Historically, liquid/solid solvent extraction has involved rows of solvent-hungry Soxhlet systems or slow, sequentially pressurized units that process 1 sample every 20 minutes. This all changed with the introduction of microwave assisted solvent extraction, a proven method and technique accepted by government agencies and professional organizations world wide. Microwave solvent extraction decreases extraction times, reduces solvent consumption, improves extraction efficiency, and assists in the increase in productivity of your laboratory.
Closed-vessel microwave solvent extraction helps reduce solvent usage, aiding in the green chemistry initiatives that most international laboratories have adopted. The CEM MARS 6 Microwave System can perform over 500 microwave extractions using the same amount of solvent normally consumed for only 32 Soxhlet extractions.
Methods that involve non-polar solvents, which are microwave transparent, can be performed easily with CEM’s Carboflon® stir bars without any change to a laboratory’s current solvent techniques.