By Jay Oakley
Solvent removal is an essential process for sample preparation across a range of applications in many industries. Many sample formats and solvents are used with no single technique providing a universal solution, but despite the variety of specifics evaporation is well-understood and relatively uncomplicated.
But while evaporation is an intrinsic step in so many applications it’s rare to find an evaporation expert in a laboratory, and many facilities use systems that are slow and cumbersome simply because they have always been used. With the technologies available today there is no reason why evaporation should be either complex or me-intensive, and changing practices can result in benefits in throughput and quality of results.
This guide has been written to provide advice on how solvent evaporation and concentration can be made simple, safe, efficient and effective.