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Prof. Dr.  C. Oliver Kappe, Bartholomäus Pieber and Dr. Doris Dallinger Microwave Effects in Organic Synthesis: Myth or Reality? Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Version of Record online: 7 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201204103

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It's not magic! The effects observed in microwave-irradiated chemical transformations can in most cases be rationalized by purely bulk thermal phenomena associated with rapid heating to elevated temperatures. As discussed in this Essay, the existence of so-called nonthermal or specific microwave effects is highly doubtful.

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