I’ve heard of flow chemistry but I don’t really understand how it works? How is it different to traditional chemistry?
Thanks for the question!
Though it goes by a number of names – “plug flow chemistry”, “microchemistry”, and “continuous flow chemistry” – the principles of flow chemistry are the same.
Flow chemistry is the process of performing chemical reactions in a tube, capillary or microstructured device (a flow reactor). Reactive components are pumped first through a mixing device (e.g. a t-junction or a static mixer) and then flowed down a temperature-controlled flow reactor. It’s a radically different approach from the traditional chemistry method of performing reactions in glass flasks or jacketed reactors.