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Monday, 27 March 2023

08:00

Conference Registration, Morning Coffee, and Tea in the Exhibit Hall

09:00

Paul WattsConference Chair

Welcome and Introduction to the Emerging Themes in Flow Chemistry by Conference Chairperson. Presentation Title: Continuous Flow API Synthesis in Africa
Paul Watts, Distinguished Professor and Research Chair, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Africa has many companies that formulate medicines, however all the active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) are imported; this results in increased drug costs, making medications unaffordable to many patients in Africa.  To this effect, we are working on developing local drug manufacturing capacity in Africa using continuous flow technology, with the goal of lowering the cost of drugs, improving drug accessibility and ultimately improving Africa’s health. A selection of examples will be presented.

09:30

C. Oliver KappeKeynote Presentation

Scaling Photochemistry Using Continuous-Flow Technology
C. Oliver Kappe, Professor and Scientific Director, Center for Continuous Flow Synthesis and Processing, University of Graz, Austria

Within the synthetic chemistry community, photochemistry has made significant recent impact, with a plethora of novel transformations reported. These take place by irradiation of: the substrate directly; an in situ-generated charge transfer complex; or a metal or organic photocatalyst. The implementation of synthetic photochemistry can already begin to meet the aims of green chemistry through two main principles: a) performing known disconnections under milder conditions, by using photons as a mild and traceless reagent to activate otherwise benign starting materials; b) enabling entirely new disconnections, which can complete target-oriented syntheses in fewer steps, for significant savings in resources, time, energy and waste.

Photochemistry in batch is generally limited by poor light penetration, therefore, scaling up to larger batch reactors is generally impractical. Performing photochemistry in continuous flow has been demonstrated as a widely suitable method to perform photochemical reactions on larger scales. ,  In this presentation a number of illustrative examples of flow photochemistry from our laboratories using different light sources and reactor technologies will be discussed, with special emphasis given to handling solids in flow and the synthesis of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs).

10:00

Emulsion Polymerization in Ultrasonic Microreactors
Simon Kuhn, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, KU Leuven Belgium, Belgium

Polymeric dispersions have broad applications in adhesives, coatings, catalyst support, encapsulation, and drug delivery. One approach is the generation of miniemulsions (50nm<d<1000nm) and subsequent polymerization to synthesize polymer nanoparticles that can achieve the desired size and morphology for targeting a specific application. Ultrasonic microreactors have proven to be effective in the generation of miniemulsions, although with a high polydispersity (PDI > 0.3). To address this issue, an ultrasonic microreactor was developed, which enables the generation of a monodisperse miniemulsion (PDI < 0.3) to synthesize polymer nanoparticles. This ultrasonic microreactor consists of serpentine channels with a square cross-section of 1.2 mm in borosilicate glass with a piezoelectric plate transducer attached to one side. The miniemulsion created by the cavitation activity in the ultrasonic microreactor is then fed into a temperature controlled (75°C) coiled loop reactor for the continuous polymerization of monomer droplets. Specifically, we study the cross-linking polymerization of butyl methacrylate, for which the continuous phase is water with a surfactant (Lutensol AT50), and the dispersed phase consists of the monomer butyl methacrylate, the cross-linking agent ethyl glycol dimethacrylate, the costabilizer hexadecane and the thermal initiator AIBN. Preliminary results highlight the performance of the developed system. For a dispersed to continuous volumetric flow rate ratio of 1:4, residence time of 4 min at a US frequency and power of 47kHz and 15W, particles with a mean hydrodynamic diameter of 94 nm and PDI of 0.15 were obtained. The influence of the operating parameters (load power, frequency, surfactant concentration, flow rate ratio and residence time) on the size of the miniemulsion droplets and to control the final particle size will be discussed in detail.

