Photochemistry

Many aspects of the fundamental principles behind photochemistry have been elaborated, but its potential as synthetic tool is underdeveloped and remains as such merely a curiosity in industrial practice. Most chemical conversions indeed are based on thermal energy, using aggressive conditions with reactive (and often toxic) chemicals. Such approach undoubtedly mismatches with the principles of green chemistry, the latter which aims at sustainable processes with low environmental burden. From this perspective, photochemistry features significant advantages to thermal chemistry, including favorable atom economy, lack of reagents (except for photons), high selectivity, and access to deep-seated chemical conversions.

EcoSynth aims at the valorization of photochemistry as full-grown alternative for new or existing chemical processes with particular attention for optimizing energy consumption and for substitution of solvents by renewable alternatives.

As the full implementation of photochemistry in industry was still hampered by the lack of scaleability, Ecosynth has developed the proprietary HANU-reactor which has several unique features such as the independence of the mixing intensity of the flow rate, a linear scaleability and a large customisation potential. More info about the HANU-reactor and the COSTA-technology in general can be found on the web site of Creaflow.

 
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