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Microwave assisted synthesis – a critical technology overview

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Since 1986, when Gedye and Giguere published their first articles in Tetrahedron Letters on microwave assisted syntheses in household microwave ovens, there has been a steadily growing interest in this research field. Since the use of microwaves comprises more than the simple application of a goal-oriented, innovative tool, it is crucial to be aware of the fundamentals of chemistry in the microwave field before investigating challenging reaction mechanisms. Therefore, the following overview focuses mostly on reaction engineering in the microwave field. Parallel reactions and scale-up are also discussed. The last section of this review is dedicated to the development of experimentally sound protocols on microwave-assisted syntheses and separations, which are illustrated through experiments.

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The article was received on 29 Aug 2003, accepted on 12 Feb 2004 and first published on 26 Feb 2004

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/B310502D
Citation: Green Chem., 2004,6, 128-141
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    Microwave assisted synthesis – a critical technology overview

    M. Nüchter, B. Ondruschka, W. Bonrath and A. Gum, Green Chem., 2004, 6, 128
    DOI: 10.1039/B310502D

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