Microwave Synthesis

Microwave synthesis has become the method of choice for many chemists and biochemists for a multitude of reactions for one reason: it simply works better. Reactions that took hours, or even days, to complete can now be performed in minutes with better yields and cleaner chemistries.

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Microwave Chemistry Made Fast and Easy with the Discover SP
An in-depth discussion of recent advances in microwave synthesis that have increased the variety of chemistry applications. Learn how microwave energy accelerates chemical transformations, exciting new uses for microwave-enhanced chemistry, including the use of the ActiVent technology, and how microwave technology can be applied to your chemistry.

Featured Articles

by Jacob Hunt, Anthony Ferrari, Adrian Lita, Mark Crosswhite, Bridgett Ashley, and A. E. Stiegman*
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida State University
Microwave chemistry enabling the synthesis of biologically relevant amines
by John Spencer, Reader in Medicinal Chemistry,
University of Greenwich, UK


Related Literature

Green Organic Chemistry in Lecture and Laboratory
Editor(s): Andrew Dicks, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CRC Press

The last decade has seen a huge interest in green organic chemistry, particularly as chemical educators look to “green” their undergraduate curricula. Detailing published laboratory experiments and proven case studies, this book discusses concrete examples of green organic chemistry teaching approaches from both lecture/seminar and practical perspectives. The experienced contributors address such topics as the elimination of solvents in the organic laboratory, organic reactions under aqueous conditions, organic reactions in non-aqueous media, greener organic reagents, waste management/recycling strategies, and microwave technology as a greener heating tool. This reference allows instructors to directly incorporate material presented in the text into their courses.

Microwave synthesis is an important technique for facilitating drug discovery, polymer science, chemical and materials research. It reduces reaction times from days to minutes, increases yields, and in many cases, produces cleaner reactions. It allows access to new reaction schemes, which are not possible using conventional heating.

Related Products

CEM’s innovative, modular Discover Series offers the most versatile line of instruments for microwave synthesis with a variety of options and accessories to support a wide range of research.


Discover SP/Explorer SP
Microwave Synthesis Systems

The Discover Series of single-mode microwave synthesizers are available with a variety of options and accessories, including automation. They are used for research scale reactions with volumes up to 75 mL.

Discover SP Accessories

Experience the benefits of microwave-enhanced reaction rates in a system designed for low-temperature synthesis. Perform any temperature-sensitive reactions including carbohydrate chemistry, eliminations, substitutions, formation of carbanions and other highly reactive intermediates.

Discover Gas Addition
Perform hydrogenations, carbonylations, or any reaction that requires a gaseous reagent.


MARS 6 Synthesis
Microwave Synthesis System

The best-selling MARS 6 features a large multimode cavity, which allows for synthesis at scales up to a 5L round-bottom flask or parallel synthesis using a multi-vessel turntable.