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PhytoChemia’s ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation Range of Scope

23 June 2020

The Standards Council of Canada delivered the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation  to PhytoChemia in May 2020 (website certificate here). You may not know what it is and what it means to you. In this document, we briefly discuss the subject and conclude with the list of accredited services.   What is ISO 17025? This is an

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Pre-Treatments for GC-FID / MS Analyzes – The Example of Hydrosols

30 April 2020

Hydrosol obtained with Explorer (an Alchemia Solution Still) Corine Lormel, PhD Samples often contain very different molecules. In analytical laboratories, finding the instrument which will identify and quantify them is the first step. For this purpose, the chemist must ensure that the chosen method can “separate” the compounds of interest but also makes them “visible”

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Rosa, Rosam, Rosae

5 February 2020

Corine Lormel , PhD As suggested by the Latin declension of the title, this February we will look at a series of blog posts on the theme of roses. In this first post, we will start with a historical overview of the rose’s botany and a summary of the main methods to produce rose derivative

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Indian Patchouli : the analysis results

21 January 2020

In the past few days, we have distilled by Clevenger leaves of Pogostemon Heyneanus (Indian patchouli).  To give you a brief summary, here is the experiment in few figures:  Leaves mass : 318 g. We have used frozen leaves, and have grinded them with a mortar.   Distillation duration : 4 hours. Essential oil obtained :

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The Chemistree History

6 January 2020

Corine Lormel, Ph.D. In the past month, several pictures of chemistry Christmas trees also named chemistrees probably blossomed in your news feeds. As some of us in the laboratory,  you assume this phenomenon is recent and the pioneers are very passionate about chemistry. Of course, a bunch of enthusiasts is necessary but those who have

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