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Microwave syntheses of inorganic materials

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  • Prof. D. Michael P. Mingos

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    1. Department of Chemistry Imperial College, University of London South Kensington, London SW7 2AY (UK)
    • Department of Chemistry Imperial College, University of London South Kensington, London SW7 2AY (UK)
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Abstract

Microwave processing is a relatively new technique for chemical syntheses, and it is proving to be more widely applicable than could have been imagined even just five years ago. After a brief introduction to the theory, this article presents the advantages of microwave dielectric heating and discusses applications to solid-state oxides, superconductors, fine metal powders, and semiconductors. The speed of the reaction is often impressive, and the phenomenon of “thermal runaway”, despite its name, can be helpful rather than a nuisance.

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