The UltraCLAVE is based on high pressure autoclave design: at its heart a single large reaction sample-containing chamber is pre-pressurized with inert gas and then heated by microwaves.
The pressurized chamber serves simultaneously as the microwave cavity and the reaction vessel.
The patented Milestone UltraCLAVE achieves extraordinary performance capabilities by combining direct microwave heating in a high pressure reactor. It offers all the advantages familiar to microwave users: speed, quality of results, reproducibility, and no pollution of the laboratory or environment, while overcoming the restrictions of traditional microwave digestion systems.
Microwave energy is introduced into the reactor through a unique microwave port.
This focused-multimode cavity design ensures maximum sample heating efficiency.
Heat generated in the reactor is removed by a re-circulating cooling system, and the stainless steel vessel remains at approximately room temperature throughout the entire heating cycle.
Wide choice of digestion vessels
Several standard racks are designed to hold 6 to 77 individual sample containers made of glass, quartz, or TFM. They can be much simpler in design than in conventional microwave vessel assemblies.
By eliminating the traditional control strategy, chemists are no longer constrained to process batches of identical samples using identical sample chemistries.
Even certified reference materials can be processed along with unknown sample for method validation.
This transformation of a sequential process into a parallel one may prove to be the greatest source of increased efficiency in many laboratories.