10:30

Morning Coffee and Tea Break and Networking in the Exhibit Hall

11:00

Stoli ChemImpossible Flow Chemistry Examples in Multi-CSTR Cascades
Nikolay Cherkasov, Managing Director, Stoli Chem

Flow chemistry is excellent but everyone knows the limitations such as handling solids. Other limitations are implied and come from an interplay of parameters – the fluid velocity determines residence time, pressure drop, and mixing/heat transfer. CSTR cascades provide rapid mixing even at slow fluid feed rate. They could keep solids suspended and handle gas excess. We discuss examples that demonstrates the benefits of CSTRs.

11:30

AM TechnologyHeterogeneous Catalytic Hydrogenations in Flow – Obstacles, Methods, and Scale-Up Considerations
Joshua Trenchard, Chemical Engineer, AM Technology

Continuous flow manufacturing offers several benefits to the chemical industry such as: reducing carbon footprint by reducing process energy requirements and waste generation; re-shoring production to strengthen supply chains; and increasing existing process plant productive capacity. Across the industry, there is a high prevalence of heterogeneous catalytic hydrogenations with 10% of all chemical processes falling into this reaction category. It is therefore vital that a continuous flow solution at scale has the ability to perform such reactions in order to be industrially relevant. Solids handling in continuous flow reactors, however, poses significant challenges at low volume scales, hindering process development of heterogenous reactions in flow despite relative ease in higher throughput systems. A key parameter in slurry handling is the fluid velocity at which the slurry travels through the system. At higher throughputs when handling slurries, fluid velocities can be maintained far above sedimentation velocities whilst maintaining multiple orders of magnitude between particle size and line size. As throughput decreases, slurry and suspension dosing becomes a balancing act between sedimentation, where fluid velocity is no longer sufficient to maintain a homogenous mixture, and bridging, where particles in small bore lines accumulate into a cross-sectional layer rapidly leading to a blockage. An alternative option to continuous addition of catalyst is immobilisation within a flow reactor. This option allows the user to overcome the handling issues observed with heterogenous chemistry in flow, but presents fresh technical challenges, for example decreasing catalyst activity over time, and operational disturbances from catalyst changeover becoming increasingly complex with scale up. AM Technology has designed, developed, and tested multiphase handling solutions for both low flowrate slurry handling alongside immobilisation methods for application within the Coflore reactor range, ensuring a viable process irrespective of solids properties and throughput. Here we outline examples of both slurry feed and immobilisation in the Coflore ACR, exploring the benefits and drawbacks when applied to the behaviour of a continuous reactor. Also discussed are the consequential effects on upstream and downstream processing, equipment requirements, and unit operations. As no two slurries behave the same, and no two reactions are identical, we will discuss the importance of continuous flow equipment versatility, enabling process intensification through multiphase processing as well as process reliability through immobilisation.

12:00

Automated Multi-Step Synthesis of Libraries for Drug Discovery in Flow
Javier Mazuela, Chemical Technologies Scientist, Janssen Research & Development, Spain

The development of flow platforms for automated synthesis of libraries would enable an efficient synthesis of lead molecules by rapidly exploring a wide chemical space for drug discovery. Here we describe the technologies implemented by Janssen in this field.

12:30

Continuous Cascade ChemoEnzymatic Reactions
Rodrigo de Souza, Associate Professor, Federal University of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Chemistry has over the decades been able to develop very complex transformations to produce multifunctional molecules. Despite these important advances, we are still using round bottom flasks and batch reactors to perform such transformations as 200 years ago. We are under a continuous-manufacturing transformation where technology will play a major role on the chemistry industry in the next years. The flow chemistry market reached $1.2 billion in 2018 and is expected to value $2.9 billions by the year of 2026, with a solid 11.3% CAGR. As the time flow synthesis can squeeze buildings for batch facilities under a portable container sized solution, the advantage using this type of production is becoming more and more evident. The inherent capacity of flow chemistry to reduce CAPEX and operational costs to a fraction, and to speed up processes and the suitability to take advantage on fully automated facilities, can lead flow chemistry towards a safer, cleaner and cheaper future than batch processing. Flow chemistry technology represents today, not only a bright future for chemical synthesis, but also represents an opportunity for the development of continuous cascades where chemical and enzymatic catalysts can work together towards more efficient process. During the last years our group has focused efforts on the development of chemo and enzymatic methodologies towards the synthesis of fine chemicals, intermediates and final APIs, which are important for the chemical industry in Brazil. Several examples will be shown, some of them featuring cascade chemo-enzymatic reactions, on the synthesis of levetiracetam, ethambutol, crizotinib, donepezil, among others.

