Flow chemistry is an excellent method for reaction profiling and optimisation, particularly prior to scale up. Reagents are combined in a T-shaped mixer which allows diffusion across a short distance and promotes rapid and controlled mixing. The resulting laminar flow provides for excellent reproducibility. The reactions take place in microchannels which promote excellent heat and mass transfer.
The high reproducibility of results, coupled with short processing times, allows rapid exploration of a range of reaction conditions, making flow chemistry an idea research tool.
Other benefits of flow chemistry over traditional chemistry systems include: