Acceleration of reaction by microwave irradiation

Hidetoshi Tokuyama, Masaharu Nakamura

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Among non-conventional stimulations to accelerate organic reactions, high-pressure, ultrasound irradiation, and microwave irradiation are representative methods and are now becoming more and more popular in laboratories. This review focuses on organic reactions under microwave irradiation since this technique has attracted broad range of interest from the scientific and practical viewpoints. After the brief description on the historical and theoretical backgrounds of the dielectric heating, microwave effects, practical aspects of microwave heating (choice of solvent and microwave reactors), scope, and limitations of microwave-assisted synthetic reactions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-528
Number of pages6
JournalYuki Gosei Kagaku Kyokaishi/Journal of Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005 May


  • Heterocyclic compound
  • Microwave
  • Natural products
  • Solid phase synthesis
  • Transition metal catalyst


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