Solid state chemistry can be barbaric. While the molecular chemist elegantly assembles their structures under kinetic control, like a conductor cajoling an orchestra to produce beautiful music, the solid state chemist will more than likely mix the elements he wants and heat them as hot as he can. There are several categories of solid state synthesis that work by setting your reactants on fire. So far this hasn't caught on with the organic chemists. In this talk I'll discuss the various kinds of solid state synthesis why high temperatures are necessary, and how the search for higher temperatures has enabled new synthesis. Finally, in the past few years, new techniques that allow kinetic control of solid state structure assembly have been developed, maybe signalling a new era of sophistication in solid state synthesis.
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