First Open House attracted many visitors / Success story will be continued
On April 14, 2016, Fraunhofer ICT-IMM hosted its first Flow Chemistry Demonstration Workshop at the institute in Mainz to a group of more than 50 invited industrial attendees.
After a warm welcome and opening remarks by institute director Prof. Dr. Michael Maskos, the morning was occupied with talks. One of these was given by the key note lecturer Prof. Dr. Jaap Schouten from the Technical University Eindhoven. This was followed by a tandem lecture by Dr. Thomas Rehm from Fraunhofer ICT-IMM and Dr. Susanne Riegel from Nanalysis Corp. showcasing an example of a very successful industrial cooperation. The session was concluded by the Deputy Head of the Energy and Chemical technology Department Dr. Patrick Löb highlighting the history of flow chemistry at Fraunhofer ICT-IMM.
The second half of the day was full of action: eight different set-ups were in operation performing actual chemical processes live. Showcased were reactive intermediate synthesis exemplified through a Grignard reagent, nanoencapsulation, photochemistry and inline NMR, hydrogenation, nanoparticle synthesis exemplified through quantum dots, and a set-up representing the higher throughput reactors developed recently at Fraunhofer ICT-IMM to allow a true continuous development chain from the laboratory into production.
The positive feedback from the event will be used and channeled into the preparations for a successful new edition of the event in the near future. “We definitely will transfer the successful concept of this day to the other branches of the institute”, Prof. Maskos points out.