Laboratories performing environmental, food, and biopharmaceutical testing can now increase productivity, reduce errors, and minimize personnel time and solvent use with a new, all-in-one, automated chromatography sample preparation system.
The new Thermo Scientific EXTREVA ASE Accelerated Solvent Extractor automatically extracts and concentrates analytes of interest from solid and semi-solid samples, such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) or pesticides, in a single instrument, eliminating manual sample transfer for a walk-away sample-to-vial workflow.
The system also performs four sample extractions and concentrations in parallel, aimed at significantly improving sample throughput and laboratory productivity. With manual intervention significantly reduced by a factor of three, in some cases, results can be more accurate and reliable—allowing users more time to focus on value-added tasks. Analytical labs extracting from solid or semi-solid matrices can pair the sample prep instrument with gas chromatography (GC), GC-mass spectrometry (MS) or liquid chromatography (LC)-MS systems.
“Traditional sample preparation for chromatography with solid or semi-solid samples is labor-intensive, prone to errors and can stifle lab productivity,” says Dino Alfano, vice president and general manager, ion chromatography and sample preparation, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “Even with current automation solutions, the process can involve time-consuming manual navigation of multiple instruments. By seamlessly performing sample extraction and evaporation of four samples in parallel, the EXTREVA ASE system redefines this cumbersome workflow. Streamlining workflows allows our customers to reduce manual sample preparation steps from hours to minutes, thereby increasing their productivity, minimizing errors, and dramatically reducing solvent use; ultimately helping them meet sustainability and cost goals.”
Matthew MacLennan, director, LC/MS/MS DevOps, Pacific Rim Laboratories, added, “We are looking to innovate our processes with technologies that will enable us to extract the most difficult and complex matrices with ease. EXTREVA ASE does just that for our POPs extractions.”