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Snapdragon Chemistry has created a simple, efficient (higher yield and faster reaction time) small footprint photoreactor for use in flow chemistry.  The development of our own photoreactor was borne out of the Snapdragon Chemistry team’s frustration with not being able to find an appropriate photoreactor for our own continuous flow projects. 


Traditional photoreactors are often used in batch processing and are typically unable to achieve the same throughput as continuous flow reactors. Unlike fan-cooled photoreactors, the Snapdragon Chemistry photoreactor achieves specific temperature control through cooling ports that can be connected to chillers. Temperature specificity is also enhanced through the use of LEDs, which minimize the amount of thermal fatigue on the components of the light bulb and on the other components of the photoreactor.  This leads to a longer lifetime for the components and overall product.


Features include:


  • Reactor flow system

  • Adjustable light intensity, wavelength, light absorption depth, and temperature control

  • Reactor inlet port, outlet port, and a length of reactor tubing coupled fluidically

  • 365 nm, 385nm, 410nm, and 457nm, wavelengths


The photoreactor meets all safety protocols and is UL listed.


Since Chemistry’s origins, chemists have had to invest substantial time in repetitive experimental tasks, such as reaction monitoring and iterative optimization.  This has left limited time for innovation and creativity and inhibited the pace of discovery and development.


To break free from these constraints, Snapdragon Chemistry has developed an Internet of Things system for the monitoring, data gathering, and running of chemistry experiments.  We have written software to wirelessly connect to all devices used in our completely heterogeneous laboratories.  Each device is Wifi-enabled to allow new system components to be added or removed from a given experiment in seconds. 

Our system takes a reading from each device every 3 seconds and stores it electronically in a secure database.  These “timestamped” readouts are then displayed in graphical or tabular format via a Web-based interface.  Because all devices are synchronized to be read at the same clock time, the readings act as a “mini” electronic notebook of reactions taking place throughout the process.

Scripts can be created (either in the software or uploaded from Excel files) to allow the software to safely run a large number of iterative experiments with minimal supervision.


Critical attribute of LabOS


  • Complete operating system for chemistry

  • Data-rich experimentation

  • Reaction automation and reaction queue

  • Vendor agnostic

  • Easily configurable – truly “Plug & Play”

  • No programming knowledge for chemist to use

  • Central data logging, statistics, and reporting

  • Safety alert system

  • Ability to run unattended 24/7

  • Increases the pace of discovery and development