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Microwave Chemistry in Silicon Carbide Reaction Vials: Separating Thermal from Nonthermal Effects


  • This work was supported by a grant from the Christian Doppler Society (CDG). We acknowledge Anton Paar GmbH for the provision of the Monowave microwave reactor and technical support and thank Dr. Jennifer M. Kremsner for early contributions to this work.


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Running oil-bath chemistry in a microwave! Using reaction vials made out of strongly microwave-absorbing silicon carbide (SiC) in a microwave reactor simulates experiments conducted in an autoclave with conductive heating because of the efficient shielding of the electromagnetic field by the SiC vial. This technology makes it possible to study the significance of microwave effects.