Title: Understanding the Advantages of Microwave Extraction Technology for Environmental Laboratories

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour


Environmental laboratories face numerous challenges to stay competitive in today’s market. Increasing productivity while keeping costs down is imperative. Traditional extraction methods such as Soxhlet and sonication, which are time consuming and labor intensive, are still being used for the extraction of water-insoluble or slightly water soluble organic compounds from soils, clays, sediments, sludges, and solid waste. With the introduction of EPA method 3546, laboratories can now implement the use of microwave technology for the extraction of semivolatile organic compounds, organophosphorus and organochlorine pesticides, chlorinated and phenoxyacid herbicides, substituted phenols, PCBs and PCDDs/PCDFs from solid matrices. The use of microwave technology results in a fast, safe and more efficient extraction.

In this webcast, a technical director at an environmental testing laboratory will share her experience with microwave extraction technology and the advantages of high sample throughput, minimal solvent usage, and ease of use.

 Alicia Labare, Organics Technical Director, EnviroTest

Alicia received her BS in Chemistry from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1984 and has over 26 years of environmental laboratory experience, including 20+ years instrumental experience with GC/MS, GC/ECD, NPD and FPD detectors to include the following EPA methodologies: 8270D, 8081B/8082A, 8151A, 8260C, 625, 608, 624, 504 as well as pesticide residue methods. She has experience in organic preparation methods in a variety of matrices: water, soil and drinking water using the following appropriate methodologies 8081B/8082A, 8270D, 8140 (3510C, 3546), 608, 625, 552.2, 504, 1664A and 5540C as well as a variety of pesticide residue methods. Her current responsibilities include management of the Organic Prep department as well as oversight of secondary data review for the volatiles department. Additional responsibilities include the analysis of water and soil samples for semi-volatiles.

 Joyce Kirchgasser, Product Manager, Milestone

Joyce received her BS in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Montana in 1987. She has over 20 years’ experience in Analytical Chemistry, Quality Control and Laboratory Operations in various industries including pharmaceutical and specialty chemical manufacturing. Her experience includes: method development and data acquisition and interpretation on a variety of analytical instruments including HPLC, GC, GPC, FTIR, NMR and UV/VIS. Her current responsibilities at Milestone include managing the Mercury and Organic Chemistry line including Extraction. She works closely with customers and provides technical and applications support for sales and marketing.