Laboratory Reactors are pieces of equipment that enable chemical reactions to be controlled automatically. A reactor may control a reaction by adjusting temperature, pH or pressure.
There are three basic types of laboratory reactor: high-pressure, mini, and stirred. When looking to acquire a stirred reactor, operating pressure should be the first consideration, bearing in mind the robust walls often necessary for higher-pressure vessels can make temperature control more complicated.
Vessel size should also be a major consideration based on anticipated reaction batch size. Reactors are also engineered to be corrosion resistant, with common options including stainless steel and titanium.
Other major considerations include cost, ease of analysis, catalyst integration and means of handling catalyst decay.