In summary the Vortex Fluidic Device functions under continuous flow by delivering reagents to the bottom of a rapidly rotating tube that is tilted relative to the horizontal position. The viscous drag from the Stewartson and Ekman layers provide shear, while inducible Faraday waves comprise an important additional tool for chemists. This mechanoenergy can be harnessed for different applications, for example in accelerating organic reactions at room temperature, often without the need for heating, and unlike conventional batch processing. In addition, the intense micro-mixing and the resulting thin film (down to approximately 250 microns) provides high heat and mass transfer resulting in all molecules being essentially treated in the same way. Processing using the VFD is beyond diffusion control and is high in green chemistry metrics and enables the ability to study reactions in real time using a range of modular attachments to examine various parameters. Finally, processing with the VFD facilitates handling exothermic and dangerous reactions in flow by providing simple control of temperature release.
In the example application pages under the "Applications" menu you'll find a wide range of different applications that have been demonstrated with the VFD as well as links to published peer-reviewed journal articles describing the work in more detail. The videos below demonstrate basic functional dynamics of the VFD, captured with the aid of high-speed photography. Vortex Fluidic Technology is a science-driven company and hopes to facilitate further collaborations, breakthroughs, and advances in the field of chemistry for its customers, founding researchers, and other stakeholders.
Below: Video showing droplet and shear dynamics in a Vortex Fluidic Device
Below: Video showing thin film dynamics in a Vortex Fluidic Device