Sustainable Chemicals

Empower your R&D to make your existing products and process technologies more circular and sustainable

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Sustainable chemicals are needed to reduce dependence on fossil feedstocks for chemicals, materials and fuels, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout production chains. 

In the chemical conversions from biomass to sustainable chemical building blocks a lot of R&D is needed to find competitive solutions that might replace fossil-based chemicals. If we want to compete with fossil feedstocks, the processes must be optimized further, or new processes and catalysts must be developed to create successful alternatives.  

We help you with chemical conversions towards sustainable chemical building blocks: 

  • Accurately compare catalysts and operating conditions for tertiary conversions of sustainable feeds 
  • Accelerate R&D and testing of catalysts 
  • Testing real-life operating conditions at small scale based on existing application/ chemistry expertise 
  • Removal or react contaminants from feed 

    At Avantium R&D Solutions we offer unconventional and cutting-edge R&D solutions to make your ambitions come true.

    Are you interested in how we could empower your R&D to make your existing products and process technologies more circular and sustainable?

    See what we offer :

    Batchington

    Accelerate your R&D screening and optimization experiments with this parallel high-pressure reactor system

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    Flowrence Products

    High Throughput Systems to Accelerate Your Catalyst R&D.

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    Custom-made Units

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    Contract R&D

    Accelerate Your Catalyst R&D With the World’s Most Advanced High Throughput Technology.

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    Flowrence® products specifications

    Reactor Section

    Easy and quick reactor exchange system. Possibility to use quartz reactors at high pressure.

    1 block of 4 reactors

    HT = High Temperature max. 800°C nominal, limited to 925°C (<0.5°C reactor to reactor deviation)

    4 blocks of 4 reactors

    HT  or MT = Medium Temperature max. 525°C (<0.5°C block-to-block deviation)

    16 reactors with iRTC

    individual Reactor Temperature Control
    max. 550°C (<0.5°C reactor-to-reactor)

    4 reactors with iRTC

    individual Reactor Temperature Control
    max. 550°C (<0.5°C reactor-to-reactor)

    Temperature Ranges (°C)

    100 – 800°C
    up 925°C (Option)

    50 – 525°C
    100 – 800°C
    up 925°C (Option)

    50 – 550°C

    50 – 550°C

    Reactor Types

    L= Length
    OD= Outer Diameter
    ID= Inner Diameter
    SS= Stainless Steel (< 550⁰C)
    Qz= Quartz (< 925⁰C)

    L 300 mm 561 mm
    OD 3 mm 6 mm
    ID SS 2 / 2.6 mm 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 mm
    ID Qz 2 mm 2 / 4 mm
    300 mm 561 mm 561 mm
    3 mm 3 mm 6 mm
    2 / 2.6 mm 2 / 2.6 mm 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 mm
    2 mm 2 mm 2 / 4 mm
    561 mm
    3 mm
    2 / 2.6 mm
    2 mm
    561 mm
    3 mm
    2 / 2.6 mm
    2 mm

    Maximum Catalyst Bed Length

    (isothermal zone tolerance ± 1°C)
    Note: isothermal length is dependent on the temperature range

    300 / 3 HT 561 / 6 HT
    >120 mm @ 450°C >200 mm @ 500°C
    >90 mm @ 800°C >150 mm @ 800°C
    >140 mm @ 925°C
    300 / 3 HT 561 / 3 MT 561 / 6 HT
    >120 mm @ 450°C >310 mm @ 450°C >200 mm @ 500°C
    >90 mm @ 800°C >150 mm @ 800°C
    >140 mm @ 925°C
    561 / 3 MT iRTC
    250°C ±0.5°C 41cm (4reactors)
    350°C±0.5°C 38cm (4reactors)
    550°C±0.5°C 28cm (4reactors)
    3 reactors at 550°C, 1 reactor 350°C:
    550°C=27cm 350°C=41cm ±0.5°C
    561 / 3 MT iRTC
    250°C ±0.5°C 41cm (4reactors)
    350°C±0.5°C 38cm (4reactors)
    550°C±0.5°C 28cm (4reactors)
    3 reactors at 550°C, 1 reactor 350°C:
    550°C=27cm 350°C=41cm ±0.5°C

    Catalyst Volume (mL)

    (isothermal zone)

    0.2 - 0.6 mL 0.4 - 2.0 mL
    0.2 - 0.6 mL 0.4 - 1.0 mL 0.4 - 2.0 mL
    0.4 - 1.0 mL
    0.4 - 1.0 mL

    Pressure Ranges (barg)

    2 – 80 barg
    0.5 – 180 barg (option)

    2 – 100 barg
    0.5 – 180 barg

    2 – 80 barg
    0.5 – 180 barg

    2 – 20 barg
    2 – 50 barg (option)

    Reactor Pressure Control

    Advanced control RSD ±0.1 barg at reference conditions (gas phase only and 20 barg). For trickle flow Advanced control RSD ±0.5barg.

