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Temperature and Time Optimization of Diels-Alder Reactions in the CEM Microwave
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1  Department of Chemistry and Physics, Arkansas State University, PO Box 419, State University, AR 72467
2  Department of Chemistry, Morgan State University, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD. 21251

Abstract: Microwave organic chemistry is a novel technique which allows for the rapid high yield synthesis of products. As conventional syntheses are converted into microwave reactions, optimizations of these processes can help identify baseline parameters that are common in all microwave environments. Specifically, the optimizations of the Diels-Alder reactions, a common reaction in organic chemistry, were found to range between 5 and 10 minutes and 125 oC to 150 oC in the CEM microwave. This can be used as a baseline when an unknown Diels-Alder reaction is attempted.
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