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Sawyer Environmental Chemistry Research Lab

Instruments - Sample Preperation

CEM Mars 5 and Mars X Microwave Accelerated Reaction System

Composed of:

  • Microwave instrument
  • Pressure and temperature sensors
  • Green-Chem extraction vessels
  • HP-500 digestion vessels

The CEM Mars 5 and Mars X microwave greatly accelerates extraction or digestion of samples.

Current Applications:

  • Acid decomposition of samples for Hg and Trace metal analyses
  • Solvent extractions of samples for PAH, PCB, dioxin, methyl mercury, and pesticide analysis.

Sample Matrices:

  • Aqueous samples (including wastewater samples)
  • Sludge
  • Soil
  • Sediments
  • Animal tissue, organs
  • Plant tissue
  • Siliceous compounds
  • Food/Agricultural Samples
  • Pulp and paper related samples
  • Plastic and polymer based samples
  • Environmental samples


Sawyer Environmental Chemistry Research Laboratory
5764 Sawyer Research Center
The University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-3288 | Fax: (207) 581-3290

The University of Maine
, Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System