Synthetic Chemistry Labs Benefit from Waterless Condenser
9 Jun 2019
Asynt’s Condensyn waterless condenser has been scientifically analysed in key performance areas such as water savings potential and flood prevention when compared with Liebig products.
The evaluation by the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)** was driven by numerous lab flooding incidents in its synthetic chemistry labs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels from the use of Liebig water condensers.
For commonly used low-boiling solvents such as acetone and ethanol - the Condensyn was shown to provide superior performance to the water-consuming Liebig condensers.
TU Dublin estimated that a condenser would typically be used for two hours over the course of an undergraduate laboratory session. This resulted in a total water consumption figure of at least 264 L per student pair, with each lab session catering for approximately ten groups, and using approximately 2,640 L of water with a standard Liebig condenser unit. The report concluded that implementation of Condensyn waterless condensers would save 420,000 L of water in the undergraduate labs per annum, equating to €970 of savings for TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus. Even greater potential water-savings were predicting in the post-graduate research lab, where reactions can often be run for several days.
Dr John Moran, a technical officer at TU Dublin, said: "These waterless Condensyn units will result in significant environmental benefits through reduced water consumption, cost savings from massively reduced water consumption and eliminating potential damage due to water leaks from standard Liebig condensers. By using the Condensyn units in the undergraduate teaching labs, our investment will be recouped in under three years, with water savings alone.”