13:00

Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall -- Meet Exhibitors and Engage Over Lunch


Session Title: Sustainable Flow Chemistry

14:00

Flow Chemistry: A Sustainable Strategy for the Synthesis of Bio-based Chemicals
Christophe Len, Professor, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France

The concepts of sustainable development, bio-economy and circular economy are increasingly being applied to the synthesis of molecules of industrial interest. Among these molecules, furfural and glycerol as platform molecules are the subject of various research approaches to improve their transformation for the production of molecules of interest. Due to the current momentum in promoting green chemistry for sustainable development, chemists have recently established catalytic reactions based on alternative technologies such as continuous flow.

The present study showed recent breakthroughs obtained in the continuous production of furfural and glycerol derivatives starting from either biomass or carbohydrate in the presence of homogeneous catalysts and heterogeneous catalysts. Various reaction parameters in dependence of time such as temperature, catalyst and feedstock loadings as well as solvent types have been optimized. Conception, synthesis and physico-chemical properties will be detailed.

14:30

Greening Considerations for Continuous Flow Chemistry
Christian Stevens, Senior Full Professor, Ghent University, Belgium

The lecture will cover several important aspects for the transition to a more sustainable flow chemistry. The importance will be discussed for telescoping of reactions.

15:00

Sustainable Chemical Synthesis of High Added-Value Compounds from Renewable Sources in Flow Regime
Julio Cezar Pastre, Associate Professor, University of Campinas – UNICAMP, Brazil

Raw materials from renewable sources, as well as agro-industrial waste, represent an attractive source of useful chemical functionalities. Our research group has already identified continuous flow processing as a fundamental technology for the valorization of such materials. Flow chemistry offers unique opportunities for the conversion of biomass derivatives into chemical compounds with higher-added value, since it brings numerous advantages in terms of unique process experience, scalability, and reduced environmental footprint. In this context, we will present our efforts for the synthesis of platform molecules (such as furanics) and new chemicals (monomers, nitrogenated aromatics) from biomass derivatives.

15:30

Mid-Afternoon Coffee and Tea Break and Networking in the Exhibit Hall

16:00

New Synthetic Methodologies Based on Organometallic Flow Chemistry
Renzo Luisi, Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Bari, Italy

In the field of enabling technologies, the potential of flow chemistry for developing sustainable synthetic processes as well as for accessing new chemical space exploiting the reactivity of highly unstable intermediates is nowadays widely recognized. In this lecture the use of organolithiums, halocarbenoids, strained heterocycles and overlooked sulfur functional groups will be discussed jointly to the key role of flow technology and flash chemistry in the development of modern synthetic strategies. The outperformance of flow technology with respect to batch processing will be central in this discussion.

16:30

Integrating 3D Printing and Virtual Reality into Continuous Flow Chemistry
Stephen Hilton, Associate Professor, University College London School of Pharmacy, United Kingdom

In this talk we will describe our research into continuous flow chemistry using 3D printing and Virtual Reality and demonstrate how these two key technologies are able to improve access to continuous flow chemistry. We will discuss recent developments in the group into low-cost flow equipment and its application in both research and undergraduate education. Finally we will describe how VR can be used to provide easy access to continuous flow training.

