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Microwave Enhancement of Chemical and Physical Reactions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 February 2011

Glenn E. Fanslow*
EE and CprE. Coover Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
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Examples of the effects of microwave processing are presented that suggest that microwave ‘heating’ creates higher excitation levels and increased chemical and physical reactions within a material than would be expected if the only change that had been produced by the microwaves was a rise in temperature. The examples include a chemical coal-cleaning process. the destruction of coronene in alcohol, heating of high-temperature superconducting compounds. and a microwaveinduced photovoltaic effect.

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 1991

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