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Lab Chip. 2014 Sep 7;14(17):3172-80. doi: 10.1039/c4lc00429a.

Nanocrystal synthesis in microfluidic reactors: where next?

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Centre for Plastic Electronics and Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AZ, UK. j.demello@imperial.ac.uk.

Abstract

The past decade has seen a steady rise in the use of microfluidic reactors for nanocrystal synthesis, with numerous studies reporting improved reaction control relative to conventional batch chemistry. However, flow synthesis procedures continue to lag behind batch methods in terms of chemical sophistication and the range of accessible materials, with most reports having involved simple one- or two-step chemical procedures directly adapted from proven batch protocols. Here we examine the current status of microscale methods for nanocrystal synthesis, and consider what role microreactors might ultimately play in laboratory-scale research and industrial production.

PMID:
24911190
DOI:
10.1039/c4lc00429a

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