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On Vétivè pa kon sé lé zòt là

28 October 2020

Benoit Roger, Ph. D. & Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., Chimis. Tradiksyon é adaptasyon: Corine et Patrik Lormel.   Luil ésansiyèl a vétivè (Vetiveria zizanioides, syn. Chrysopogon zizanioides) sé on luil kè nou ka rousouvwè onlo, plis kè sé lézòt la. An plis dè sa sé pi rèd la kè nou ni pou analizé.  Déja pou

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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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The Mystery of the Unknown Compounds in Your Essential Oils Analysis Reports.

13 December 2019

Corine Lormel, Ph.D. Some customers are surprised to see a compound named ‘’Unknown’’ in the listing of their essential oils analysis reports. Why do chemists keep them in all reports? Are they just unidentified compounds? Why don’t chemists  try to identify them? In this paper, we will try to understand what is behind the famous

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#Labwasteday & Waste Diversion Rate : What Does that Mean ?

27 November 2019

Corine Lormel, Ph.D. You probably don’t know these terms, but you will soon! Environmental concerns are not limited yet to the public domain! These last years, labs environmental impact, that went unnoticed, has been rising. Just two weeks ago, The Guardian (Bell, 2019) published an article focusing on the “addiction to plastic” in the labs

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Underpressure: the impact of vacuum distillation on essential oil quality

21 October 2019

Benoit Roger (Ph. D.), Hubert Marceau (B. Sc., chemist), Alexis St-Gelais (M. Sc., chemist)   Have you ever tried cooking pasta atop a high mountain? OK, this is a weird introduction, but you’ll see the link. Everybody ‘’knows“ that (pure) water freezes at 0 °C and boils at 100 °C and in everyday life, this is a good

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