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Microwave Reactor (Biotage)

Biotage Microwave Reactor

Biotage Microwave Reactor is designed to enhance the ability to perform chemical reactions under controlled conditions on a laboratory scale. Microwave chemistry is based on the efficient heating of materials by “microwave dielectric heating” effects. This phenomenon is dependent on the ability of a specific material (solvent or reagent) to absorb microwave energy and convert it into heat. It accommodates 0.5 mL to 35 mL vessels with septa for reactions performed at elevated temperature and pressure. Primary uses of the Microwave Reactor are in discovery and lead optimization phases of the new product development process.

What conditions are appropriate when performing microwave synthesis? Biotage microwave systems support a wide variety of different reaction conditions, accommodating different solvents, volumes, concentrations and are characterized by reproducible results.

Microwave energy has long been used for polymer chemistry, both in monomer synthesis and polymerizations. It has been proven to reduce side reactions, shorten overall reaction time, and generate a better overall polymer yield. Microwave energy has been used for:

  • Free radical polymerization
  • Step-growth polymerizations
  • Living radical polymerization
  • Ring opening polymerizations
  • Sol-gel polymerizations
    .....And many more.......



Instrument: Initiator Eight Microwave System
Temperature: 60 – 250 °C. 
Pressure range: 0-20 bar
Power range: 0-300 W at 2.45 MHz
Agitation: Magnetic stirrer



MRL room 1043

Manufacturer's Info: 

1725 Discovery Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Telephone: 434-979-2319
Fax: 302-427-4041
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Instrument Information and/or Manual: 

PDF icon Manual72.62 KB
Office presentation icon Microwave R. training.ppt544 KB


Please contact Rachel Behrens (rachel [at] mrl [dot] ucsb [dot] edu) to schedule training. Before training starts please read the MANUAL and short presentation.