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Rotary Evaporator

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Learn how to safely and effectively operate a rotary evaporator, adjust the vacuum, air inlet, rotation, and water bath settings to remove the solvent, and then shut down the apparatus in the correct order to safely remove the flask.

Learning Outcomes

  • Familiarise yourself with the basic principles of rotary evaporation
  • Understand how to set up and safely operate a rotary evaporator
  • Learn how to adjust the vacuum, air inlet, rotation and water bath settings to remove the solvent
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Using Instruments and Equipment

  • When to turn the vacuum pump on, shut the air inlet, lower the flask into the water bath and turn the motor on

Working in a Safe Manner

  • How to correctly shut down the equipment to safely remove the flask and collect the sample

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