Binner, Jon G. P.; Price, Duncan M.; Reading, Mike; Vaidhyanathan, Bala; Hybrid microwave/conventionally heated calorimeter. Review of Scientific Instruments 76 (2005) 064902-1-4

The design and construction of a calorimeter in which the specimen may be heated by microwave radiation and/or hot air is described. The apparatus was used to examine the effect of microwave radiation on the melting of benzil (89C) and the solid-state phase transition of silver iodide (147C). Reproducibility of transition temperature determinations were within 1C. No changes were observed for benzil but silver iodide exhibited an apparent reduction in transition temperature to around 120C in the presence of microwaves, which increased with the level of microwave irradiation.

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