02 Oct '15, 3pm

What Happens When You Do a Chemical Analysis on the Durian Fruit?

What Happens When You Do a Chemical Analysis on the Durian Fruit?

One analysis suggests, though, that it’s not the quality of the scents that make the durian so unbearable. The analysis was done by solvent extraction. Solvent extraction involves the extremely sophisticated technique of taking two liquids, one of which contains the many components that need to be analyzed, putting them both in a container, and shaking the crap out of them. This can help tease out and isolate individual chemical components. The trick is knowing which liquids to use. Firstly, the two liquids must be immiscible, like oil and water. Secondly, if the “water” contains some chemical component that the researchers need to analyze, the “oil” needs to have a higher solubility for that chemical than the water. This will cause the component to dissolve into the oil, which separates out from the water again, allowing the researchers to analyze the chemical one its own.

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