Reactors, Vessels, Racks, Vials

High-throughput and high-output parallel synthesis µL to mL

reactor block for automated synthesis

Automated, parallel

  • Organic library syntheses, medicinal chemistry
  • Reaction screening
  • Route scouting / early process research
  • Photochemical library syntheses
  • Ligand library syntheses
  • Organometallic library syntheses
  • Living / controlled polymerizations
  • Nanomaterials syntheses
  • Impregnations
  • Biomass pretreatment and conversion
  • C-X Coupling, hydrogenation, hydroformylation, carbonylation, metathesis, oxidation, … screenings
  • Route scouting / early process research
  • Polyolefin solution- & slurry-phase screenings


ISYNTH Components (disposable glass vials for µL to mL synthesis) - Overview

SWILE for µL scale parallel synthesis
Photochemistry Plate

Photochemistry Plate

Key Features:

  • Compliant with 48×8 ml or 48×2 ml disposable glass vial ISYNTH block
  • One or two LED light sources per vial
  • Wavelengths, blue and/or UV, e.g. 460 nm, 420 nm, 395 nm,
    365 nm  (other wavelengths upon request)
  • Stepless control of light intensity
  • 1 W high power LED per vial (dependent on wavelength)
  • Same intensity and color for each “line”,  the ISYNTH is divided into 8 lines, each with 6 vials,  so each 6 vials in a line have the same power/color
  • Shaking capability up to 200 rpm during photoreaction
  • Automated transfer of photochemistry module
  • Operation under inert gas during photochemistry
  • Wetted materials, quartz window and stainless  steel for chemical compatibility

Double Jacket Array Reactors (reusable glass/stainless steel reactors)


Fully integrated and automated reactor arrays for parallel or combinatorial library synthesis, allowing for a vast range of synthetic manipulations even under inert atmosphere or pressure compliant with our proprietary overhead gravimetric dispensing of solids, liquids, viscous liquids, pastes, and waxes directly into the reactors / vials.

Main features:

  • Up to 288 parallel reactions on one platform based on e.g. 2 ml scale
  • Efficient temperature control, either per array or per reactor (optional)
  • Integrated reflux, filtration, crystallization, l/l extraction, solid phase extraction
  • Efficient yet gentle vortex mixing, even while accessing the reactor
  • Inert atmosphere for sensitive reagents or inert reaction conditions:
    • Inertization of the reactors (vacuum inert gas cycles)
    • Inertization of the entire workstations enclosed hood
  • Pseudomechanical stirring for viscous liquids or slurries (optional)
  • Integration of internal temperature or pH probes (optional)
  • Reaction Volume: µL to mL
  • Temperature range: -70 °C to 200 °C
  • Maximum pressure: 100 bar
  • Vortex range: 100 rpm to 1400 rpm

High-throughput and high-output process development

Technology-Process-Development-1 screwless opening / closing, self-sealing, transmissionless stirrer drive, easily exchangeable stirrer designs


Automated, parallel

  • Organic synthesis optimization & scale-up/strong>
  • Ligand synthesis optimization & scale-up
  • Organometallic optimization synthesis & scale-up
  • Ziegler-Natta synthesis
  • Polyolefin pre-polymerizations, solution-, slurry-, bulk-, gas-phase, multi-stage syntheses
  • Living / controlled, emulsion, suspension, mass polymerizations
  • Impregnations
  • (Mixed) oxide, zeolite syntheses
  • Catalyst testing in batch, semi-continuous, continuous mode
  • Nanomaterials syntheses
  • Biomass pretreatment and conversion

For highly demanding synthetic processes, process parameter evaluation / optimization (proven acceptable ranges) and scale-up – individually controlled & operated tank reactors compliant with our proprietary overhead gravimetric dispensing of solids, liquids, viscous liquids, pastes, and waxes, directly into the reactors.
Up to 36 quality-by-design reactors simulating 3-5 liter reactors can be integrated on one platform. 

Main features:

  • 100, 250 AND / OR 1000 mL process reactors on the same platform
  • Continuous feeding of liquids, liquefied gases down to 5 µl/min at up to 100 bar
  • Multiple gaseous / liquid (co-)feeds
  • 80 Pa.s at 300 rpm with anchor stirrer
  • Integrated viscosity & calorimetry
  • pH monitoring and control
  • Interfaces with different probes such as NIR, MIR, UV/VIS
  • Flexible stirrer designs: easily exchangeable stirrer with hollow shaft design (anchor, twisted blade, …)
  • 0.1°C precision
  • -20 to 250°C (optionally down to -50°C, up to 350°C)
  • Independent heating & cooling
  • Controlled heating ramps down to 0.1°C
  • Integrated reflux condenser
  • Maximum pressure 100 bar
  • Vacuum for e.g. inertization, filtration, evaporation, distillation, crystallization
  • l/l and solid-phase extraction
  • Vessel-to-vessel transfer
  • Dean Stark water trap
  • Cylinder magnet (avoid transmission)
  • Automated reactor closure, self-contained drawer under pressure (easy to dismantle, security system, high pressure pumps, continuous flow…)

