Chemistry & Life Sciences

Flow Chemistry: A Mature Technology still on the Rise

Experts Share Their Opinion on How to Accelerate the Adoption of Continuous Manufacturing across all Industry Sectors

20.04.2020 - The change in many chemical companies’ product portfolio away from commodities to customer-specific specialties is one of the current challenges facing the process industry.

Flow chemistry or milli- and micro reaction technology (MRT) is a platform that can offer enormous advantages in this respect. But MRT has not yet achieved the status in fine chemicals and active ingredient manufacturing that one might expect. What are the reasons for this reluctance?
CHEManager asked executives and industry experts dealing with flow che­m­-
istry so share their opinion on why some industry sectors are so reluctant in adopting continuous production processes. We wanted to know:

  • How would you define the essence of flow chemistry?
  • Which factors are affecting the global flow chemistry market and the implementation of flow chemistry in the industry?
  • Should there be simplified approval procedures for flow chemistry processes or plants, and is the technology sufficiently covered in academic education?

Read the insightful answers of the ­experts here.

Philippe Robin
CEO and co-founder, Alysophil

Shawn Conway
Director of Engineering, Cambrex High Point

André de Vries
Commercial Director, Innosyn

Dirk Kirschneck
CEO, Microinnova

Luigi Vaccaro
Professor, Laboratory of Green Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Dipartimento di Chimica, Biologia e Biotecnologie, Università di Perugia

Duncan Guthrie
Managing Director, Vapourtec

Charlotte Wiles
CEO, Chemtrix