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Dean Sheard
Tue Aug 31 2010, 06:43PM
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I'm am planning to perform a MW synthesis using diethylene glycol monomethyl ether but was curious to know what other high boiling point solvents I could use that would act the same under MW conditions. Does anyone have experience using glycol ethers as solvents? The reaction would be run at 180 degrees for 10 mins.
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Fri Sep 17 2010, 04:39AM
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Glycol ethers have been extensively used as reducing agents in the synthesis of various types of nanomaterials, such as metal oxides and silver.  These are a couple of references that might assist you, but basically they work well at high temperatures.  They are moderate microwave absorbers, so the reagents used will have to be microwave absorbing-meaning they will have to be polar or ionic if you want to get to high temperatures.  I've used DEG and PEG up to 300 C for synthesizing bimetallic iron species and EG at 180 C for synthesizing silver nanoparticles.  Glycol ethers are easy to work with, but do put off a small odor after being heated to high temperatures.
J. Phys. Chem. C 2007, 111, 3920 –3926
Cryst.  Growth Des. 2008, 8, 291 – 295.
Adv. Mater. 2008, 20, 4848 – 4850

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Dean Sheard
Thu Sep 23 2010, 01:55AM
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Thanks Keller my synthesis worked quite well and those references regarding glycol ethers will come in handy for my final report.
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henry perez
Sat Nov 12 2011, 01:16AM
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Did you performed the reaction at 180 degrees for 10 minutes.

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