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      4 Tips to Keep Your Solvent Evaporator in TipTop Shape

      February 25, 2021 at 2:00 AM / by Deanna Bissonnette posted in tech tips, solvent evaporation, evaporation systems, solvent drying, preventative maintenance

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      “I love doing maintenance. It’s the best part of my week” – said nobody ever. Let’s be honest. We all dread performing maintenance. Why? It’s boring. I’m a chemist and I’d rather spend my time using my instrument than maintaining it. It seems unnecessary. I’m a fan of what I call “sensory maintenance” – that water looks pretty clean, that pump sounds pretty good.

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      Are You Contaminating Your Samples During Evaporation?

      December 14, 2020 at 3:09 PM / by Deanna Bissonnette posted in tech tips, solvent evaporation

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      “Water in my extracts again?!?!”  How many of you have been in that position?  You’ve worked hard to extract your samples, you’ve dried your extracts to remove the last droplets of water from your organic solvent – only to add that water back in during your evaporation step!  There are fewer frustrating situations than losing a set of extracts in this manner.

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      7 Horrible Mistakes You’re Making with Solid Phase Extraction

      December 10, 2020 at 2:39 PM / by Maura Rury posted in Solvents, SPE solid phase extraction, solvent evaporation, application, drying extracts

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      Solid phase extraction (SPE) is a powerful sample preparation tool that makes it possible to extract semi-volatile organic compounds with varying physical and chemical properties. When used properly, this tool will simultaneously extract hundreds of analytes from the most challenging sample matrices. When used improperly – well, this tool can quickly become as effective as using a hammer to paint the walls in your house.

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      EPA Methods and the Use of Drying Techniques

      November 30, 2020 at 4:43 PM / by Deanna Bissonnette posted in SPE solid phase extraction, contamination, solvent evaporation, EPA Method, Drying, application, sodium sulfate

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      Do you ever tire of using sodium sulfate to dry your extracts? I know I do. That is why, whenever I get the chance to avoid using it, I do. The worst experience when using sodium sulfate is when you do not use enough of it, and the sodium sulfate reaches its maximum capacity leading to water breakthrough into your ‘what was supposed to be a dried extract.’ Then, you must dry the extract again with more sodium sulfate.

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