Flexible Reactors for Variable Challenges

In today's fast-paced research and development landscape, the demands on your laboratory can change with every project. R&D quickly takes new directions, and the requirements on your laboratory may vary accordingly. If your equipment only accepts a narrow range of conditions, your capability to take on emerging opportunities is reduced.


This means that you need equipment that is flexible enough to adapt to these changing demands. That's where the rotating bed reactor (RBR) comes in.

With an RBR in your lab, you are prepared to quickly develop and scale new heterogeneous processes like catalysis, adsorption, or ion exchange reactions. This makes it an ideal choice for modern laboratory setups that need to be able to quickly pivot and adapt to new projects. Discussed below are some features of the RBR:


Varying the liquid volume

The rotating bed reactor creates a fast flow of liquid through the solid phase, and efficiently mixes the entire liquid volume. The same rotating bed reactor can be deployed in different volumes of liquid. One experiment showed that the processing time per unit volume was constant when using the same RBR and scaling the liquid volume 33 times. It is even possible to deploy a rotating bed reactor in applications where the liquid volume is more than 27800 times larger than the volume of solids!



Screening optimal loading of solids

Many heterogeneous processes (e.g., adsorption or catalysis) are made faster by increasing the solid-to-liquid ratio. We investigated the effect of increasing the loading of an immobilized enzyme on the rate of a biocatalytic reaction, and the result was clear; the reaction rate scaled in proportion to the solid-to-liquid ratio. Doubling the amount of biocatalyst yielded twice the productivity. Thus, you really are getting your money's worth, utilizing the material to its fullest.



Temperature & pressure

Our laboratory kits are compatible with temperatures from -70 °C to +230 °C. Simply connect the cooling/heating jacket of the glass reactor to your thermal circulator using the hose connections. Whether you are running the reaction at a lower temperature to preserve catalyst stability, or heating fiercely to increase activity and reduce viscosity, the reactor system can accommodate your needs. The systems can also be placed under vacuum, achieving pressures as low as 10 mbar, helping with evaporation of unwanted water or other volatiles.



Staying agile with modular equipment

SpinChem's rotating bed reactors, with their proven flexibility, give you the capability to respond to new opportunities on any scale. The RBR S3 Plus is our most flexible rotating bed reactor for laboratory use. Made from two stacked rotating bed reactors, the S3 Plus quickly converts to a single RBR S3 for use with smaller liquid volumes. When used in the dedicated glass reactor system, this yields an operating range of 250 - 1500 mL of liquid and 0 - 140 mL of solids.



Discover the limitless potential of your laboratory with a rotating bed reactor. Experience the flexibility and efficiency of a reactor that can adapt to any project requirements, no matter the liquid volume or solid loading.

Contact us and we will help you reach your processing goals today, and in the future.

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