Professor Derek Pletcher
Professor Derek Pletcher says: I am delighted to see the Ammonite 8 spiral electrolysis cell become available for use in organic synthesis laboratories. The cell designed and developed jointly by a group in the University of Southampton and Cambridge Reactor Design Ltd has unique properties that allow a high conversion in a single pass and the production of multigrams per hour. This performance make it ideal for application as a routine synthesis tool and offers a way forward for synthetic chemists to make use of the extensive literature on organic electrosynthesis.
Cambridge Reactor Design supports studentship
At Cambridge Reactor Design we specialise in designing and manufacturing reactors for new chemical production routes. Our expertise in flow chemistry is now reasonably well established and we support production systems all over the world. The development of new electrochemical routes in the industrial production of organic compounds is attracting increasing interest. The designs of our electrochemical cells are opening possibilities in this new technique, supported by Professor Richard Brown and the University of Southampton. We believe that our SME business will be significantly improved if we help to establish this new electrochemical method for production. UPDATE! New PhD student Alex Teuten has now joined the flow electrosynthesis team at the University of Southampton, supervised by Professor Richard Brown.
Organic Electrochemistry, Microreactors, and Their Synergy
Driven by remarkable improve- ments in our understanding of factors governing organic reactions, the role of organic synthesis has been expanded to various fields of science and technology, such as new materials and new medicinal agents. Because of rapid progress in such fields, demands for producing desired organic compounds in a highly efficient and environmentally benign manner have been increasing. In order to meet such demands, synergy between organic electrochemistry and microreactors is expected to play a central role.