Bury St Edmunds: Vapourtec securess partnership agreement with Nanjing University of Technology in China

Vapourtec's premises at Fornham St Genevieve, near Bury St Edmunds.

Vapourtec's premises at Fornham St Genevieve, near Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Archant

Flow chemistry systems specialist Vapourtec has signed a pioneering three-year agreement with Nanjing University of Technology (NJUT) in China.

The partnership involves the establishment of a dedicated research lab at the Chinese university ? named the Vapourtec and Tegent NJUT Joint Research Centre for Micro-fluidics Technology ? to manufacture chemical compounds from bio-mass, using Vapourtec-manufactured technology including it R-series systems.

Professor Kai Guo from the NJUT’s College of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Engineering, said “The technology and knowledge of Vapourtec will play a vital role in the evolution of our new flow chemistry research laboratory and the partnership represents a major step forward in joint research activity.

“NJUT already has a well established joint degree programme link with Sheffield University’s Chemistry Department in which Chinese chemistry students spend their final year of studies in the UK.”

Duncan Guthrie, founder and managing director of Vapourtec, which is based at the Park Farm Business Centre at

Fornham St Genevieve, near Bury St Edmunds, said: “This is an industry first as far as we are aware and will see Vapourtec and our partner in China, Tegent sharing knowledge and resources with chemists at NJUT to develop the use and capability of flow chemistry processes in the Far East.

“It is the result of a long period of engagement with NJUT and represents a significant investment by both parties in the unlimited potential of green flow chemistry.

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“The Chinese have, for many centuries, been innovators in the field of Green Chemistry with the highly successful isolation in the 1980s of anti-malaria drug Artemisinin being a perfect demonstration of their capabilities.

“Their ancient wisdom and knowledge of plant properties and applications is now forming an important part of the planned flow chemistry research at Nanjing University of Technology,” added Duncan.

Vapourtec, which was founded in 2003, has established itself as a leading global manufacturers of flow chemistry systems for a wide range of industries across the world including education and pharmaceuticals.

Besides its development labs in Suffok, it has a regional office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It has received more than 100 citations within peer review publications, significantly more than any other player in the market.