry, Biology and Innovation, France
  • Michael Krische, The University of Texas, Austin, USA
  • Dawei Ma, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, China
  • Klaus Muellen, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany
  • Ganesh Pandey, CBMR, India
  • Viresh Rawal, The University of Chicago, USA
  • Chris Senanayake, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, USA
  • Keisuke Suzuki, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Dean Toste, University of California, USA
  • Herbert Waldmann, Max Planck University of Molecular Physiology, Germany
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