Ceramic Industry

MIT to Use Corning Glass Reactor (posted 4/9/09)

April 9, 2009
Corning’s reactor can continuously and efficiently stream chemical reactants together, rather than mixing them in batches.

Corning Inc. recently announced that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will begin working with Corning’s Advanced-Flow™ glass reactor in its chemical engineering research program. Corning’s reactor has the ability to continuously and efficiently stream chemical reactants together, rather than mixing them in batches, thus enabling breakthroughs in manufacturing.

“We believe continuous manufacturing of chemicals and pharmaceuticals is an important trend for the advancement of the chemical processing industry,” said Professor Klavs Jensen, chair of the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering. “Continuous manufacturing provides significantly more efficient manufacturing and higher-purity products, both critical benefits. Additionally, these types of reactors enable new chemical pathways that in the past people could only dream about accomplishing in a production environment.”

“We are very excited that the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT will be using Corning’s Advanced-Flow glass reactor technology in its leading-edge program,” said Gary Calabrese, Ph.D., vice president of Science and Technology for Corning. “Corning’s reactor technology is now being readied for deployment in manufacturing locations around the world, which means that the MIT research can have a significant impact on the future of chemical manufacturing.”

In addition to important research work, MIT may apply Corning’s Advanced-Flow glass reactor to its undergraduate teaching curriculum. “It is very important to give students an education that keeps up with the most important trends in technology. Corning has innovated for businesses, and we need to be equally innovative for our students,” said Jensen.

A high-throughput, easily scalable reactor that can be customized to customers’ specific needs, the Advanced-Flow glass reactor enables a cost-effective solution for a single reaction or a wide portfolio of reactions. Corning’s proprietary reactor technology increases the efficiency, scalability, and quality of chemical processing while reducing environmental impact, performance variability, and cost.

For more information, visit www.corning.com.