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Microchemical Engineering in Practice

ISBN: 978-0-470-23956-8
487 pages
June 2009
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Microchemical Engineering in Practice provides the information chemists and engineers need to evaluate the use of microreactors, covering the technical, operational, and economic considerations for various applications. It explains the systems needed to use microreactors in production and presents examples of microreactor use in different chemistries, including larger scale production processes. There are guidelines on calculating the costs and the risks of production using continuous flow microreactors. Complete with case studies, this is an essential guide for chemists and engineers interested in investigating the advantages of chemical microreactors.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction (Thomas Dietrich).

1.1 The Impact of Micro-Technologies in Chemical Processing (Jean F. Jenck).

Chapter 2: Microfluidic Modules.

2.1 Materials and Production Technology.

2.1.1 Micro-reactors built of metallic materials (Frank N. Herbstritt).

2.1.2 Microreactors built of insulating materials (Norbert Schwesinger and Andreas Freitag).

2.2 Unit Operations.

2.2.1: Micromixers (Joölle Aubin and Catherine Xuereb).

2.2.2. Micro-Channel Heat Exchangers and Reactors (Mark George Kirby and Svend Rumbold).

2.2.3. Separation Units (Asterios Gavriilidis and John Edward Andrew Shaw).

2.3 Calculations and Simulations (Dieter Bothe).

Chapter 3: Peripheric Equipment.

3.1. Dosage Equipment (Asif Karim and Wolfgang Loth).

3.2 Micromachined sensors for microreactors (Jan Dziuban).

3.3 Automating Micro Process Systems (Thomas Mller-Heinzerling).

Chapter 4: Microreaction Plants.

4.1 Strategies for lab scale development (Dirk Kischneck).

4.2. Microreaction Systems for Education (Marcel A. Liauw and Dina E. Treu).

4.3 Microreaction Systems for Large-Scale Production (Anna Lee Y. Tonkovich and Eric A. Daymo).

4.4 Process intensification (Michael Matlosz and Ing. Hab. Laurent Falk).

4.5 Standardisation in Micro Process Engineering (Alexis Bazzanella).

Chapter 5: Applications.

5.1 Polymerization in Microfluidic Reactors (Eugenia Kumacheva, Hong Zhang, and Zhihong Nie).

5.2. Photo Reactions (Teijiro Ichimura, Yoshihisa Matsushita, Kosaku Sakeda, Tadashi Suzuki).

5.3 Intensification of catalytic process by micro-structured reactors: opportunities and limits (Kiwi Minsker and Albert Renken).

5.4 Separation Units (Bernd Nidetzky and Malene S. Thomsen).

5.5 Multiphase Reactions (J.G.E. (Han) Gardeniers).

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Author Information

THOMAS R. DIETRICH, PhD, is founder and Chief Executive Officer of mikroglas chemtech GmbH, a company producing chemical microreactors and microreaction equipment. In addition to being an author in several journals and a lecturer at conferences, Dr. Dietrich is a leading member of several international organizations, including the DECHEMA industry consortium MicroChemTec (Germany), the Process Development Division group on microchemical engineering within AIChE (USA), and the advisory board of the Centro de Microprocesos at the Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico).

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