IKA awarded the 2018 Red Dot Design Award for ElectraSyn 2.0

IKA’s ElectraSyn 2.0’s clean-slate design combines a potentiostat, an analytical device, and a magnetic stirrer into one package.

This system marks a step towards the mainstream adoption of electrochemistry in organic synthesis. The benefits speak for themselves:

  • Sustainable and reproducible reaction processes
  • Consistent yields
  • Reduced chemical reagents
  • Less chemical waste

Synthetic organic electrochemistry is a sustainable and environmentally friendly sector.

A singular focus 

ElectraSyn 2.0 was developed over a three year period. The combination of two branches of chemistry that normally have little in common was facilitated by a unique collaboration between René Stiegelmann, the owner of IKA, and Phil S. Baran, a world-renowned professor at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California (US).

Engineers and organic chemists worked hand-in-hand in the development of a product that combines the best of electrochemical science with the precise needs and desires of synthetic organic chemists.

An electrifying design 

Phil Baran describes the development of the new product as: “The culmination of years of research at the crossroads of engineering and synthesis”.

Electrochemistry is not new for IKA – it developed and patented an apparatus in the 1920s. ElectraSyn 2.0 was developed by an international team of engineers and chemists. Alongside the ingenious technical solution, special emphasis was placed on high quality, durability and an intuitive design, which is now recognised by the Red Dot Design Award.

A patent has been filed for the product and ElectraSyn 2.0 has successfully been on the market since August 2017.

Democratising electrochemistry  

The completely modular ElectraSyn 2.0 system enables users, with and without electrochemistry experience, to develop and explore new electrochemical reactions and transformations – thereby obliterating the previous large barrier to entry in this area.

It provides ideal experimental conditions thanks to Smart Assist, and it can be used as both a potentiostat and a galvanostat. It enables the analysis of samples using cyclic voltammetry, digital recording of the experiment and ensures optimal reproducibility. All parameters can be monitored and obtained through the IKA ElectraSyn App. Additional benefits include a large selection of electrodes, sustainable and cost-effective synthesis paths, maximum process safety, mixing with a magnetic stirrer, control using Labworldsoft 6.0, and regular improvements with software updates.

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