Continuous (flow) chemistry case studies into improved process throughput, product quality, and sustainability

Time & Location

Thursday 13.20 to 13.40, Stage 4


Dr Nikolay CherkasovManaging Director - Stoli chem

About this presentation

Could your chemical production benefit from continuous chemistry? Disruption in supply chains, sporadic markets and strong international competition are ongoing trends. The continuous chemical may be a way to flourish in this environment with just-in-time manufacturing, reduced labour costs, and extra ample sustainability benefits. To date, there are major barriers to adopting continuous chemistry, the limited expertise of process chemists, and significant capital costs required for a multipurpose continuous plant. Compared to the batch plants that are multipurpose by nature with familiar operations, continuous equipment handles a narrow range of processes. Hence, a multipurpose continuous plant requires a lot of equipment and staff not only thinking flow, but also trained in handling the multiple pieces of equipment. Addressing the challenges, we have developed a novel multipurpose scalable continuous reactor (SABRe) system containing 10 continuously stirred tank reactor (CSTRs) in a single vessel. The reactor design provides precise control with multifunctionality, the familiarity of the batch with the efficiency of continuous. In the talk, I provide recent case studies where continuous chemistry makes an impact; the benefits and limitations of continuous operation. These are discussed in terms of the tangible benefits (throughput, product quality, etc) as well as in terms of fundamental physical principles.

Speaker Bio:

Nikolay is the Founder and Managing Director of Stoli Chem, a spin-out company of the University of Warwick. Nikolay is an experienced researcher and entrepreneur. He has PhD in Physical Chemistry from Moscow University (Russia) and 50+ peer reviewed research publications. The areas of expertise are heterogeneous catalysis, process development, and continuous chemical manufacturing.