Glad to see that C&E News is reporting who is still trying to get to the bottom of microwave effect and reaction rate acceleration. The June 16th issue of CENews mentioned that a group at Idaho State looked into studies on Buchwald-Hartwig amination reactions and their differences in reaction rates — thermal differences or microwave effects….http://cen.acs.org/articles/92/i24/Details-Microwave-Effects.html

The detailed account can be found: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11144-014-0733-z  Much of the rub is the discussion on the early differences in rates with subtle thermal differences between microwave and conventional thermal conditions. After detailed study, the group postulates that the two sets are actually in close agreement.

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