The right light : de novo design of a robust modular photochemical reactor for optimum batch and flow chemistry

Bonfield, Holly E. and Mercer, Kayleigh and Diaz-Rodriguez, Alba and Cook, Gemma C. and McKay, Blandine S. J. and Slade, Pawel and Taylor, George M. and Ooi, Wei Xiang and Williams, Jason D. and Roberts, Jack P. M. and Murphy, John A. and Schmermund, Luca and Kroutil, Wolfgang and Mielke, Tamara and Cartwright, Jared and Grogan, Gideon and Edwards, Lee J. (2019) The right light : de novo design of a robust modular photochemical reactor for optimum batch and flow chemistry. ChemPhotoChem. ISSN 2367-0932

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Abstract

Having identified inconsistencies when repeating literature examples of photochemical transformations and difficulties recreating experimental setups, we devised several criteria that an ideal lab‐scale reactor should achieve. Herein, we introduce a versatile photoreactor for high‐throughput screening, preparative‐scale batch reactions and continuous processing, all with a single light source. The reactor utilizes interchangeable arrays of pseudo‐monochromatic high‐power LEDs in a range of synthetically useful wavelengths, combined with excellent temperature control. Moreover, light intensity can be modulated in an accurate and straightforward manner. This system has subsequently been tested on a range of literature methodologies.