Center for Materials and Sensor Characterization

MARS 230/60 Microwave System

microwaveThe MARS 230/60 is designed for laboratory use in digesting, dissolving, hydrolyzing, extracting or drying a wide range of materials. Its primary purpose is the rapid preparation of samples for analysis by atomic absorption (AA) and inductively coupled plasma (ICP) emission spectroscopy and gas or liquid chromatography. The Mars 230/60 uses microwave energy to heat samples. Samples that contain water and other polar liquids or ionic solutions (usually acids) are subjected to rapid heating and elevated pressures, causing the sample to digest or dissolve in a short time. The microwave can digest from 8 to 40 samples in one batch. The vessels used for the analysis are the Xpress that can go up to 260°C.

Last Updated: 6/27/22