Phoenix Flow Reactor™

Versatile and modular

The Phoenix Flow Reactor™ is an easy-to-use reactor designed for high temperature and high pressure reactions, enabling the synthesis of novel compounds in a parameter space not achievable with standard laboratory equipment. Its versatility allows the users to create a reaction system that suits the chemistry best.

Features

Powerful: Up to 450 °C temperature capability

Modular: Three different system packages are available with additional modules

Versatile: Reactions can be performed in a loop homogeneously or with a range of different cartridges heterogeneously

System packages with the Phoenix Flow Reactor™

Phoenix Flow Reactor™ Module

Contains: Phoenix Flow Reactor™
Use the Phoenix Flow Reactor™ as a module of the H-Cube Pro™ for cylinder-free hydrogenations and other heterogeneous catalytic reactors at temperatures up to 450 °C and much more: when the Phoenix Flow Reactor™ is connected to the H-Cube Pro™, it is possible to set up a system to perform single or double-step reactions in series and to monitor and control the whole process using the interface of the H-Cube Pro™.

Phoenix Flow Reactor™ Standard System

Contains: HPLC pump, Phoenix Flow Reactor™, Pressure Module™
For liquid-liquid or solid-liquid reactions:

  • The HPLC pump delivers the starting material solution into the system, which is set to the desired temperature and pressure.
  • The starting material solution enters the selected reaction zone, which can be a loop, a CatCart®, a MidiCart™ or a metal-metal sealed column filled with catalyst, where the reaction takes place.
  • The product is collected in a collection vial.

Phoenix Flow Reactor™ Professional System

Contains: HPLC pump, Phoenix Flow Reactor™, Gas Module™, Pressure Module™, Control Module™
For reactions in gas-liquid phase, with or without catalyst:

  • The gas coming from a high pressure gas source (usually a gas tank) is introduced in the Gas Module™, which ensures the accurate dosage of the gas.
  • The HPLC pump introduces the liquid into the system.
  • The gas and the liquid are mixed in the gas-liquid mixer.
  • The gas-liquid mix enters the heated and pressurized reaction zone, which can be a loop, a CatCart®, a MidiCart™ or a metal-metal sealed column filled with catalyst, where the reaction takes place.
  • Product is collected in the collection vial.

Modules for the Phoenix Flow Reactor™ systems

HPLC Pump

The HPLC pump is a 10 mL/min capacity unit with built-in pressure sensor (inlet pressure sensor). It is recommended to have an extra HPLC pump if multiple inlets are needed for the application.

Pressure Module™

The Pressure Module™ generates the pressure in the reaction chamber. The module contains a system valve, a pressure sensor and a 3-way valve to set the outlet (to waste or to product collection). The maximum pressure is 200 bar (300 bar for custom request).

Control Module™

The Control Module™ allows the control and visualization of the records of any connected modules via a touch screen. The automatic control of the parameters for the whole system plays an essential role in safety.

Gas Module™

When the Gas Module™ is connected to the Phoenix Flow Reactor™, it allows the introduction of gases, such as hydrogen, carbon monoxide, oxygen, syngas, etc. 14 different gases can be used up to 100 bar pressure, or any gas which characteristics are under the safety parameters of the system, widening the reactor’s chemistry capabilities significantly. It is also possible to use more than one Gas Module™ and mixers to introduce more than one gas at the same time.

Available reactors and holders

The Phoenix Flow Reactor™ is a powerful and versatile heating unit capable of reaching temperatures up to 450 °C. A big selection of ready-made reactor setups are available for both homogeneous and heterogeneous applications.

Packed bed reactors: Prefilled CatCarts® (30 mm, 70 mm long CatCarts®) and MidiCarts™ are available. We offer empty metal-metal sealed cartridges with fittings from 1/8” OD to 1/2” OD with 125 mm and 250 mm lengths for custom applications. The reactor holder sets are made of four pieces in each case; they are required to fill up the internal volume of the Phoenix Flow Reactor™.

Loops: 4, 8, 16 or 40 mL stainless steel or PTFE and Hastelloy loops are available.

Custom-made reactors are available as well, for these, please contact us at askthechemist@thalesnano.com.

Technical data of the available reactors
Max. temperature (°C)Max. pressure (bar)
Prepacked catalyst cartridges
30 mm CatCart®250150
70 mm CatCart®250150
MidiCart™150150
Metal-metal sealed columns
125 mm (SS, 1/8″, ID: 1.7 mm)450200
125 mm (SS, 1/4″, ID: 3.8 mm)450200
125 mm (SS, 1/2″, ID: 9.4 mm)450200
250 mm (SS, 1/8″, ID: 1.7 mm)450200
250 mm (SS, 1/4″, ID: 3.8 mm)450200
250 mm (SS, 1/2″, ID: 9.4 mm)450200
Loops
PTFE: 4 ml, 8 ml and 16 ml15015
SS: 4 ml, 8 ml, 16 and 40 ml450200
Hastelloy: 4 ml, 8 ml and 16 ml450200

Automation in an extended chemistry space

Fully automated flow chemistry platform, dedicated to high pressure and temperature reactions, with or without reagent gases such as carbon monoxide or hydrogen is also available for the users. The platform features the H-Cube® Pro, the Phoenix Flow Reactor™ and the Gas Module™ combined with the Autosampler™.
Features:

  • Reactions from 10 to 450 °C and from atmospheric pressure to 100 bar
  • Reactions with 14 different gases
  • Heterogeneous or homogeneous catalysis
  • Remote control
Technical data of the Phoenix Flow Reactor™
Max. temperature450°C
Warm-up time10 min (from 30°C – to 450°C)
Cool-down time60 min (from 450°C – to 50°C)
Max. pressure200 bar
Cooling gas input pressure1-6 bar – Nitrogen
DimensionsHeight: 23 cm (9.1″)
Width: 42 cm (16.5″)
Depth: 22 cm (8.7″)
Weightca. 18 kg (40 lbs)
Power requirements230 VAC or 120VAC (made to order), 50-60Hz, 3000VA
Circuit breakers for heating2×12A

 

FAQ

Yes. With the help of as many Gas Modules as necessary and with the Pressure Module™, it is possible to perform catalytic reactions in gas phase at high temperatures and pressures.
No, the Phoenix Flow Reactor™ requires at least a liquid feed and a back pressure supplier to maintain the introduced solvent in liquid phase. It can also work as a module of the H-Cube Pro™.
Yes. If you are a current user of H-Cube Pro™ or already own a back pressure regulator and an HPLC pump, you will be able to connect the Phoenix Flow Reactor™ to them.
Yes. It is possible to create a completely customized system that fits your own needs. Talk to our application chemists (askthechemist@thalesnano.com) to find out what would be the perfect configuration for you.