• Matteo Written by Matteo Volpi, Application Specialist | 4 August 2022

Microwave extraction technology enables to process difficult matrices


The ACEA laboratory (acronym for Municipal Energy and Environment Company) performs SVOCs analysis on solid waste and it is equipped for organic pollutant testing with the latest instrumentation.
The previous adopted technique for the extraction process was Pressurized Liquid Extraction technique (PLE).
In this case study, you can read how ACEA gained advantages in terms of time-saving, application capabilities, maintenance costs and productivity on any kind of matrix, when adopting Milestone’s ETHOS X microwave technology instead of conventional extraction techniques for the determination of the following classes of compounds:
• Hydrocarbons
• PCBs
• PAHs
• Dioxins


Ethos X


Extraction of pollutants from solid matrices is often performed with techniques that limit the productivity and have high running costs. The ETHOS™ X with the fastEX-24eT rotor allows for simultaneous extraction of 24 samples in 40 minutes with minimal solvent usage. By using large volume disposable glass vials, the fastEX-24eT rotor simplifies handling and allows to achieve lower detection limits. Typical applications of microwave-assisted solvent extraction include chlorinated pesticides, semi-volatile organics, PAHs, PCBs, chlorinated herbicides, phenols, organophosphorus pesticides, dioxins and furans.
  • High throughput. 24 samples in 40 minutes.
  • Superior return of investment. Substantial reduction in solvent.
  • Simple handling. Disposable glass vials.
  • Consintency & Reproducibility. Consistent and reproducible results.
  • Safety & Reliability.