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Keywords:

  • continuous flow;
  • flow chemistry;
  • microfluidics;
  • microreactors;
  • synthetic chemistry

Abstract

The fine chemicals and pharmaceutical industries are transforming how their products are manufactured, where economically favorable, from traditional batchwise processes to continuous flow. This evolution is impacting synthetic chemistry on all scales—from the laboratory to full production. This Review discusses the relative merits of batch and micro flow reactors for performing synthetic chemistry in the laboratory.