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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, PhD 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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An atypical Vetiver

25 February 2019

Benoit Roger, Ph. D. & Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., chimiste Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides, syn. Chrysopogon zizanioides) is one of the essential oils we receive the most often for analysis. This is also one of the most complex oil to analyse as it contains almost only sesquiterpenoids among which a lot of unknown compounds with poor

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New Scientific Boardgame – Lab Wars

17 May 2017

Laurie Caron, Chimist, M.Sc. In february 2016, PhytoChemia has participed of Lab Wars’s kickstarter and became a sponsor of the game. We found that it was a great idea for promoting science and showing to the public that GC-MS, centrifuges, scientific publication and Nobel price could be very cool !       Our donation

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LiftCannabis – A canadian leader for news on medical marijuana

16 June 2015

Laurie Caron, Chemist, M.Sc. – Discoveries Since we obtained our Canadian licence to analyse medical marijuana, we connected to the businesses of this world. As with everything, news travel fast, and finding reliable references in this industry is not always an easy thing. Some companies like LiftCannabis stand out more than others. Lift has a high presence

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Plants vs. the World – Don’t Feed on Me

26 February 2015

Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., chimiste – Discoveries  Who’s affraid of goats, sheeps, horses and cows? Most Humans are not, since these animals are rather pacific and useful to us. But herbaceous plants and shrubs have plenty of reasons to hold great resentment toward these species, who consistently eat them. So what is a plant to

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