NPL's Sonoreactor can provide benefits to industrial manufacturers such as more sustainable production, improved time to market, yield and scale”. This can have benefits in several different sectors:
Food and drink
Control of particle/crystal sizes are important in foodstuff production as they influence:
For food and drink manufacturers, NPL's Sonoreactor can effectively control particle and crystal sizes by measuring/controlling the cavitation intensity with a patented cavitation-based process for high-yield, efficient production of materials.
The continuous processing of materials can result in an improved yield, and reduces the energy required to process the sample
This technology can have many different applications, such as:
- Crystal dissolution: NPL has demonstrated the use of ultrasound in honey production, improving consumer perception, retaining quality, and extending retail shelf-life
- Enhanced mass transfer: e.g. tea brewing
- Extraction: e.g. pulp processing
Many pharmaceutical manufacturing processes rely upon the crystallisation and micronisation of drug substances. Incorporating ultrasound into production streams enables more efficient production of correct particle sizes whilst still in suspension.
NPL's Sonoreactor removes the need for, and cost of, micronisation steps that introduce unwanted amorphous content and reduce stability. This is achieved by measuring and controlling cavitation intensity, with a patented cavitation-based process for high-yield, efficient production of materials down to nanometre scales.It makes production more environmentally sustainable by utilising common, less toxic surfactants than traditional methods to make production safer, with less environmental impact.
For manufacturers of liquid-phase exfoliated graphene/2D material solutions, NPL's Sonoreactor enables upscaling production, improved consistency and size selectivity, and reduces post-processing steps e.g. filtration.
The Sonoreactor enables improved efficiency and yield by measuring and controlling the cavitation intensity, with a patented cavitation-based process for high-yield, efficient production of materials down to nanometre scales.
The Sonoreactor enables more sustainable production through utilising common, less toxic surfactants than traditional methods, makes production safer with less potential environmental damage. Improved yield also reduces the energy required to process the sample.
This technology could be used to:
- process graphite into graphene solutions on a larger scale than is currently achievable.
- improve yield, efficiency, consistency, purity and size control of mineral particles production.
Find out more about controlled sonication as a route to in-situ graphene flake size control