Undergraduate student research in microwave-promoted organic syntheses

By participating in a workshop sponsored by the "Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences" at Miami University (Ohio) in 2005, much was added to my knowledge and interest in microwave. This participation seemed to make my university more willing to buy a microwave instrument. I picked the Biotage Initiator model. Using it, I have been mentoring the research of undergraduate students in microwave-promoted organic syntheses. The students experience microwave as having far more potential than conventional heating. Some of the specific reactions they have done/are doing, will be presented and discussed.
Douglas Armstrong, Prof., PhD
Author Affiliation: 
Department of Physical Sciences Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais Illinois United States