How many nanometers should nanoparticles of a catalyst be to optimize the course of the reaction?
At the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, a qualitatively new technique was developed to improve the process of such optimization in microfluidic systems.
Due to its simplicity and efficiency, this innovative technique should soon be used in the research on the new catalysts for the pharmaceutical and perfumery industries, among others.
"Flow catalysis is becoming more and more popular because it leads to the intensification of processes important for the industry.
By electrolysis of water, the selected microreactor could supply hydrogen, necessary for the hydrogenation of chemical compounds in the flowing liquid, to the catalyst bed.
It consists of grains of polymeric resin covered with nickel nanoparticles.