Microwave Chemistry Online Course & Certificate

20 contact hours
Used For:
2 Continuing Education Units
Course and Certificate:

Microwave chemistry is an alternative approach to conduction heating, and has proved to be a highly effective heating source in chemical reactions. Irradiation uses direct interaction between the heated object and an applied electromagnetic field to generate heat. This heating mechanism can accelerate the reaction rate, provide better yields and uniform and selective heating, and achieve greater reproducibility of reactions.

Microwave Chemistry is a course that provides a comprehensive overview of microwave theory and how to apply this to leading research and industrial applications. This courses also discusses in depth detail on cutting edge uses for this technology, advantages/ disadvantages, scale up potential, and outlook for the future. 

After completing Microwave Chemistry students will be equipped with a basic understanding of the following:

  • microwave theory
  • microwave effects
  • research and industrial applications
  • scale up
  • intellectual property


The course is designed for anyone interested in knowing more about practical uses of Microwave Chemistry for various applications. A basic understanding of chemistry and physics is recommended but not required.


 Students will be assigned 5 homework assignments, and 1 final exam. 


Microwave Theory

  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Mechanism
  • Interactions

Microwave Effects

  • Thermal effects
  • Specific microwave effects
  • Non-thermal effects

Conventional vs. microwave heating


  • Analytical chemistry
  • Chemical synthesis
  • Pharmaceutical synthesis
  • Biofuels


  • Batch processes
  • Continuous processes
  • Suppliers
  • Economics


Intellectual Property


 This course is Instructor-led and delivered through our award-winning online Learning Management System.