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Can all bulk-phase reactions be accelerated in microdroplets?

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Abstract

Recent studies have shown that microdroplet reactions are markedly accelerated compared to the corresponding bulk-phase reactions. This raises the question whether all reactions can be sped up by this means. We present a counter example, and we show that the reaction mechanism in microdroplets can differ sharply from that in bulk, especially because of the distinct microdroplet surface environment. This analysis helps to guide us how to choose and control reactions in microdroplets and provides a possible perspective on utilizing microdroplet chemistry to scale up synthesis.

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Submitted
03 Oct 2016
Accepted
14 Mar 2017
First published
14 Mar 2017

Analyst, 2017,142, 1399-1402
Article type
Perspective

Can all bulk-phase reactions be accelerated in microdroplets?

S. Banerjee, E. Gnanamani, X. Yan and R. N. Zare, Analyst, 2017, 142, 1399
DOI: 10.1039/C6AN02225A

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