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The Future of Photochemistry with Vapourtec’s UV-150

Vapourtec has developed the UV-150, a pioneering photochemical reactor that will lead to more efficient, precise, consistent, safe and scalable photochemical synthesis offering potential routes for novel compounds and building blocks together with possible new manufacturing processes.

Two years in development, the plug and play reactor offers a wide range of features that makes it an industry first. With no intensive set up required, it is unique within the field of flow chemistry and is designed to complement Vapourtec’s existing R-Series and E-Series flow chemistry systems used in hundreds of laboratories around the world.

The UV-150 allows for safe access to photo chemistry processes that hasn’t existed before due to the unique design of the 150 Watt lamp, filters and reactors that deliver enhanced power, analytics and temperature control. The reactor, around 10% of the volume of other reactors that offer similar throughput, operates between -5° and 80°C.

Dr Duncan Browne, an experienced post-doc and flow chemist involved in research using the UV-150 at the Ley Group, Cambridge commented: “The modularity, convenience and compact scale of the Vapourtec system sets-up the opportunity for a great deal more chemists to explore the area of photochemically induced reactions.”

According to Vapourtec Managing Director Duncan Guthrie, the new reactor could have a dramatic impact on the potential of photochemistry within continuous flow processing: “The UV-150 is a truly unique innovation that gives chemists the opportunity to develop ‘reagent less’ and scalable manufacturing of new and existing compounds and is a far more efficient alternative to traditional batch chemistry approaches.

“Current green photochemistry processes can be hazardous due to the lack of control and scalability inherent within traditional batch systems.

“There is real physics behind the UV-150 with a compact high intensity 150 watt lamp, temperature control, wavelength filtering and reflective surfaces all designed to ensure that the photons emitted by the lamp are efficiently absorbed by the reagents.

“Despite still being an underutilised technique, there is growing interest in photochemistry and this is a perfect fit for industry requirements. This is the biggest innovation we have developed so far and there is genuine interest and application within many fields including academia, pharma and environmental,” added Duncan

Established in 2003, Vapourtec has developed a flourishing international market for its flow chemistry technology. For more details visit: www.vapourtec.co.uk/products/photochemicalreactor

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