Microwave synthesis offers a number of benefits for teaching organic chemistry and increases the effectiveness of the laboratory setting and subsequent analytical analysis, such as product analysis by 1H NMR, LC-MS and melting point identification.
Faster Reaction Speeds
Compared to reactions that take hours and days to complete, microwaves can be used to heat reaction solvents far above their boiling points in a closed systems for completion in minutes. In fact, multiple reactions can be run in parallel and on a small scale to provide an efficient and cost effective way.
Since reaction rates are much faster and transition state barriers are overcome much easier, higher yields are obtained. This enables substrates to react along the desired reaction pathway with high efficiency with less side reaction products formed during the process.
With the appropriate vessel and rotor choice, students will consume much less solvent than traditional laboratory set-ups. This can be coupled with a better choice in solvent or reactions performed in water which will drive students to thinking in a more environmentally friendly manner.
Paramount to using microwave technology, reaction control, instrumentation design, and reaction reproducibility are critical to performance and ultimately to a students learning process. Milestone’s industrial microwave design, control interface, and safety features provide the safest environment and most control for students use in a laboratory setting.