Low-Temperature Continuous Flow Synthesis of Metal Ammonium Phosphates

Eccles, Harry orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-1652-3370, holdsworth, A F, Mao, Runjie, Bond, Gary orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-5347-2341 and Halman, Alice (2018) Low-Temperature Continuous Flow Synthesis of Metal Ammonium Phosphates. Nature Scientific Reports, 8 . ISSN 0028-0836

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-31694-x


The synthesis of the high performance inorganic materials essential to the quality of modern day life is hindered by traditionalist attitudes and reliance on outdated methods such as batch syntheses. While continuous flow methods have been extensively adopted in pharmaceutical circles, they remain largely unexplored for the preparation of inorganic compounds, despite higher efficiency, safety and versatility. In this publication, we demonstrate a step-change for the synthesis of metal ammonium phosphates through conversion of the extant batch process to a low-temperature continuous regime, exhibiting a tenfold increase in throughput combined with a significant decrease in particle size.

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