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AutoLAB | Bench-Top Automated Reactor System

H.E.L’s fully customizable AutoLAB reactor platforms are designed, configured, and tailored to meet your specific process and application requirements.  The modular and highly adaptable nature of the system enables the platform to evolve with your research and development interests.

Controlled by H.E.L’s powerful labCONSOL software platform, the AutoLAB supports a diverse range of applications, such as:

  • Polymerization
  • Crystallization
  • Synthesis
  • High- and low-pressure reactions
  • Process optimization
  • Kilo-pilot/production plant scale-up

H.E.L Group has been developing bespoke reactor solutions for the chemical R&D community for more than three decades, so if your work requires functionality that is not listed, please contact us.

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Features and Options

Vessel Types and Volumes

  • Interchangeable insulated vessels from 250 mL to 50 L available in both glass and metal.

Temperature Control

  • -50 ⁰C to 250 ⁰C as standard (circulator dependent) with additional options to increase the range of -90 ⁰C up to 350 ⁰C (circulator dependent).

High Pressure and Vacuum Systems

  • The AutoLAB has a high-pressure configuration that supports the study of reactions at elevated pressure.

Sampling Systems

  • Through active pumps, manual dip tubes, automated level control, or multisampling units, like the ASU.

Reagent Addition

  • Through fully automated liquid and gas feeds as well as volumetric syringe pumps. These solutions can be applied to both high and low-pressure systems.

Control Options

  • All relevant inputs can be logged, enabling automated monitoring and, where appropriate, feedback control of the reactor system

Sensor Options

  • Temperature, pressure, pH, turbidity, conductivity
  • Integration of third-party probes is possible, such as in-situ FTIR, particle sizing probes, and Raman probes.

Stirring Available

  • Up to 2000 rpm/400 Ncm and are supplied in a wide range of materials and designs

Intelligent Software Control and Analysis

  • labCONSOL software control enables regular data logging, multi-step recipes, parameter control, and feedback loops. The software adds a responsive intelligence to the system and still delivers an intuitive interface that needs only minimal training to run quickly.

Safety Features

  • Include automatic user-configurable reaction limits and shutdown procedures, to ensure user safety.
  • Automatic hardware and software fail-safes are installed on every system

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Publications

The following are a list of some technical publications which highlight the use of the equipment.

Measuring the Particle Packing of L-Glutamic Acid Crystals through X-ray Computed Tomography for Understanding Powder Flow and Consolidation Behavior

T. D. Turner,* P. Gajjar, I. S. Fragkopoulos, J. Carr, T. T. H. Nguyen, D. Hooper, F. Clarke, N. Dawson, P. J. Withers, and K. J. Roberts

12-May-2020

https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.cgd.9b01515(Subscription or purchase maybe required for full access)


Concentration and Separation of Heavy Rare-Earth Metals at Stripping Stage

Olga Cheremisina, Vasiliy Sergeev , Alexander Fedorov * and Daria Alferova

01-Dec-2019

https://doi.org/10.3390/met9121317(Subscription or purchase maybe required for full access)


Methyl tetra-O-acetyl-α-d-glucopyranuronate: crystal structure and influence on the crystallisation of the β anomer

John A. Hayes, Kevin S. Eccles, Simon E. Lawrence, Humphrey A. Moynihan

01-Mar-2016

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carres.2016.01.012(Subscription or purchase maybe required for full access)


Demonstrating the Influence of Solvent Choice and Crystallization Conditions on Phenacetin Crystal Habit and Particle Size Distribution

Denise M. Croker,*,† Dawn M. Kelly,‡ Danielle E. Horgan,‡ B. Kieran Hodnett,† Simon E. Lawrence,‡ Humphrey A. Moynihan,‡ and Åke C. Rasmuson†

30-Jan-2015

https://doi.org/10.1021/op500308x(Subscription or purchase maybe required for full access)


Reduction of CO2 by adsorption and reaction on surface of TiO2-nitrogen modified photocatalyst

B. Michalkiewicz, J. Majewska, G. Ka̧dziołka, K. Bubacz, S. Mozia and A. W. Morawski

01-Jan-2014

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcou.2013.12.004(Subscription or purchase maybe required for full access)


Cellulose-TiO2 nanocomposite with enhanced UV–Vis light absorption

Antoni W. Morawski, Ewelina Kusiak-Nejman, Jacek Przepio ́rski, Roksana Kordala, Juliusz Pernak

01-Mar-2013

https://doi.org/10.1007/s10570-013-9906-6(Subscription or purchase maybe required for full access)


Crystal Polymorphs and Transformations of 2-Iodo-4-nitroaniline

Dawn M. Kelly, Kevin S. Eccles, Curtis J. Elcoate, Simon E. Lawrence, and Humphrey A. Moynihan*

01-Sep-2010

https://doi.org/10.1021/cg1001418(Subscription or purchase maybe required for full access)


In Situ Measurement of Solution Concentration during the Batch Cooling Crystallization of l-Glutamic Acid using ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy Coupled with Chemometrics

Antonia Borissova,† Shahid Khan,† Tariq Mahmud,*,† Kevin J. Roberts,† John Andrews,‡ Paul Dallin,‡ Zeng-Ping Chen,§ and Julian Morris

01-Dec-2008

https://doi.org/10.1021/cg7010265(Subscription or purchase maybe required for full access)


Particle Shape Characterisation via Image Analysis: from Laboratory Studies to In-process Measurements Using an in Situ Particle Viewer System

Rui Fa Li Radoslav Penchev Vasuki Ramachandran Kevin J. Roberts* Xue Z. Wang Richard J. Tweedie, Andy Prior Jan W. Gerritsen, Fred M. Hugen

01-Jul-2008

https://doi.org/10.1021/op800011v(Subscription or purchase maybe required for full access)


Real-Time Measurement of the Growth Rates of Individual Crystal Facets Using Imaging and Image Analysis: A Feasibility Study on Needle-shaped Crystals of L-Glutamic Acid

X. Z. WangJ. Calderon De AndaK. J. Robert

01-Mar-2008

https://doi.org/10.1205/cherd06203(Subscription or purchase maybe required for full access)


Monitoring and Feedback Control of Supersaturation Using ATR-FTIR to Produce an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient of a Desired Crystal Size

Vincenzo Liotta* and Vijay Sabesan

01-May-2004

https://doi.org/10.1021/op049959n(Subscription or purchase maybe required for full access)


In-Process ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy for Closed-Loop Supersaturation Control of a Batch Crystallizer Producing Monosodium Glutamate Crystals of Defined Size

Heidi Gro, Antonia Borissova, and Kevin J. Roberts*

01-Nov-2002

https://doi.org/10.1021/ie020346d(Subscription or purchase maybe required for full access)