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Safety and reliability
It is well known that mercury and its multiple forms are critical contaminants to the environment with severe consequences for food chain and humans. The determination of trace levels of Hg is a must and frequently measurements are performed by converting Hg to a vapor and measuring its concentration either by atomic absorption or by atomic fluorescence.

Tags: mercury, scientific paper

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Illegal Artisanal Gold Mining
Benefits of Taking a Direct Mercury Analyzer into the Rain Forest to Monitor Mercury Contamination

Recently published on Spectroscopy, this column describes the work of Professor Luis Fernandez and his team in the Department of Biology at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina, who are leading a project to study the effects of illegal artisanal gold mining using mercury amalgamation extraction on the human and environmental ecosystem of Peru’s Madre de Dios region of the Amazon.

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Safety and reliability
Among the goals for the design of products, the target of ensuring the maximum safety for our users is universally accepted as more compelling issue than other goals of design.
Milestone's Technical Team works hard to achieve this target. That's why we routinely expose Microwave Digestion units to varying combinations of HNO3, H2O2, HCl and HF during the processing of thousands of samples each month.

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From the President's Voice
Milestone's Application Team works in close contact with lab managers, lab technicians and analytical chemists all around the world.
They are highly specialized in a broad variety of techniques, spending many hours testing and running different samples in our high tech analytical lab.

Tags: application, support

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From the President's Voice
Franco Visinoni, president of Milestone, founded Milestone in 1988 as the first specialized laboratory instrument manufacturer focusing on advanced microwave technology for sample preparation. Mr. Visinoni says: "Milestone today is a solid company and my co-workers are responsible for their own work. I trust in them and they trust in me. I’ve always tried to create a relaxed climate within Milestone and everyone who visits us can perceive it"

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DMA-80 evo: improved design from the inside out
The DMA-80 evo double beam dramatically reduces the signal-to-noise ratio, which greatly improves the quantification limit, enabling accurate and precise mercury determination even at the ppt level. This increased signal stability improves the reproducibility and reliability of analysis even at low concentrations. With the DMA-80 evo, you get the right results the first time, every time.

Tags: mercury, dma-80, product news

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Carbon black determination in olefin plastic
The addition of carbon black to an elastomer can have a positive effect upon its mechanical, electrical and physical properties. Therefore, QC and process labs need to determine the exact concentration of carbon to ensure product quality and monitor production costs. A rapid determination of the carbon black content allows quick feedback to production and for adjustment when required. A standard approach to this analysis is ASTM D1603, which provides gravimetrical determination of carbon black content following a lengthy pyrolysis step under nitrogen.

Tags: ashing, crucibles, black carbon

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Nowadays, after three decades of technological development, it is clear that microwave-assisted sample preparation is not just fast heating, but also brings new strategies fully compatible with modern trace analysis. This statement is crystal clear when working with ultraCLAVE and ultraWAVE instruments. Based on the Single Reaction Chamber (SRC) technology, these instruments allow reaching pressures of up to 199 bar and temperatures as high as 300° C depending on the reaction vessel.

Tags: src digestion, scientific paper

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ultraWAVE
For the first time the concepts and significance of green chemistry are applied to microwave digestion. The goal of the authors was to produce a text that helps today’s trace organic analyst understand and overcome the difficulties of sample preparation by learning how to THINK GREEN.

Tags: book, src digestion, green digestion

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Cannabis labs
The cannabis industry is currently one of the fastest growing industries. This growth is fueled by recent revelations in the potential benefits of cannabinoid therapies for various medical conditions. Although systems for growing production and sale of cannabis related products are well established, regulation and enforcement of quality and safety testing have lagged, such as the testing of heavy metals.

Tags: digestion, cannabis, article

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