Vortex mediated catalysis and physico-chemical process control

Author: Matt Jellicoe

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Jellicoe, Matt, 2022 Vortex mediated catalysis and physico-chemical process control, Flinders University, College of Science and Engineering

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Over the past century, there has been a challenge in the understanding of how fluid flows in thin film liquids. As science moves towards processing with green chemistry metrics, there has been considerable interest in how microfluidics can help facilitate science into a new era of processing. This thesis creates a paradigm shift in fluid dynamics in the vortex fluidic device (VFD), a novel thin film processor. The thesis initially focuses on how the fluid flows in monophasic and biphasic systems within the VFD. This knowledge of how the fluid flows was then applied into various fields of science including; organic chemistry, biomaterials and nanomaterials. Overall, this thesis is a monumental step forward in the understanding, predictability and manipulation of the fluid flow in the VFD. The understanding and manipulation of the fluid flow has the potential to be applied in a number of applications.

Keywords: Vortex Fluidic Device, Fluid Dynamics, Nanofabriaction, Nanomaterials, Flow Chemistry, Chemistry, Biomaterials

Subject: Chemistry thesis

Thesis type: Doctor of Philosophy
Completed: 2022
School: College of Science and Engineering
Supervisor: Colin L. Raston