is the largest provider of laboratory microwaves worldwide, with over 35 years of experience designing and building laboratory microwave systems.  We are headquartered in the United States with subsidiaries located in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, and Japan; our presence reaches around the globe with distributors in over 50 countries.  We proudly design and manufacture our systems in one location, yielding superior quality, performance, and reliability.
With instruments placed in over 1000 universities and academic institutions, CEM has the experience and knowledge to help you turn students in to scientists.  Explore CEM's areas of expertise below to determine which instruments best meet your teaching and/or research needs.

The Discover SP is a single mode microwave reactor that is ideal for teaching laboratories at academic institutions or research laboratories performing initial investigative syntheses and chemistry optimization. The Discover SP:
  • Is suited for smaller class sizes of individual students or larger class sizes of student pairs
  • Accommodates accessories enabling the use of gaseous reagents, sub-ambient reaction temperatures, flow chemistry, and camera for reaction viewing
  • Can be outfitted with automation for "hands free" operation during laboratory sessions
The MARS 6 Synthesis reactor is a multimode microwave system well suited for the teaching laboratory. It can also be used in research settings when large scale experiments or chemistry requiring non-glass vessels are perfomred.  The MARS 6 Synthesis:
  • Performs reactions in parallel, accommodating up to 36 vessels run at one time
  • Is ideal for general, organic, inorganic, or analytical chemistry (digestion/extraction)
  • Features on-board videos to train students on proper vessel and instrument use
CEM scientific microwaves provide users with the safety and reproducibility demanded by teaching and research laboratories.  Every microwave is built with a reinforced cavity which is both chemical resistant and explosion tested. These easy to use systems feature intuitive software, providing instruments that can be utilized in both teaching and research laboratories.  Efficient data management makes it easy to export information for laboratory reports or journal publication.  Accurate temperature, power, and pressure measurement and feedback provide complete user control over reaction conditions.  Additionally, stirring and specially tuned cavities contribute to homogeneous temperatures throughout reaction vessels.


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  • Teaching & Experiments
    • LabExpCover.jpgLaboratory Experiments Using Microwave Heating

      Authors: Nicholas E. Leadbeater & Cynthia B. McGowan
      Publication Date: 2013

      Laboratory Experiments Using Microwave Heating provides 22 experiments encompassing organic, inorganic, and analytical chemistry performed using microwave heating as a tool, making them fast and easy to accomplish in a laboratory period.  Utilizing the time-saving experiments described in this book also permits students to repeat experiments if necessary or attempt additional self-designed experiments during the lab course.

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    • book_cover_andydicks.jpgGreen Organic Chemistry in Lecture and Laboratory

      Editor: Andrew P. Dicks
      Publication Date: 2011

      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.  Click here to order
    • Lab-Manual-image.pngClean, Fast Organic Chemistry: Microwave-Assisted Laboratory Experiment

      Authors: Nicholas E. Leadbeater & Cynthia B. McGowan
      Publication Date: 2006

      Clean, Fast Organic Chemistry: Microwave Assisted Laboratory Experiments is the first undergraduate laboratory manual for teaching microwave-assisted organic synthesis.  Co-authors Nicholas E. Leadbeater, of the University of Connecticut, and Cynthia B. McGowan, of Merrimack College, have incorporated microwave synthesis techniques into their own teaching curriculum and developed a series of experiments specifically for college classes.  All experiments are designed for use with CEM instruments.View Flyer Here Contact yourCEM representative to order
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    • book_cover_.jpgPractical Functional Group Synthesis 

      Author: Robert A. Stockland, Jr.
      Publication Date: 2015

      A practical handbook for chemists performing bond forming reactions, this book features useful information on the synthesis of common functional groups in organic chemistry.

      • Details modern functional group synthesis through carbon-heteroelement (N, O, P, S, B, halogen) bond forming reactions with a focus on operational simplicity and sustainability.

      • Summarizes key and recent developments – which are otherwise scattered across journal literature – into a single source

      • Contains over 100 detailed preparations of common functional groups

      • Included 25 troubleshooting guides with suggestions and potential solutions to common problems.

      • Complements the text in enhanced ebook editions with tutorial videos where the author provides an introduction to microwave assisted chemistry.
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    • 3527331972.jpgMicrowaves in Nanoparticle Synthesis: Fundamentals and Applications

      Editors: Satoshi Horikoshi & Nick Serpone
      Publication Date: 2013

      For the first time, this comprehensive handbook presents the emerging field of microwave technology for the synthesis of nanoparticles. Divided into three parts - fundamentals, methods, and applications - it covers topics including microwave theory, scale-up, microwave plasma synthesis, characterization, and more.  This offers both an important volume for academic researchers, and a resource for those in industry exploring the applications of nanoparticles in semiconductors, electronics, catalysis, sensors, and more.
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    • 3527331166.jpgMicrowaves in Organic Synthesis, 2 Volume Set, 3rd Edition

      Editors: Antonio de la Hoz & Andre Loupy
      Publication Date: 2013

      The third edition of the bestselling two-volume reference covers everything you need to know about microwave technology for synthesis.  Completely revised an dupdated, this comprehensive work is clearly divided into four parts on the fundamentals, methodology, combination of enabling technologies, and applications.  Also new to this edition are chapters examining on-line monitoring, flow chemistry, combination with ultrasound and natural products (indluding multicomponent reactions.)  An indispensable source for organic, catalytic, physical, and medicinal chemists.
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    • 9781439812693.jpgMicrowave Heating as a Tool for Sustainable Chemistry

      Editor: Nicholas E. Leadbeater
      Publication Date: 2010

      Shorter reaction times, higher product yields, and enhanced selectivity are some of the advantages microwave headint has over conventional methods, chausing its use to transition from a curiosity to mainstream, both in industrial and academic swettings.  Microwave Heating as a tool for Sustainable Chemistry showcases the application of microwave heating in a number of areas of preparative chemistry as well as in the biosciences.
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    • book_cover_.jpgMicrowave Synthesis: Chemistry at the Speed of Light 

      Author: Brittany L. Hayes
      Publication Date: 2002

      In the first book ever written on microwave-assisted synthesis, Hayes explains the fundamentals of microwave theory, using microwave energy to perform organic synthesis, method development, and more. The book includes many charts and reactions, tips on choosing the right solvent, and optimizing reactions.  Contact your CEM representative to order
    • Química en microondas 

      By Rafeal Martínez Palou, PhD
      Publication Date: 2006
      (Only available in Spanish on CD)
      Dr. Martínez Palou discusses microwave theory, conventional versus microwave chemist, the benefits of using microwave energy to drive various chemical transformations, and more...
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