Flash Pyrolysis Platform

Faster, greener chemistry in a wide parameter window

While a number of methods are available to organic chemists for the synthesis of novel structures, it has also been shown that they employ a relatively small chemical technology toolbox, which limits the potentially available chemical space in conventional laboratories all around the world. This is especially true once extreme process conditions are applied in order to attain the desired (and in most cases novel) compounds.

In response to these limitations and needs we have developed and launched the Flash Pyrolysis Platform onto the market, that reaches beyond the already known capabilities of the usual vacuum flash pyrolysis instruments by enabling the users to apply non-volatile starting materials as well, via our own interchangeable vaporizer system.

Therefore, the Flash Pyrolysis Platform is capable of handling and providing 2 interchangeable modes for its users:

Flash Vacuum Pyrolysis Applications (FVP)
Continuous Liquid Spray Vaporization (CLSV)

Advantages

  • Simple: Easy-to-use system
  • Powerful: Temperature up to 1000 °C
  • Interchangeable: Smooth change between the two modes
  • Precise: Separate heating for the reactor and the preheater
  • Versatile: Volatile and non-volatile materials can be reacted
  • Efficient: Fast reactions at extremely high temperatures
  • Greener chemistry: Solvent free reactions can be performed

Application areas

  • Mono- and multimolecular reactions
  • Pericyclic reactions
  • Cycloadditions and retro-cycloadditions
  • Sigmatropic reactions
  • Extrusion of small molecules (e.g. CO, CO2, N2, etc.)
  • Cleavage of the weakest single bond
  • Ring expansion, ring closure

How does it work?

Flash Vacuum Pyrolysis (FVP)

During the course of the FVP applications, the system is kept under vacuum, while the starting material is introduced mostly in a micronized solid state. Due to the applied conditions (high temperature and vacuum) the FVP applications facilitate the occurrence of mostly unimolecular reactions where the materials (in gas phase) pass through the reactor in milliseconds.

In FVP mode, the starting material is distilled through the furnace in a quartz reactor tube, while it is exposed to pyrolytic conditions in the furnace under vacuum. The precursor sublimates through the system by a preheater mounted onto the furnace, and the products are then condensed by cold traps afterwards.

Apart from the fact that the vacuum may avoid adverse chemical reactions, it may also decrease the boiling point of the precursors in the preheater, helping the starting material to be sublimated through the system too.

Continuous Liquid Spray Vaporization (CLSV)

In the case of the CLSV methods, the starting material is dispersed in a chosen solvent that is sprayed through the system using a carrier gas.

In CLSV mode the applications do not require the presence of a vacuum and the substrate does not have to be volatile, as it is dissolved and sprayed through the reactor tube via a nozzle under continuous nitrogen flow. Finally the samples are collected using the cold traps.

 

Technical specification
Preheater temperature range RT-400°C
Furnace temperature range RT-1000°C
Operating pressure mBar (hPa) vacuum (FVP)
Quartz reactor tube Standard outside diameter: 35 mm
Max outside diameter: 55 mm
Furnace Heated length: 450 mm
Physical length: 600 mm
3 controlled zone (main + 2 sides)
Nozzle operation range Liq. 0.1-5 mL/min, gas 0.3-10 L/min
Electric supply 110 VAC 60 Hz or 230 VAC, 50 Hz
Max. 2800 W
Weight 34 Kg
Dimensions 1040 x 545 x 545 mm
Vacuum pump electric supply 110 VAC, 60 Hz or 230 VAC, 50 Hz
max. 240 W
Vacuum pump weight 18 Kg
Vacuum pump dimensions 423 x 176 x 127 mm

Links for further information

  • Download the product brochure from here.
  • For the related application note please click here.
  • For more questions and answers please visit our FAQ session here.