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Accelerated Chemical Reactions in Solution with Solvent Recycling and Electrostatic Product

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Project TitleAccelerated Chemical Reactions in Solution with Solvent Recycling and Electrostatic Product
Track Code2017-COOK-67629
Websitehttp://otc-prf.org/
Short Description

R. Graham Cooks

Purdue Chemistry

Aston Labs

Abstract
 
Tagschemical engineering, chemical synthesis, Chemistry and Chemical Analysis, Electrostatic Precipitation
 
Posted DateSep 14, 2017 9:32 AM

Researcher

Name
Robert Graham Cooks

Accelerated Chemical Reactions in Solution with Solvent Recycling and Electrostatic Product

Background

Many chemical reactions occur at rates too slow to be of any practical value. Alternate reaction mechanisms are often used, but can be time consuming, produce unwanted byproducts, or involve expensive reagents. In many organic chemical reactions, the solvent used to facilitate the reaction is lost.

Technology Summary

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a system to expedite chemical reactions by carrying out the reaction in microdroplets. In this process, microdroplets of reactants are created by pneumatic sprays, the reaction rapidly occurs, and the product microdroplets are collected using an electrostatic precipitator. This system allows the unreacted microdroplets and solvent to be collected and resprayed until the reaction is complete. This system allows reactions that were previously impractical due to reaction times and/or expensive reagents to be quickly, simply, and cleanly carried out.

Advantages

  • Reaction occurs much faster
  • Reactant and solvent waste reduced
  • Simple process

Potential Applications

  • Mass spectrometry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Laboratory experiments

Stage of Development

Concept validated through theory, simulation, or models

Web Links

For additional information, please contact otcip@prf.org.

Intellectual Property

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
None None Utility United States