The ETHOS X performs solvent-free microwave
extraction of fragrances in plant material, such as
essential oils, at atmospheric pressure. To run a
sample, the operator places the material into the
reactor without any added solvents or water, and
then selects the pre-stored methods to start the run.
Within minutes, the system's accelerated heating
and water-cooling process enables the first drops of
essential oils and water to condense in the fragrances
glassware vessel, restoring the sample's in-situ water,
while the essential oils are collected into the fragrances
glassware available in glass and in stainless steel.
Once the essential oils have been extracted, they can
be analyzed directly by GC-MS without any preliminary
clean-up or solvent exchange steps. The system's
fast process also avoids thermal degradation, as the
sample and the essential oils are exposed to heat for
only a few minutes.