The new Milestone flexiWAVE is a flexible microwave synthesis platform.
It is a common misconception that a laboratory microwave is just a microwave and that there are very few differences between systems. We have incorporated in the new flexiWAVE our vision of the future, our passion, and our knowledge, with the ultimate goal of helping chemists. The new Milestone flexiWAVE overcomes the limitation of conventional microwave synthesis devices, as it consists of a single microwave platform that, in combination with specific accessories, allows the chemists to perform classic glassware and high-pressure synthesis, as well as solid-phase reactions.
The flexiWAVE has been thought and engineered as a ‘microwave platform’, where all types of commonly used glassware could be used. This clearly results in a very flexible system, with a wide range of applications capabilities. The Classic Glassware setup, for instance, provides the suitable apparatus for a full reaction optimization, for research or teaching purposes. It allows the chemists to perform synthetic reactions under reflux and, in this manner, any chemical reaction currently carried out with hot plates, heating mantles or oil baths, could be rapidly improved by adopting microwave technology.
Stubborn reactions are typically carried out in refluxing conditions, using high boiling solvents such as xylenes, 1,2-dichlorobenzene and N-methyl pyrrolidone. High boiling solvents are then difficult to remove upon workup, especially as reaction scale increases. The High-Pressure setup is capable of replacing reflux devices, moving from high boiling solvents to low boiling solvents. Moreover, high temperature reactions (up to 300°C) are allowed. The benefits are well known and documented in terms of easier work-up and products purity. Up to 15 high-pressure vessels may be used simultaneously for parallel synthesis.
Heating heterogeneous reaction mixtures, thick media or solid phase systems suffers of inhomogeneous temperature distribution and stirring difficulties using conventional microwave instruments. The innovative Solid-Phase setup offers the unique capability of physically rotate the reaction vessel, to achieve very homogenous bulk heating of slurries, viscous and solid reaction mixtures media. The reaction temperature is controlled by a contact-less infrared sensor. Furthermore, the Solid-Phase setup allows operations under normal atmosphere, inert gas, and vacuum. Functionalization and modifications of materials, polycondensation, coating, dehydration of natural oils are some of the most common area of application.
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Features of flexiWAVE
- Reactions completed in minutes instead of hours
- Enhanced selectivity
- Improved yields
- Lower by-products formation and contamination
- Reduced energy consumption
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