The advent of microwave sample preparation has brought a new dimension to analytical methodology.
However, it is very important to bring this technology to the
laboratory incorporating as many safety features as possible.
Here are just a few of things you need to think about when using microwave radiation.

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The safety of practitioners of microwave enhanced chemistry is of great concern to the authors and contributors of this site. To that end an entire chapter of the new ACS Professional Reference Text has been placed on the web. It will appear as soon as the book is published. In addition to the general safety information about microwave chemical safety, each of the case studies of accidents that exemplify potential problems have been captured into 17 case studies. The chapter has been written to permit its expansion so that safety information will not go out of date and it will permit the continuous addition of new safety situations that may arrise and their solutions.


Kingston, H. M. 'Skip'; Walter, P.J.; Engelhart, Gary W.; Parsons, Patrick J. "Chemical Laboratory Microwave Safety" Chapter 16, in Microwave Enhanced Chemistry: Fundamentals, Sample Preparation, and Applications, ACS Professional Reference Book Series, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 1997.

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Last Modified Tuesday, December 11, 2001

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