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PhytoChemia Acta

Month: May 2017

Essential Oil Card – Bergamot

30 May 2017

Bergamot oil is cold pressed from peels of Citrus aurantium ssp. bergamia fruits. Main compounds found in bergamot are limonene, linalool and linalyl acetate. Common adulteration of this oil is made by adding synthetic linalool and/or synthetic linalyl acetate. This can be easily detected with GC-MS analysis. Cold pressed bergamot oil is known to be […]

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Oxidized Oils and How to Find Them

22 May 2017

Benoit Roger, Ph.D. When we talk about essential oil quality, the first analysis to be discussed beside organoleptic evaluation (odor, color, clarity, etc.) is gas chromatography (GC-MS or GC-FID, which you can discover through our GC analysis blog series). This is entirely understandable and even justified as it brings a good overall view of essential […]

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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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Do It Faster, Makes Us Stronger – Fast GC

11 May 2017

Benoit Roger, Ph. D., & Alexis St-Gelais, M. Sc., chimiste We have read many times on various oils-oriented Facebook groups indications that gas chromatographic columns should be as long as possible to achieve proper separation. Similarly, it is often stated that short analysis runs negatively impact the quality of data obtained. And under the most […]

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Caffeine, an early morning subject !

9 May 2017

Dany Massé, Chimiste, B.Sc. May you drink it black, espresso or with cream, almost everyone have his own recipe for a tasty coffee. Whatever your style, there is one question that people always ask: is there more caffeine in an espresso or in an ordinary filter coffee? Ask around and most people will have some […]

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