Benefits of microwave solvent extraction

The use of laboratory microwave ovens for organic extraction elevates sample preparation to the same level of sophistication as sample analysis. Milestone’s START E extraction labstation is a high-performance microwave-accelerated system with some of the most advanced process control and safety features currently available. The START E system was created to give analysts an extraction platform just as technologically advanced as GC, GC-MS, HPLC, and other analytical techniques.


Microwave hardware

A microwave diffuser located above the cavity grants a homogeneous microwave distribution throughout the cavity. The chassis of the START E is made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel. The cavity and the door are plasma-coated with PTFE to protect the unit. Milestone’s warranty covers the cavity coating against corrosion for 5 years!

Reaction sensors and User interface

The START E is equipped with the most advanced reaction sensors, including contact-less temperature and pressure control in all vessels, and direct temperature and pressure control in a single reference vessel. The touch-screen terminal runs the Milestone’s unique EasyCONTROL software, to provide simple, user-friendly control of the microwave sample preparation process with automatic and live monitoring and feedback-based control of multiple parameters.

Vessel technology

The ‘vent-and-reseal’ vessels are the foundation of Milestone’s leadership in microwave technology. This patented (US Patent 5,270,010) technology provides the operator with unsurpassed safety and performance capabilities.

Official methods compliance

The START E is fully compliant with U.S. EPA Methods 3546 and ASTM Method D-5258 and D6010


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