The invention, the technology and the benefits
of the Single Reaction Chamber (SRC)
Sample preparation plays a pivotal role in elemental analysis as it directly
impacts the data quality, the laboratory throughput and the analysis
costs. Over the last 30 years, this technology went through a series of
incremental innovations that further evolved technology and intercepted
the needs of several industries. Nowadays, elemental analysis is moving
toward lower detection limits, which highlights the fundamental need that
sample preparation has to be more efficient and reliable.
In this book, we will discuss the incremental and disruptive innovation of
the microwave digestion system, starting from the first implementations
of the rotor-based systems until the latest Single Reaction Chamber
(SRC) technology. In order to keep up with the current spectroscopy
instrumentations, and the needs of modern laboratories, microwave
sample preparation has to provide an enhanced performance, a superior
ease of use, lower costs per sample and a higher throughput. The SRC
technology embraces all these needs in a single solution setting a new
path in sample preparation. Laboratories now rely on a new approach
to increase productivity and competitiveness without sacrificing the
capabilities of the digestion and the quality of the analysis.
The aim of the authors is to explain the reasons behind the development
of the SRC technology, its operation principle, and the values that it
brings to modern laboratories, through a series of case studies and the
new opportunities it ensures in elemental analysis.
Incremental vs disruptive innovation in microwave
Sample preparation and SRC technology: influence,
effects and role in elemental analysis
Principle of operation of the Single Reaction Chamber
The applicability of the Single Reaction Chamber
to various matrices
The impact of the SRC Technology on Modern
How could I validate developed analytical procedures?
How could I evaluate accuracy?
How could I evaluate precision?
How could I evaluate sensitivity?
How could I evaluate specificity?
How could I evaluate sample throughput?
President at MLS GmbH and working in sample preparation for element
analysis for almost five decades. His intuitions are the fundamentals of
today’s technologies in microwave sample preparation and pressure
Full Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Federal University of São Carlos (São Carlos, São Paulo State, Brazil) and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Concepción
(Concepción, Chile). Member of the Group for Applied Instrumental Analysis (GAIA, DQ, UFSCar).