High-throughput and high-output formulation and characterization


Automated, parallel

  • Emulsion formulation, application, testing
  • Paint formulation, application, testing
  • Personal care products (sun screen, skin care, lipstick, mascara, hair care & colorants, …) formulation, application, testing
  • Home care products (liquid & solid detergents, …) formulation, application, testing
  • OLED, OPV, fuel cell ink formulation, application, testing
  • Battery paste and electrolyte formulation, application / assembly, testing
  • Engine oil and grease formulation and testing
  • Catalyst paste making and extrusion

For virtually unrestricted formulation methodologies in order to investigate both the raw material and the parameter space – individually controlled & operated formulation reactors/blenders compliant with our proprietary overhead gravimetric dispensing of solids, liquids, viscous liquids, pastes, waxes directly into the blenders.
Up to 36 blenders can be integrated on one platform.

Main features:

  • Individual powerful stirring vessel for highest mixing, dissolving, emulsification power
  • Agitation up to 6’000 rpm even during gravimetric addition of highly viscous reagents and powders
  • Flexible stirrer designs (rotor / stator, dispersing disk, customized)
  • Max. viscosity with rotor-stator, 250’000 mPa.s at 2000 rpm
  • Max. viscosity with dissolver disk, 125’000 mPa.s at 2000 rpm
  • Conveniently exchangeable scrapers for maximum formulation quality (from 20 to 200 rpm)
  • Continuous feed pumps
  • Pt100 internal and external temperature control +/-0.1°C
  • Independent electrical and fluidic heating / cooling systems for highest accuracy (-20 to 250°C, +/-0.1°C)
  • Calorimetric measurement (calorimetric probe 1W)
  • Viscosity measurement / rheometry
  • pH measurement and control
  • Vacuum connections for degassing, extraction, evaporation
  • Different gas supplies (e.g. inert or other gases)
  • Large choice of pre-formulation vessels (magnetically stirred, shaken, heated, cooled vessels, high pressure reactor, disposable vials, …)

High-throughput sample preparation
reactors - sample preparation

A range of different crimp-neck and screw cap sample vials and reactors is available for a vast range of purposes, compliant with its proprietary overhead gravimetric dispensing of solids, liquids, viscous liquids, pastes, and waxes, directly into the blenders. Many procedures, such as evaporation of solvents or filtration/extraction can be performed via the integration of designated robotic tools.

Main features:

  • Vortex mixing
  • Temperature control
  • Evaporation of solvents (optional evaporation tool is required)
  • Reflux (optional reflux tool is required)
  • Filtration (optional filtration head is required)
  • Capping, de-capping, screw capping and transport of reactors (work under pressure/multi-step synthesis)
  • Working volumes: from µl to ml
  • Temperature range: -20 °C to 150 °C
  • Vortex speed: 100 rpm to 1400 rpm

Storage & sample preparation racks


Racks for all purposes can be integrated in Chemspeeds workstations

Numerous racks for all kinds of purposes are available. Thanks to the modular concept, virtually any combination is possible on one platform. Even customized racks are easily integrated.

  • Racks for storage and sample preparation include:
  • Reagent vial racks (0.2 ml to 80 ml)
  • Racks for crimp-neck vials (0.2 ml to 20 ml)
  • Solvent reservoir racks
  • MTP racks


Functional racks

Weighing Module

Weighing module - on-deck balance 

The weighing module consists of an analytical balance with a designated vial holder. Vials can be transported with a designated tool to the weighing module, allowing for the weight determination of solid and liquid dispenses. Two different balances are available, differing with respect to the maximum capacity.

  • Working temperature: 5 – 40°C
  • Maximum capacity: 220 g or 3’100 g
  • Resolution: 10 µg


Heat/ stir rack
Heat and stir rack - Chemspeed

The heat/ stir rack houses four 250 ml bottles and four 100 ml bottles, and is equipped with eight magnetic stirrers, a double jacket and a reflux device. It is dedicated e.g. for the preparation of low viscous premixes or for the storage of slurry and dispersions.

  • Working temperature: -20 to 100°C
  • Stirrer speed: 50 to 1’400 rpm


Work-up and analysis racks

Work-up and analysis rack - Chemspeed

The filtration rack allows for the separation of solids from liquids and depending on the configuration, either can be collected. The filtration is performed in disposable cartridges with up to 96 filtrations possible per rack.