17:00

Additive Manufacturing as a Leading-Edge Technology for Tailor-Made Flow Chemistry Equipment
Heidrun Gruber-Wölfler, Associate Professor, Graz University of Technology, Austria

As the complexity of required setups increases, improvements in the (multistep) synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) demand executing reactions and downstream processes in specially designed equipment. The use of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is chosen for producing specialized reactors and other equipment at competitive prices in order to respond quickly to the demanding requirements in pharmaceutical production. This work provides several instances of 3D printed devices used for the analysis, synthesis, and crystallization of API precursors in continuous flow, including flow reactors and analytical instruments. Different materials and production methods will be presented based on the specific chemistry and targeted process. For reactions requiring harsh conditions, selective laser melting (SLM) from stainless steel was utilized, while for applications requiring milder reaction conditions, digital light processing (DLP) was employed, using a UV-curable resin. The stainless-steel reactors are tested for use in a calorimeter for continuous flow measurements, the aerobic oxidation of Grignard reagents by molecular oxygen, the analysis of ammonia in organic solvents, obtaining quick mixing in a multistep synthesis of a valsartan precursor, and more. Additionally, we show ceramic structured inserts that were conceptualized in-house, printed using vat photopolymerization (VPP), and utilized for the decarboxylation of cinnamic acids using an immobilized enzyme. Lastly, UV-curable resins-based lab-scale crystallizers modeled after industrial crystallizers will be presented. The solutions presented here demonstrate the benefits of 3D printing in continuous applications, such as flow calorimetry, biocatalytic reactions and continuous crystallization, showcasing excellent productivity and flexibility to the process requirements.

17:30

Flow Photochemistry as a Greener Approach for the Synthesis of Drugs and Drug-Like Scaffolds
Marcus Baumann, Assistant Professor, School of Chemistry, University College Dublin, Ireland

This talk will highlight recent studies geared at the greener preparation of drugs and their building blocks exploiting photochemical approaches as the key step. The use of light to drive chemical reactions is highly attractive as photons are traceless reagent equivalents whose energy can be tuned via their wavelength. The presented studies exploit modern continuous flow reactor technology to overcome challenges commonly encountered with chemical synthesis such as safety, efficiency, and standardization. Moreover, we demonstrate how both known photochemical reactions as well as novel transformations can be developed and exploited in flow mode. The ability to use light-driven reactions for the generation of drugs and their precursors in tandem with continuous processing is a very attractive approach to generate these species at low cost, at various scales and with minimal amounts of chemical waste which contributes to modern sustainable chemistry.

18:00

Network Reception with Dutch Beers -- Network and Engage with Colleagues and Exhibitors

19:00

Close of Day 1 Main Conference Programming

Tuesday, 28 March 2023

08:00

Mid-Morning Coffee, Tea and Networking in the Exhibit Hall

09:00

Anita MaguireKeynote Presentation

Telescoping the Synthesis and Reactions of Alpha-Diazocarbonyl Compounds in Flow
Anita Maguire, Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University College Cork, Ireland

While alpha-diazocarbonyl compounds are extremely versatile intermediates in organic synthesis, enabling a wide range of powerful synthetic transformations under relatively mild conditions,  their use at scale is limited by safety concerns, in particular in relation to potentially hazardous precursors such as sulfonyl azides or diazoalkanes. Generation of sulfonyl azides in flow and their use in diazo transfer to form a wide range of alpha-diazocarbonyl compounds has been demonstrated through a range of protocols depending on the substrate structure. Furthermore, the successful telescoping of these steps with subsequent transformations including enantioselective transition metal catalysed reactions has been demonstrated. Thus, the synthetic potential of alpha-diazocarbonyl compounds can be accessed without isolating or handling either the sulfonyl azide or the alpha-diazocarbonyl compound.

