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A sensitivity analysis of a numbered-up photomicroreactor system

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Abstract

Limitations with regard to the scalability of photochemical reactions can be efficiently overcome by using numbered-up microreactor technology. Here, the robustness of such a numbered-up capillary photomicroreactor system is tested when subjected to potential disturbances, such as channel blockage and light source failure. Channel blockage leads to relatively large changes in both flow distribution and yield. However, we found that the performance can be accurately predicted thus making it possible to adjust the reaction parameters to obtain certain output targets. Light source failure did not lead to large variations in the mass flow distribution, highlighting the importance of the flow distributor section. Since the reaction is photocatalyzed, the impact on the reaction yield was significant in the reactor where the light failure occurred.

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The article was received on 20 Feb 2017, accepted on 13 Mar 2017, published on 13 Mar 2017 and first published online on 13 Mar 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7RE00024C
Citation: React. Chem. Eng., 2017, Advance Article
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    A sensitivity analysis of a numbered-up photomicroreactor system

    K. P. L. Kuijpers, M. A. H. van Dijk, Q. G. Rumeur, V. Hessel, Y. Su and T. Noël, React. Chem. Eng., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7RE00024C

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