    Standard (±0.5 barg)
    Advanced (±0.1 barg) (option)

    Standard (±0.5 barg)
    Advanced (±0.1 barg) (option)

    Advanced (±0.1 barg)

    Advanced (±0.1 barg)

    Gas Feed Lines

    (#Gas Feeds)

    Up to 6 + Diluent gas

    He, Ar, N2, H2, CH4, CO2, C2H4, C2H6, O2/Inert (≤5%), CO, Other gases

    Up to 7 + Diluent gas

    He, Ar, N2, H2, CH4, CO2, C2H4, C2H6, O2/Inert (≤5%), CO, Other gases

    Up to 7 + Diluent gas

    He, Ar, N2, H2, CH4, CO2, C2H4, C2H6, O2/Inert (≤5%), CO, Other gases

    Up to 6 + Diluent gas

    He, Ar, N2, H2, CH4, CO2, C2H4, C2H6, O2/Inert (≤5%), CO, Other gases

    Online Analysis

    Full integration GC, MS , GC/MS with data visualisation (option)

    Full integration GC, MS , GC/MS with data visualisation

    Full integration GC, MS , GC/MS with data visualisation

    Full integration GC, MS , GC/MS with data visualisation

    Liquid Feed

     Split feeding 8 + 8 reators (option)

    Pump-Coriolis dosing system
    (ambient, cooled)

    Pump-Coriolis dosing system
    (ambient, cooled, heated 80°C)

    Pump-Coriolis dosing system
    (ambient, cooled, heated 80°C)

    Pump-Coriolis dosing system
    (ambient, cooled, heated 80°C)

    Liquid Distribution

    Microfluidic Distribution
    (4-channel glass-chip)

    Microfluidics Distribution
    (4x4-channel glass-chip)
    (16-channel glass-chip)
    Active Liquid Distribution (option)
    (with automatic isolation valves)

    Active Liquid Distribution
    (with automatic isolation valves)

    Microfluidic Distribution
    (4-channel glass-chip)

    Liquid Sampling

    (G/L Separation)

    Parallel liquid sampling (4 x 20ml vials) with sequential on-line gas phase sampling (option)

    Automated liquid sampling (4 rows x 16 vials x 8ml) with sequential on-line gas phase sampling (option)

    Automated liquid sampling (4 rows x 16 vials x 8ml) with sequential on-line gas phase sampling (option)

    Parallel liquid sampling (4 x 20ml vials) with sequential on-line gas phase sampling (option)

    Reactors Effluent Handling

    (Off-line Analysis Connection)

    Full heated circuit up to 180°C with sequential on-line full gas phase sampling (option)

    Full heated circuit up to 200°C with sequential on-line full gas phase sampling

    Full heated circuit up to 200°C with sequential on-line full gas phase sampling

    Full heated circuit up to 200°C with sequential on-line full gas phase sampling

    Offline Analysis

    Integrated Workflow: SimDist, total S/N, liquid density, balance, label printer, barcode (option)

    Integrated Workflow: SimDist, total S/N, liquid density, balance, label printer, barcode

    Integrated Workflow: SimDist, total S/N, liquid density, balance, label printer, barcode

    Integrated Workflow: SimDist, total S/N, liquid density, balance, label printer, barcode

    Waste Handling

    Ambient temperature
    Heated wax trapping (option)

    Ambient temperature / Cooled containers / Heated compartment (wax trapping, heavies)

    Ambient temperature / Cooled containers / Heated compartment (wax trapping, heavies)

    Ambient temperature / Cooled containers / Heated compartment (wax trapping, heavies)

    Safety

    Gas sensors and control box (CO, LEL, VOC)

    Gas sensors and control box (CO, LEL, VOC)

    Gas sensors and control box (CO, LEL, VOC)

    Gas sensors and control box (CO, LEL, VOC)

    Flowrence® Software

    Flowrence® recipe builder, control & database builder

    Flowrence® recipe builder, control & database builder

    Flowrence® recipe builder, control & database builder

    Flowrence® recipe builder, control & database builder

    Microfluidics modular gas distribution

    Unrivalled accuracy in gas distribution with patented glass-chips for 4 and 16 reactors, with a guaranteed flow distribution of 0.5% RSD. Quick exchange of glass-chips for different operating conditions. Flexibility to cover a wide range of applications.

    TinyPressure glass-chip holder with integrated pressure measurement

    Compact modular design for gas and liquid distribution. No high-temperature pressure sensors required. Quick exchange of the microfluidic glass-chips, without the need for time-consuming leak testing.

    Tube-in-tube reactor technology with effluent dilution

    Unique tube-in-tube design with easy and rapid exchange of the reactor tubes (within minutes!). No need for any connections. Use of inert diluent gas (outside of reactor) to maintain the pressure prevents dead volumes and back flow. Possibility to use quartz reactors at high pressure applications.

    Automated liquid sampling system

    Programmable, fully automated liquid product sampling robot for 24/7 hands-off operation. Robot equipped with a compact manifold aiming at depressurizing the effluent immediately after each reactor to atmospheric pressure. Eliminates the use of high pressure valves.

    Reactor Pressure Control (RPC)

    The most accurate and stable pressure regulator for a 16-parallel reactors with just ±0.1bar RSD. The RPC uses microfluidics technology to regulate the pressure of each reactor, maintaining equal distribution of the inlet flow over the 16 reactors.

    Auto-calibrating liquid feed distribution, measurement, and control

    Distribution of difficult feedstocks e.g., VGO, HVGO, DAO. Liquid distribution 0.2% RSD, making it the most accurate liquid distribution device on the market. Option to selectively isolate each reactor.

    Single-Pellet-String-Reactors (SPSR)

    No dead-zones, no bed packing & distribution effects. The catalyst packing is straightforward and does not require special procedures. A single string of catalyst particles is loaded in the reactors avoiding maldistribution, eliminating channeling and incomplete wetting.

    EasyLoad®

    Unique reactor closing system with no connections. Rapid reactor replacement minimizing delays, improving uptime and reliability. Stable evaporation by liquid injection into reactor.

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