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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 control 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.

Chemical Synthesis Specifications

Chemical Synthesis Brochure

Features and Options

Vessel Types and Volumes

  • Vessels from 500 mL to 20 L are 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

  • Control software enables regular data logging, multi-step recipes, parameter control, and feedback loops.

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


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


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


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


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†


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


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


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*


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


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


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


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


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*


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


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Chemical Synthesis Specifications

Chemical Synthesis Brochure

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