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Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 73, No. 1, pp. 161-166 (2001)

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Vol. 73, Issue 1

Reactivity and selectivity under microwaves in organic chemistry. Relation with medium effects and reaction mechanisms*

André Loupy1, Laurence Perreux1, Marion Liagre1, Karine Burle2, and Michel Moneuse2

1Laboratoire des Réactions Sélectives Sur Supports, Université Paris Sud, bâtiment 410, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France; 2EDF, R&D, Site des Renardières, 77818 Moret-sur-Loing Cedex, France

Abstract: Typical applications of solvent-free conditions and microwave activation are described. Non-purely thermal specific effects are evidenced and discussed in terms of reaction medium and mechanisms, taking into account the variations in polarity of the systems.

* Lectures presented at the International Symposium on Green Chemistry, Delhi, India, 10-13 January 2001. Other presentations are published in this issue, pp. 77-203.
** Corresponding author: Fax:+33 1 69 15 46 79; E-mail: [email protected]

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