Results and Discussion
The labCONSOL® software can operate the PolyBLOCK in various modes, such as Heat/Cool Reactor (ramping reactor temperature) or Constant Reactor Temperature.
Heat/Cool Reactor changes the reactor temperature at a defined rate -see figure 1 for example.
In contrast, Constant Reactor Temperature Control (figure 2) heats the reactor contents to a specified temperature as quickly as possible. Both control modes were investigated.
Silicone oil has a broad liquid phase temperature range, enabling testing across a wide spread of temperature ranges. For simplicity, the results will focus on R4, a 150 mL glass reactor, R5, a 16 mL high-pressure reactor, and R8, a 50 mL high-pressure stainless-steel reactor. These reactors allow for comparison in reactor size, the volume of solvent used, and reactor material.