- R&D 100 Awards
The Polyarc Reactor is a breakthrough innovation that combines catalysis with chemical analysis to revolutionize 60-year-old technology. The Polyarc gives scientists the capability to determine purity, quantify unknowns, qualify products, investigate renewable feedstocks, improve food and drug development and more, using an approach that is better, faster and cheaper than ever before. Chemical analysis is a highly specialized, time-consuming and expensive process, in large part due to the extraordinary number and types of compounds. Commonly used instruments are gas chromatographs with flame ionization detectors (GC/FID), which require meticulous and tedious calibration of detector response to accurately quantify compounds. In some cases, these calibrations are impossible with existing methods.