The organic chemistry undergraduate curriculum has evolved over the last 20 years into half name reaction and theory with a fair amount of instrument introduction for what students will see if they enter the workforce or go to graduate school in this area. I remember microscale chemistry was a push in my time simply to reduce the internal costs of solvents and reagents per student if you will — and we spent time on the NMR, TLC and IR analysis. Today much of this has changed. Having helped a number of universities incorporate microwave synthesis into their core teaching strategies has been a fun process, but it has also enabled teachers to spend their time aligning the material with technologies that a real once they move forward — but it doesn’t have to start from zero. There are a number of resources to build 4-5 lab days into microwave technology with the information at hand. Whether the university or mid-level teaching college using a small microwave footprint or a larger multimode system to cover up to 32-40 students in a single lab – it is out there. One of the newest and quickest resources I have come across is a Laboratory Experiments using Microwave Heating (Nicholas Leadbeater @ University of Connecticut and Cynthia McGowan @ Merrimack College): a step-by-step guide to understanding microwaves and a load of defined experiments — a real plug and play way for any institution to grab hold of new technology and provide a great positive growth to our organic chemistry community. Take a look into the book for a low price point as an avenue into microwave chemistry.

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