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, Volume: 22( 2) DOI: 10.37532/0974-7419.2022.22(2).178

Molecules with and without Polarity in Microwave Chemistry

Peter Lucas*

Peter Lucas Managing Editor, Analytical Chemistry: An Indian Journal, Hampshire, UK, E-mail:

Received: February 6, 2022, Manuscript No. tsac-22- 71747; Editor assigned: February 7, 2022, PreQC No. tsac-22-71747 (PQ); Reviewed: February 21, 2022, QC No. tsac-22-71747 (Q); Revised: February 22, 2022, Manuscript No. tsac-22-71747 (R); Published date: February 26, 2022. doi: 10.37532/0974-7419.2022.22(2).178

Citation: Lucas P. Molecules with and without Polarity in Microwave Chemistry. Anal Chem Ind J. 2022;22(2):178.


The study of chemical reactions that include microwave radiation is known as microwave chemistry. By functioning as high frequency electric fields, microwaves may be used to heat any material that has mobile electric charges, such as polar molecules in a fluid or conducting ions in a solid. Because the molecules that make up polar solvents are compelled to spin with the field and lose energy in collisions, the solvents get hotter. Electrical resistance in semiconducting or conducting materials results in energy loss when ions or electrons generate an electric current. Despite the fact that microwave heating in chemical modification dates back to the 1950s, it was only until studies published in 1986 that microwave heating in the laboratory began to get general recognition. Conventional heating involves heating the reactor's walls through conduction or convection using a furnace or an oil bath. For instance, it takes a lot longer for the core of a big sample of ceramic bricks to reach the necessary temperature.


Microwave radiations; Electric field; Resistance


By acting as an internal heat source, microwave absorption may heat the target compounds without also heating the furnace or oil bath, which saves time and energy. Additionally, it may heat thin objects more uniformly by heating their entire volume rather than just the surface. Due to the design of the majority of microwave ovens and the uneven absorption by the object being heated, the microwave field is typically not uniform, and localised superheating results. Uneven absorption is solved by microwave volumetric heating by offering a strong, uniform microwave field. A heterogeneous system (one that consists of many substances or phases) may be anisotropic when the loss tangents of the constituents are taken into consideration. As a result, different parts of the system are anticipated to experience varied rates of heat conversion from microwave field energy. Due to the inhomogeneous energy dissipation, it is possible to selectively heat different parts of the material, which might not produce temperature gradients. However, the presence of zones with a greater temperature than others must be made known to the processes for transferring heat across domains. Where the rate of heat transmission between system domains is great, hot patches would not exist for very long because the components would soon reach thermal equilibrium. Additionally, it is essential for processing several reactions at once or when scaling up reactions that need for the same heating conditions.

Many early researches in microwave chemistry hypothesised that certain molecules or functional groups within molecules may be activated in a system with a slow heat transmission. However, such molecular hot spots cannot occur in typical laboratory conditions because the time it takes for thermal energy to be partitioned from such moieties is far shorter than the length of a microwave pulse. The oscillations induced by the radiation in these target molecules would be quickly transmitted by collisions with neighbouring molecules, bringing them to thermal equilibrium at the same moment. Processes in the solid phase act somewhat differently. The risk of stationary hot-spots should be taken into account in this case since much higher heat transmission resistances are involved. Although it has been noted in the literature, many individuals believe that the distinction between the two categories of hot spots is arbitrary. Macroscopic hot spots are all enormous non-isothermal volumes that may be identified and quantified with optical pyrometers. These techniques can be used to observe thermal in homogeneities inside solid phases when exposed to microwave radiation. At the molecular, micro, and nano-scales, non-isothermal regions exist. The distinction, however, is irrelevant since post-mortem methods have discovered tiny hotspots that are comparable to those hypothesized to explain catalyst activity in a variety of gas-phase catalytic events. The use of MW heating in heterogeneous catalysis processes has not been completely studied due to the presence of metals in supported catalysts and the possibility of arcing events in the presence of flammable solvents. However, this situation is improbable when metal catalysts are the size of nanoparticles.

In chemical processes, microwave radiation has shown to be a very efficient source of heating. Microwaves can improve yields; produce uniform and targeted heating, increase reaction repeatability, and aid in the creation of cleaner synthetic pathways. Microwave heating is a very effective and energy-saving procedure. This is so that less energy is used as only the sample is heated by microwaves, not the equipment. The employment of microwave radiation in the ashing process is a common illustration. The average energy cost is greatly reduced by microwave ashing systems, which can achieve temperatures of over 800°C in only 50 min and do away with the protracted heating-up times associated with traditional electrical resistance furnaces. While oil-heated tubes first heat the reaction mixture in direct contact with the vessel wall, then the reaction mixture in contact with the bulk of the vessel, microwave radiation, in contrast to conventional heating methods, provides uniform heating throughout a reaction mixture and raises the temperature of the entire volume simultaneously (bulk heating). There is always a temperature differential between the walls and the solvent in an oil bath due to the dispersed heating. The solvent is heated uniformly during microwave heating because only the solvent and solute particles are excited. This feature enables the chemist to position reaction containers wherever within the microwave oven's cavity. Additionally, it is essential for processing several reactions at once or when scaling up reactions that need for the same heating conditions.

Without a doubt, microwaves may be employed to great advantage in the synthesis of organic compounds; the "in situ" creation of heat is quite effective and can be used to drastically shorten the reaction durations of many synthetically relevant organic transformations. As a result, microwave aided organic synthesis is superior to conventional technology in that it uses less energy and can increase isolated yields of products.

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