VFT's patented fiber reactor technology is a novel chemical reactor design engineered to address some of the challenges faced in two-phase chemistry. In contrast to traditional stirred tanks, fiber reactors significantly reduce the barrier to biphasic chemical reactions by enhancing mass transfer through the creation of unprecedented interfacial surface area while avoiding the formation of emulsions, dispersion bands, or similar hard to separate mixtures. The enhanced surface contact is achieved by pumping any two immiscible reactant solutions through the microchannels of a reactor shell packed with cylindrical micron-sized fibers.

The reduction in the diffusional barriers between the organic and aqueous phases result in multifold increases in reaction rates. The net result is a highly efficient continuous process with excellent kinetics and facile separation of the two layers.

Since the fiber reactor design does not require intensive motorized mixing and agitation, emulsions are avoided, and the separated products phase out the bottom of the reactor with no prolonged separation time required.

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Benefits of Fiber Reactor Technology:

  • Fiber reactors are fully automated, resulting in lower operating costs and higher product quality and equipment reliability.

  • The elimination of high energy inputs and overall reduction of failure points compared to traditional continuous stirred tank reactors.

  • Most reactions can achieve over 90% conversion in the span of minutes compared to hours using traditional methods.

  • The patented fiber reactor design creates a highly efficient and effective environment for liquid liquid extraction.