09:30

Thomas WirthKeynote Presentation

Accelerating Biphasic Biocatalysis Through Continuous Flow
Thomas Wirth, Professor, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Process intensification through continuous flow reactions has increased the production rates of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Product generation in segmented flow systems is significantly faster than in traditional batch reactors, which is exemplified in high yield esterifications and in the sesquiterpene cyclase-catalyzed synthesis of sesquiterpenes from farnesyl diphosphate as high-value natural products with applications in medicine, agriculture and the fragrance industry. Product release in sesquiterpene synthases is rate limiting due to the hydrophobic nature of sesquiterpenes, but a biphasic system allows for highly efficient reactions. Results on enzyme immobilization and applications of this strategy towards the synthesis of artemisinin are also shown.

10:00

Continuous Flow Technologies: A Powerful Tool for the (Organ)Photocatalytic Synthesis of Chiral Molecules
Maurizio Benaglia, Full Professor of Organic Chemistry, Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

The use of enabling technologies and continuous-flow systems are becoming more and more important in the synthesis of chiral APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients). The combination of organocatalysis and photochemistry can give access in one-step to molecules, which would otherwise be difficult to attain. Examples of asymmetric organocatalyzed photochemical reactions translated into continuous flow are rare. An efficient continuous flow photoredox reactor, that was incorporated as one unit of operation into the first fully telescoped, continuous asymmetric catalytic synthesis of a privileged API will be presented. A visible light catalyzed cyclization of bis(enones) to afford enantiomerically enriched cyclopentane rings, the use of packed-bed reactors in light-driven reactions and a continuous flow approach to access alpha-trifluoromethylthiolated esters and amides starting from commercially available arylacetic acids will be also described, as well as in-flow on water ultrafast organic transformations.

10:30

Mid-Morning Coffee, Tea and Networking in the Exhibit Hall

11:00

Flow Chemistry Under Non-Conventional Energy Sources
Giancarlo Cravotto, Professor, University of Torino, Italy

In the last three decades, organic chemists have paid much more attention to reaction kinetics and have tested various non-conventional techniques to improve the reaction outcome. The transition from batch to continuous-flow synthetic processes is one of the most important advances in the fine chemicals and pharmaceutical industries. The high complexity and functionalization of APIs usually requires many synthetic steps with workup and purification, which affects the overall yield. This communication summarizes the key technologies and energy sources to promote continuous flow chemical reactions, improving mixing, dissolution and heating, simplifying workup and downstream steps such as sonocrystallization. Excellent heat transfer is observed with dielectric and ohmic heating, while efficient mass transfer occurs with ultrasound and hydrodynamic cavitation. Ad hoc tailored reactors are required depending on the necessary energy and residence time.

11:30

Advances in the Development of Synthetic Flow Methodologies Mediated by Single-Atom Catalysts
Gianvito Vilé, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

The talk will present our recent advances in the development of continuous-flow photoredox C-O coupling and Ullman C-C coupling reactions mediated by heterogeneous single-atom catalysis. We will also present the development of new tools to nanostructure the catalyst in a flow microreactor, in order to enhance mass transfer and light irradiation.

12:00

Francesca ParadisiKeynote Presentation

Successes and Challenges of Biocatalysis in Continuous Flow
Francesca Paradisi, Professor of Pharmaceutical and Bioorganic Chemistry, University of Bern, Switzerland

Flow chemistry has allowed many industrial processes to be carried out in continuous mode, with higher efficiency and automation. Biocatalysis has caught up with this technique and several examples have been reported in the literature in the last decade. However, the complexity of multi-enzymatic processes in the absence of cellular regulation, has limited their applications to some chemo-enzymatic synthesis, and just a few fully enzymatic processes have been implemented. Among others, the cofactor requirements of redox enzymes, the stability of the biocatalyst, and efficiency of the biotransformations, must be thoroughly optimised. Here an overview of the progress in our lab will be presented, including insights and hurdles which are sometimes unexpected when a reaction is moved from batch to flow.

