Applications of Flow Microreactors in Electrosynthetic Processes

Chem Rev. 2018 May 9;118(9):4541-4572. doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.7b00353. Epub 2017 Sep 8.


The fundamental advantages and potential benefits of flow microreactor technology include extremely large surface-to-volume ratios, precise control over temperature and residence time, extremely fast molecular diffusion, and increased safety during reactive processes. These advantages and benefits can be applied to a wide range of electrosynthetic techniques, and so the integration of flow microreactors with electrosynthesis has received significant research interest from both academia and industry. This review presents an up-to-date overview of electrosynthetic processes in continuous-flow microreactors. In addition, the advantages of continuous-flow electrochemistry are discussed, along with a thorough comparison of microreactor-based processes and conventional batch reaction systems.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't