Reaction Engineering Seminar on Stirred Tank Laboratory Reactors
The Dow Chemical Company
Reaction Engineering Core R&D
Michael R. Thorson, Ph.D. – Assoc. Research Scientist
Developed by the Core R&D Reaction Engineering group of The Dow Chemical Company and designed for chemists and engineers who operate or use data from laboratory reactors, this course contains fundamental reaction engineering knowledge essential for generating high quality data from a laboratory scale stirred tank reactor. The course content includes general principles for designing and operating laboratory reactors. The bulk of the course focuses on stirred tanks for a variety of reaction systems, including homogeneous liquid phase, gas-liquid, liquid-solid, and gas-liquid-solid systems. At the end of this course, chemists and engineers will have a better understanding of the critical factors affecting the performance of laboratory scale stirred reactors and the appropriate means for addressing those factors to maximize the probability of success. This course will also introduce a publicly available tool for estimating gradients in heterogeneous catalyst particles and for sizing laboratory fixed bed reactors.