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CiTOS becomes the first European Corning Advanced-Flow™ Reactor Qualified Laboratory.

Corning Incorporated, a world leader in glass and ceramic products, has selected CiTOS, headed by Jean-Christophe Monbaliu, for establishing a cutting-edge laboratory dedicated to Corning® Advanced-Flow™ Reactor (AFR) technology. CiTOS becomes the first European Qualified Corning Advanced-Flow™ Reactor Lab". CiTOS, which has considerable expertise in the field of micro/mesofluidics applied to organic synthesis, provides customers with continuous-flow demonstrations, experimental trials, feasibility testing, and chemical reaction process development. CiTOS is also committed to promote flow chemistry education among the next generation of scientists, and to provide young researchers in chemical science with advanced technology tools for the synthesis of high value-added molecules.


ontinuous-flow chemistry is an emerging research area at the interface between chemistry and chemical engineering, where the transformation of chemicals is performed continuously within the structured channels of micro/mesofluidic reactors. These reactors reinvent chemical manufacturing (pharmaceutical, speciality chemicals, etc.): compared to traditional macroscopic batch reactors, micro/mesofluidic reactors enable faster, cleaner and safer chemical transformations, and ensure fast lab-to-market transitions.

At the University of Liège, CiTOS has specialised for a number of years in the implementation of complex sequences of reactions in micro/mesofluidic reactors, and has developed an expertise for designing inherently safer chemical processes, as well as for the rapid transition between the laboratory and the market. This laboratory, led by Jean-Christophe Monbaliu, has been chosen as a European technology hub by the American company.

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Becoming the first European Corning Qualified Laboratory is a great honor for us and is the next level for our longstanding collaboration with Corning,” said Jean-Christophe Monbaliu, director of CiTOS. “Having access to Corning’s groundbreaking AFR technologies is definitively a major asset to our laboratory and we are committed to helping customers to transition from batch to flow processing and to design scalable, continuous-flow processes as well as promote flow chemistry education.”

Located in the heart of Europe, the laboratory will allow potential customers, industrial and public partners, those who are simply curious or passionate about new technologies, to have direct access to Corning reactor technologies, and will offer service for testing and developing continuous-flow processes with Corning reactor technology. With CiTOS, Corning will now have 3 AFR-qualified laboratories in the world: one in the United States, one in China, and another in Belgium.

This collaboration is a great match for Corning and we’re thrilled that it’s an academic institution that has passion and knowledge around continuous flow processing,” said Alessandra Vizza, regional commercial manager of Corning Reactor Technologies for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and North/South America. “Jean-Christophe Monbaliu and his team offer expertise for our regional customer base while educating the next generation of chemists and chemical engineers.”

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About Corning Incorporated

Corning is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a 166-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries.

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About Jean-Christophe Monbaliu

Jean-Christophe Monbaliu holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Université catholique de Louvain (2008), and was recruited at the University of Liège in 2013 after several years of specialization in new processes and technologies, notably at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds a position as Lecturer with the Department of Chemistry (Research Unit MolSys) and has created the Center for Integrated Technology and Organic Synthesis (CiTOS). He is currently developing with his research team new synthetic methods in organic chemistry using micro/mesofluidic reactors.

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