As a continuation from previous posts on selective microwave absorption from “solutes” in a non-polar or non-absorbing medium, Chemistry World has updated their information on the works out of FSU (Stiegman and Dudley). The experimental design is getting better and better — and still bears additional work. For me, it has been exiting to see approaches designed to go after an explanation of the hand-waving in rate of reaction acceleration. While I have spent a number of years looking at inorganic synthesis using microwave energy — there is still a question mark that goes off on hot-spot absorption in these nucleation events, where the temperature is clearly above the bulk temperature of the reaction media — and opens possibilities to create new morphologies over conventional heating.


Take a look through the links and read through papers on experimental design…..a bit more detailed than the next set of reaction libraries.