Space and time-resolved probing of heterogeneous catalysis reactions using lab-on-a-chip
Probing catalytic reactions on a catalyst surface in real time is a major challenge. Herein, we demonstrate the utility of a continuous flow millifluidic chip reactor coated with a nanostructured gold catalyst as an effective platform for in situ investigation of the kinetics of catalytic reactions by taking 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF) to 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) conversion as a model reaction. The idea conceptualized in this paper can not only dramatically change the ability to probe the time-resolved kinetics of heterogeneous catalysis reactions but also used for investigating other chemical and biological catalytic processes, thereby making this a broad platform for probing reactions as they occur within continuous flow reactors.
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Navin, C. V., Krishna, K. S., Theegala, C. S., & Kumar, C. S. (2016). Space and time-resolved probing of heterogeneous catalysis reactions using lab-on-a-chip. Nanoscale, 8 (10), 5546-51. https://doi.org/10.1039/c5nr06752a