I recently started up a project in order to develop plant-based dyes from food- or agricultural waste streams. Having evaluated the different conventional extraction methods, microwave-/ultrason-assisted solvent extraction appears to be highly suitable for this concept.
As we’ll start testing, extracting and producing in the Glimps lab soon, we prefer to simulate this process with easy-to-use lab or even “kitchen” methods.
Does anyone have experience with microwave-assisted extraction on a small-scale, or the other extraction methods? Maybe you’ve already built an extraction unit yourself? So far, many ideas have popped up in my head (use of a microwave (?), building a temperature- and pressure controlled chamber,…) so it’d be nice to receive some feedback and share ideas.
Thanks in advance.