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Clariant: center for micro reactor technology is awarded best innovator 2004
Clariant: center for micro reactor technology is awarded “best innovator 2004”
For the Clariant Competence Center Micro Reactor Technology (C3-MRT), Clariant, a globally active, world-leading producer of specialty chemicals, received the “Best Innovator” award in the category “Supporting factors”. It is the second consecutive year that the Swiss company is a winner of this innovation award for the German companies. The field of expertise of the award-winning C3-MRT is micro reactors – miniaturized flow channels ranging between several micrometers and 1 mm in size. To reach the usual throughput of specialty chemical producers of several hundred tons annually, a large number of these flow channels are connected in parallel (“numbering up”), whereas the conventional method increases the reaction volume (“scaling up”). Compared to conventional methods, micro reactor technology has significant advantages. In addition to an increased transfer of material and heat, the modular set-up of micro reactors allows a fast adaptation of the process to the varying requirements of different chemical reactions and a fast screening of reaction parameters such as temperature, residence time, concentration, and more. Also, due to their small reaction volume, micro reactors are viewed as inherently safe installations.