Atmospheric Pressure Reactions with Microwave Speed in the MARS 6 Synthesis and Discover

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Introduction

CEM’s line of microwave synthesizers, including the Discover® and MARS 6 Synthesis units, all feature the open vessel synthesis option. This option allows for microwave chemistry to be performed at atmospheric pressure either at or below the boiling point of the solvent, enabling fast reaction times without all the potential issues of running sealed vessels. There are several advantages to performing chemistry under open vessel conditions:

  • Use standard laboratory glassware
    (No special vessels required)
  • Larger operating scale
    (Generate more product than in sealed vessels)
  • No concern about pressure
    (Overall safer method than sealed vessels)
  • Easy access to the reaction mixture
    (Easily add or remove reagents during the reaction)