Microreactors have been used for acquiring process data while consuming significantly lower amounts of expensive reagents. In this article, the combination of microreactor technology and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is shown to contribute significantly towards understanding the diffusional properties of the substrate and the product of a biocatalytic reaction. Such knowledge is then applied to design reactor configurations. It has been demonstrated that this kind of knowledge is crucial for the choice and design of reactors. In the discussion, it is highlighted how microreactor‐based platforms with similar dimensions to the ones tested here can be used as a screening tool for screening biocatalyst and process alternatives.
Chemical Engineering and Technology, 2013, Vol 36, Issue 6, p. 1017-1026