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™ Basic System

Contains: HPLC pump, Phoenix Flow Reactor™, Back 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™, Back 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.

Back Pressure Module™

The Back 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.

SS Loop Package™

The Phoenix Flow Reactor™ SS Loop Package contains 3 different sizes of stainless steel (SS) loop reactors for high temperature homogeneous chemical reactions with the appropriate holders for each:
– 4 mL SS coil
– 8 mL SS coil
– 16 mL SS coil

Hastelloy Loop Package™

The Phoenix Flow Reactor™ Hastelloy Loop Package contains 3 different sizes of Hastelloy loop reactors for high temperature homogeneous chemical reactions with the appropriate holders for each:
– 4 mL Hastelloy coil
– 8 mL Hastelloy coil
– 16 mL Hastelloy coil

PTFE Loop Package™

The Phoenix Flow Reactor™ PTFE Loop Package contains 3 different sizes of PTFE loop reactors for homogeneous chemical reactions with the appropriate holders for each:
– 4 mL PTFE coil
– 8 mL PTFE coil
– 16 mL PTFE coil

Scale-Up Loop Package™

The Phoenix Flow Reactor™ Scale-Up Loop Package contains a 40 mL 1/8″ OD stainless steel loop reactor for high temperature homogeneous chemical reactions with the appropriate holder.

Heterogeneous Package 30™

The Phoenix Flow Reactor™ Heterogeneous Package 30 contains 12 different CatCarts for homogeneous chemical reactions with the appropriate holders:
– 10% Pd/C 30×4 mm CatCart (2 pieces)
– Raney Nickel 30×4 mm CatCart (2 pieces)
– 10% Pt/C 30×4 mm CatCart (2 pieces)
– 1% Au/TiO2 30×4 mm CatCart (2 pieces)
– 5% Ru/C 30×4 mm CatCart (2 pieces)
– SiliaCat DPP-Pd 30×4 mm CatCart (2 pieces)
– 30 mm CatCart Holder
– Holder sets for CatCarts

Heterogeneous Package 70™

The Phoenix Flow Reactor™ Heterogeneous Package 70 contains 12 different CatCarts for homogeneous chemical reactions with the appropriate holders:
– 10% Pd/C 70×4 mm CatCart (2 pieces)
– Raney Nickel 70×4 mm CatCart (2 pieces)
– 10% Pt/C 70×4 mm CatCart (2 pieces)
– 1% Au/TiO2 70×4 mm CatCart (2 pieces)
– 5% Ru/C 70×4 mm CatCart (2 pieces)
– SiliaCat DPP-Pd 70×4 mm CatCart (2 pieces)
– 70 mm CatCart Holder
– Holder sets for CatCarts

High Temperature Heterogeneous Package™

The Phoenix Flow Reactor™ High Temperature Heterogeneous Package contains 3 different sizes of metal-metal sealed stainless steel cartridges for high temperature heterogeneous chemical reactions with the appropriate holder sets for each:
– 125 mm length with 1/2″ OD
– 125 mm length with 1/4″ OD
– 125 mm length with 1/8″ OD

Scale-Up Heterogeneous Package™

The Phoenix Flow Reactor™ Scale-Up Heterogeneous Package contains 2 different sizes of metal-metal sealed stainless steel cartridges and 4 different MidiCarts for high temperature heterogeneous chemical reactions with the appropriate holder sets for each:
– 250 mm length with 1/2″ OD metal-metal sealed cartridge
– 250 mm length with 1/4″ OD metal-metal sealed cartridge
– 10% Pd/C MidiCart
– 10% Pt/C MidiCart
– 5% Ru/C MidiCart
– Raney Nickel MidiCart

Technical data of the available reactors
Max. temperature (°C) Max. pressure (bar)
Prepacked catalyst cartridges
30 mm CatCart® 250 150
70 mm CatCart® 250 150
MidiCart™ 150 150
Metal-metal sealed columns
125 mm (SS, 1/8″, ID: 1.7 mm) 450 200
125 mm (SS, 1/4″, ID: 3.8 mm) 450 200
125 mm (SS, 1/2″, ID: 9.4 mm) 450 200
250 mm (SS, 1/8″, ID: 1.7 mm) 450 200
250 mm (SS, 1/4″, ID: 3.8 mm) 450 200
250 mm (SS, 1/2″, ID: 9.4 mm) 450 200
Loops
PTFE: 4 ml, 8 ml and 16 ml 150 15
SS: 4 ml, 8 ml, 16 and 40 ml 450 200
Hastelloy: 4 ml, 8 ml and 16 ml 450 200

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. temperature 450°C
Warm-up time 10 min (from 30°C – to 450°C)
Cool-down time 60 min (from 450°C – to 50°C)
Max. pressure 200 bar
Cooling gas input pressure 1-6 bar – Nitrogen
Dimensions Height: 23 cm (9.1″)
Width: 42 cm (16.5″)
Depth: 22 cm (8.7″)
Weight ca. 18 kg (40 lbs)
Power requirements 230 VAC or 120VAC (made to order), 50-60Hz, 3000VA
Circuit breakers for heating 2×12A

 

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.