Scaled–up sonochemical microreactor with increased efficiency and reproducibility

B. Verhaagen, Youlin Liu, Andres Galdames Perez, Elena Castro-Hernández, David Fernandez Rivas

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Bubbles created with ultrasound from artificial microscopic crevices can improve energy efficiency values for the creation of radicals; nevertheless it has been conducted so far only under special laboratory conditions. Limited reproducibility of results and poor energy efficiency are constraints for the sonochemistry and ultrasonics community to scale-up applied chemical processes. For the first time, using conventional ultrasonic bath technology, the numbering-up and scale-up of a microfluidic sonochemical reactor has been achieved. Sonochemical effects such as radical production and sonochemiluminescence were intensified by the modification of the inner walls of a novel Cavitation Intensification Bag. While 25 times bigger than the previous microreactor, a reduction of 22 % in standard deviation and an increase of 45.1 % in efficiency compared to bags without pits were obtained. Mechanical effects accompanying bubble collapse lead to two distinct types of erosion marks observed in the bags.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-139
Issue number2
Early online date4 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016


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