Evaporators and condensers are invaluable tools in settings such as organic and food and beverage labs where specific compounds need to be extracted from a solution. These instruments use heating and cooling to separate components based on differences in boiling point.
5 Questions to Ask When Purchasing an Evaporator or Condenser
- What types of samples will you be preparing? Is your sample heat-sensitive?
- Can more than one sample be processed at a time?
- What are the heating and cooling capabilities of the instrument?
- Can the instrument be pre-programmed with the evaporation protocol?
- Does it have sensors that will detect temperature and make adjustments if needed?
Evaporators and condensers operate at very high temperatures. When operating these instruments, take care and wear the proper protective equipment to prevent burns or scalding. Coated glassware should also be used with these instruments to prevent glass breakage and exposure to potentially dangerous solvents.
When you are finished with your evaporation or condensation, empty the collection flask and clean it thoroughly. Leaving solvents in the collection flask for prolonged periods may lead to degradation or corrosion of the instrument over time. When cleaning your flasks, inspect them thoroughly for any signs of chipping or cracking. Always replace any damaged flasks to prevent them from breaking while in use.
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