Our Solutions

At Cambridge Reactor Design we provide creative, simple and practical solutions across the chemistry sectors globally.

Whether your requirement is for one of our off-the-shelf products, or you need a degree of customisation , or you want our fully bespoke service, you will enjoy the peace of mind of working with a company that has a 20 year track record of successful delivery, with a focus on doing more with less.

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Let the robots take the strain.

In drug discovery, advanced systems can play a critical role in moving R and D forward. A pharmaceutical company can expect to spend up to $1.6 billion (£1.3 billion) for market introduction of a drug containing a new active ingredient. The development process can take 12 years and time and cost efficiency are crucial factors in getting profitability to market.

Our automation solutions simplify operations and significantly increased the reproducibility. The drudgery and time required for manual labour can be reduced or cut entirely, with millions of reactions and experiments set on auto-pilot. We support customers seeking full workflow solutions. Our automated robotics and vision software allows complex workflows in multiple research disciplines, such as high throughput screening, controlled filtration and liquid liquid extraction.

Batch Chemistry

Our batch reactors are available in almost any material, used for chemical reactions under pressure such as hydrogenation, polymer and catalyst research. They are used for research and for chemical production in pilot plants. Our laboratory reactors can operate with interchangeable glass or teflon inserts. Efficient mixing is ensured by powerful stirrer drives with magnetic couplings.

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Flow Chemistry

Flow chemistry is preferred as an alternative approach to batch when it is likely to deliver higher yields, faster reactions or safer operations. It is also selected to access new or exotic synthesis routes which would be impossible or impractical using batch. Cambridge Reactor Design has expertise in the following areas:

  • Reactions needing fast mixing for good selectivity
  • Very exothermic or endothermic reactions
  • Reactions requiring high pressures or temperatures
  • Reactions with gas release
  • Reactions with reactants/catalysts in an immiscible phase

If you would like to know more or are considering an alternative approach, please call.

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Down Stream Processing

Routine methods for downstream processing of chemical reactions are boring, time-consuming and inefficient as reactions may need quenching and further purification (a process that typically requires large quantities of solvents). Flow chemistry and microreactor technology are making a significant impact in synthesis. To help with downstream processing, CRD have devised simple, effective devices to overcome problems associated with flow chemistry for example when slurries or solid particulates are involved.

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In my dealings with CRD over the last 14 years, their service-oriented approach to solving customer problems has always impressed me in terms of the quality, speed and ingenuity of solutions offered and implemented. Whether working at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, The University of Cambridge, the Delft University of Technology with Avantium B.V., or now at The University of Sydney - CRD has always delivered for me and my academic, as well as industrial, research teams.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Maschmeyer, ARC Future Fellow (USyd) and Co-Founder and Director of Ignite Energy Resources
(a low carbon footprint energy and fuel company)