12:30

Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall -- Visit Exhibitors and View Posters

14:00

Biocatalyst Immobilization in Microreactors
Polona Žnidaršic Plazl, Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

The efficient immobilization of enzymes and cells in miniaturized devices offers great opportunities to improve the stability of biocatalysts and to intensify biocatalytic processes. Recent achievements of the Microprocess Engineering Research Group from University of Ljubljana in selected biocatalytic processes in microbioreactors will be presented. These include the preparation of stable enzyme nanoaggregates using microfluidic devices, the use of hydrogels and nanomaterials, and magnetic particles for biocatalyst immobilization.

14:30

Merging Fundamental and Applied Research for Process Intensification
Jean-Christophe Monbaliu, Professor, Center for Integrated Technology and Organic Synthesis, University of Liège, Belgium

This presentation summarizes a successful partnership with a pharmaceutical company toward the intensified production of an advanced pharmaceutical intermediate. I will specifically illustrate a synergistic approach combining in silico chemistry and process development.

15:00

Mid-Afternoon Coffee and Tea Break and Networking in the Exhiibt Hall

15:30

Towards Big Data in Flow Chemistry: Popularity Trends and Best Practices
Maarten Dobbelaere, PhD Candidate, Ghent University, Belgium

A literature-based flow chemistry database, suitable for machine learning applications, is created. This database allows to compare flow data with existing reaction databases and formulates best practices to enable efficient machine learning for flow chemistry.

16:00

Continuous Flow Synthesis of Coumarins and Flavones
Sandiso Ngwenya, PhD Student, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Investigating a cost-effective, one-step protocol that can be utilized for the synthesis of Coumarins and Flavones, antioxidants from natural sources that provide new possibilities for the treatment and prevention of UV-mediated diseases, using microreactor technology.

16:30

An Automated Sequential Flow Platform for Multi-step Chemical Processes
Maël Arveiler, Ph.D. Student, IRCP ENSCP-PSL and Sanofi Aventis R&D, France

An original flow chemistry platform has been designed, developed, and validated for multi-step processes, including reactions, liquid-liquid extractions, and phase separations. The processes are automated via computer control and sequential micro-dispensers, requiring much less hardware than conventional flow setups.

17:00

Volker HesselKeynote Presentation

Flow Synthesis of Phosphorus Composites for Enhancing P Availability in Soil
Volker Hessel, Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Australia

Microfluidic devices operated in continuous-flow, due to their high surface-to-volume ratio, good mixing, etc. enhance the mass transfer coefficient, reduce waste, and provide more benefits. The complexity of the synthesis of composite nanomaterials makes it a good test case for such advanced engineering. In this context, a composite P fertilizer is prepared by a coiled flow inverter (CFI).
The reaction was based on the precipitation of Ca2+ and PO43- in an alkaline media with the presence of citrate ions and was conducted as 1-stage synthesis with all solutions injected simultaneously into the CFI. Downstream, a feed containing a chitosan solution was incorporated to form the chitosan-phosphorus-citrate composite. The prepared composites were tested for enhancing the chosen performance parameters: available P in soil and P nutrient use efficiency, including practical glasshouse tests with a wheat variety used by Australian farmers. We also test with industrial flow reactors (Corning Advanced Flow) and with industrial continuous-flow stirred reactors (StoliChem).

Citrate ions play an important role in the fertiliser efficiency of the composite, which motivates to increase the citrate capacity in the final product. The presence of chitosan improves the citrate capacity up to 3 times compared to that without chitosan. At the application rate of 25 kg P/ha, after 14 days of incubation in soil, the prepared material increased the available P in soil by 3 times compared to the control (no fertilizer). Also, the P nutrient use efficiency was 63% while that of a chosen commercial product was 55%. In the soil column experiment, the presence of chitosan in the prepared material allowed the phosphate ion to be released in a more stable manner and reduced nutrient leaking by 50% compared to the commercial product after 23 days.


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