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Better Labs and Gardens: Culinary uses for a rotovap

What kind of lab is this? An anonymous commenter came close with "Biochem/Natural products isolation? "

It's a kitchen. The clue is on the cabinet where it says "3 TBS Sugar". Read here how chef Dave Arnold of the French Culinary Institute in NYC got Buchi to tweak a rotovap for some cool chemistry in the kitchen.

I'm fairly sure the stuff in the beaker is mint.


  1. I don't think I could knowingly eat something prepared in a rotovap! Too much time in orgo labs, I guess.

    It looks neat, that's for sure.

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  3. I've always wanted to steal - errr, borrow - a rotovap from our labs to concentrate my chicken stock!

    Fun and educational blog.


    Nick (the chemist)

  4. Very interesting blog.

    Speaking of chemistry, take a look at my post, originally in Portuguese, which I would like to give a first lesson in physics and chemistry to children who have never seen it. And while I criticized the Brazilian educational system. I'm curious to read the opinion of someone from outside the country. Leave a comment!

  5. Nick ...tell me it's a biochem lab?? There's a market, I'd use it for that, too :)


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