Reaction Assistance Services

Reaction assistance services

H-Cube Hydrogenation Reactor

The H-cube is a continuous flow reactor used to carry out reactions safely in a hydrogen (or inert) atmosphere of up to 100 Bar and temperatures up to 100 °C.

The electrolysis module provides only the required amount of hydrogen required for the reaction, much safer than maintaining a hydrogen gas cylinder. The microreactor can be equipped with a wide assortment of different catalysts such as:

  • Pd/C
  • Pt/C
  • Raney-Ni
  • Rh/C
  • Wilkinsons Catalyst
  • Lindlars Catalyst
  • Tetrakiss (TPP) Pd polymer-bound

Autoclave – High-pressure reaction vessels

The service has two batch autoclaves with a maximum volume being 1200 ml. Reactions can be with hydrogen (or possibly other reactant gases) or in an inert atmosphere, at temperatures up to 300 °C and pressure up to 150 Bar (2175 psi). 


In the first instance please contact Simon Thorpe, technical manager, who can discuss your query with you and direct you to the most appropriate member of our analytical services team.


University of Sheffield customers should bring their samples along with a completed Internal service form and purchase order form (members of the Department of Chemistry do not need a purchase order form) to lab C43 in the Dainton Building.

Materials sent to the service should be correctly packaged and labelled in accordance with CoSHH regulations and a CoSHH form for the proposed reaction must also be sent.

Every effort will be made to carry out the reaction as requested, however, results cannot be guaranteed.

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