Product News: Accelerating Chiral Separation Workflows...

24 Dec 2008

Able to simultaneously dry or concentrate as many as six large volume flasks* - five times faster than conventional rotary evaporators - the Genevac Rocket™ Evaporator is a powerful new tool for accelerating traditionally difficult and time consuming chiral separation workflows.

In recent years there has been considerable interest in the synthesis and separation of enantiomers of organic compounds especially because of their importance in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Frequently the methods used for the separations, for monitoring the progress of an asymmetric synthesis or optical purity are chromatographic. In preparative syntheses the chiral analytes of interest are typically separated in large volumes of solvent. Often concentration or drying of these samples using a rotary evaporator is both time consuming and may risk thermal degradation of valuable separated chiral products.

Benefiting from a new patented low temperature, low pressure steam heating technology developed by Genevac - the Rocket Evaporator is uniquely able to achieve the dual goals of very fast evaporation with very precise temperature control thereby accelerating the safe production of chiral separation samples.

Offering true unattended operation capability the Rocket Evaporator requires no training, even a beginner can competently use the system in less than 5 minutes. A 2-stage cold trap built into the Rocket Evaporator provides very high levels of solvent recovery, even with volatile organic solvents. Requiring no peripherals for operation the compact Rocket Evaporator fits neatly onto a laboratory bench or into a fume hood. All key components on the robust and reliable system are user serviceable ensuring a low the cost of ownership.

To demonstrate the ease-of-use and operational functionality of the new Rocket Evaporator - Genevac has also produced a new online streaming video accessible on the company article webpage link. Genevac, an SP Industries company, was founded in 1990. Today the company employs around 85 people, with manufacturing, R&D and marketing headquartered in Ipswich, UK. Genevac today offers a comprehensive portfolio of evaporators to suit almost any solvent removal application, purchasing budget or productivity requirement.