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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 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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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

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An Insight into Labrador Tea Chemotypes (Poster)

13 September 2019

Alexis St-Gelais (M. Sc., chimiste), Benoit Roger, Kim Desrosiers, Hubert Marceau This poster (awarded a Poster Prize) was presented to the scientific community during the 50th International Symposium on Essential Oils in Vienna, Austria, on September 9th-11th 2019. Click here to see the poster as a PDF. Thanks to Lavinia Alexandru for the photo. Entitled Chemometric

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Activities and Events

An algorithm to solve them all (almost)

7 June 2019

Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., chimiste – Activities and events PhytoChemia has always been proud to provide the essential oils community with GC-FID results obtained from a dual-column system – just as it is done in academia. This powerful approach is able to solve most coelutions and reach a high level of detail in analyses in

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