Empowering Student Learning with Modern Microwave Technology

Microwave enhanced chemistry has become an invaluable tool in industrial and research laboratories by decreasing reaction times, increasing purity, and providing automation solutions for chemical synthesis. These advantages can be applied to undergraduate lab activities to broaden the chemistry that is possible in the time frame of a lab experiment without sacrificing the opportunity to learn and improve lab technique. With a microwave reactor, not only are new reactions possible, but also new paradigms where upper level labs can realistically pursue more independent, student-driven projects made possible by the low reaction times and ease of use of microwave reactors.
This workshop will begin with a short review of microwave theory and an overview of the distinction between single and multi-mode microwave reactors in the laboratory. The workshop will also feature a pedagogical discussion of several lab experiments that have been adapted for microwave chemistry usage in general, organic, inorganic, and analytical chemistry courses. Attendants will have the opportunity for hands-on interaction with a dedicated microwave reactor following the discussion. This will be a chance to take part in a lab experiment designed to demonstrate how microwave technology can be incorporated into a lab setting. The participant will be able to perform the procedure in a lab environment and experience microwave chemistry.

Undergraduate Education
Graduate Education
Classroom Practice and Learning Environments
Cross-cutting Thread(s):
Sustainability/Green Chemistry

Matthew Kessler

Michael J. Karney