Montana Patent of the Month – February 2023
Chemical reactions are crucial to various industrial applications, from producing drugs and fuels to manufacturing electronics and consumer goods. To achieve these reactions, a proper mixing of reactants is essential. Batch mixing is a widely used approach, but it can be slow, inefficient, and inconsistent. Resodyn Corporation has a better solution: continuous acoustic mixers (CAMs).
Resodyn, founded in 1994, is a privately held company based in Butte, Montana, that specializes in the development and manufacturing of advanced materials and chemical processing equipment. Its flagship product, the CAM, is a device that imparts acoustic energy onto materials passing through it. The acoustic energy can mix, react, coat, or combine the materials. Compared to batch mixers, CAMs can process materials more quickly, uniformly, and efficiently, reducing waste and costs.
Resodyn’s has recently been granted a patent for their continuous acoustic chemical microreactor system. The system includes a continuous process vessel that oscillates along an axis, an elongated tube coupled at a first end to a reactant inlet, and a product outlet coupled to a second end of the elongated tube. The system can be configured to operate at mechanical resonance, which maximizes the mixing efficiency and energy transfer.
The CAM-based microreactor system offers several advantages. First, it allows continuous processing of reactants, which enhances reaction control, productivity, and quality. Second, it provides a high surface area-to-volume ratio, promoting efficient heat and mass transfer and allowing the use of small amounts of catalysts. Third, it reduces the need for bulky and complex mixing equipment, saving space and resources. Finally, it enables the processing of a wide range of materials, from gasses and liquids to slurries and solids, with high precision and reproducibility.
Resodyn’s CAM technology has earned recognition and awards from various institutions, such as the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, and R&D 100. The company has also partnered with leading organizations in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and energy sectors to commercialize its products and address specific market needs.
Resodyn’s continuous acoustic mixers represent a paradigm shift in chemical processing, offering an innovative, efficient, and scalable solution. With the ever-increasing demand for sustainable and high-performance products, Resodyn’s CAM technology is poised to make a significant impact on the industry.
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