Industrial chemical molds can be found in many industries from construction to aerospace to pharmaceuticals and more.
The manufacturing process involves mixing various materials with a solvent such as ammonia, oxygen, water, or hydrogen.
The mixture is then heated to temperatures ranging from 250°C (848°F) to 1,200°C/2,000°F (740°F/350°F).
After the mixture cools down, it can be used for various industrial applications.
In this process, the solvent is used to make the chemical.
Chemical molds have been around for centuries, and the ability to produce a chemical mixture that can be heated quickly and efficiently has been a boon for industrial chemicals manufacturers.
This new discovery by a group of researchers at the University College London is a step in the right direction for industrial chemical manufacturing, said lead author Dr. Anupam Vatsa, an assistant professor in the University’s Faculty of Engineering.
“The industrial chemical industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world, and our findings show that chemical manufacturing can be made faster and more efficiently by using simpler and cheaper industrial chemical synthesis technologies,” said Vatsan.
“Our findings suggest that it is not just about being fast and efficient, but also about making it cheaper to make.
In fact, the process may also help us in reducing the cost of manufacturing and reducing environmental impact.”
The researchers are currently conducting a feasibility study to develop new industrial chemical processes, such that they can be scaled up to the scale required for industrial manufacturing. “
In particular, our findings could benefit industrial chemical manufacturers who are currently struggling to meet the increased demand for industrial and commercial chemicals in the face of rapidly changing environmental and social norms.”
The researchers are currently conducting a feasibility study to develop new industrial chemical processes, such that they can be scaled up to the scale required for industrial manufacturing.
They are also developing a protocol for industrial production of a commercially available industrial chemical that can heat the reaction to the desired temperature quickly and cheaply.
Vatsana said that future work on these new processes may involve further refining their design to better control the heat transfer, and optimize the speed and efficiency of the reaction.
This work is being funded by the National Science Foundation.