Lyophilization, also known as freeze drying, is a process used for preserving biological material by removing water from the sample. Machines known as lyophilizers (also commonly referred to as freeze dryers) execute this process, freezing the material in the sample, then reducing the pressure and adding heat to extract the frozen water.
It’s no secret that lab instruments represent the biggest slice of any lab’s budget. Because laboratory equipment is not only such a large investment, but is also essential to day to day laboratory operations, purchasing new lab equipment may be tempting in order to secure peace of mind. However, for labs with tighter budgets, the possibility of saving anywhere from 50-70% on equipment can be tempting.
Centrifuges are utilized in laboratories across the world in a multitude of scientific fields and disciplines, but at their most basic level, a centrifuge is a motor that spins to create centrifugal force to separate fluids, liquids, or gas based on density. But don’t let this simplistic explanation fool you, not all centrifuges are created equal; they come in all shapes, sizes, speeds, and configurations.