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Accelerated Solvent Extraction (ASE®) is a powerful technique that can be used to reliably extract additives from polymeric materials. ASE uses organic solvents at temperatures above their atmospheric boiling points to deliver extractions equivalent to traditional extraction techniques, but with faster extraction times, reduced solvent use, and automation of the extraction process.

Additives such as heat stabilizers, light stabilizers, slip agents, plasticizers, and antioxidants represent some of the most common classes of compounds used to tailor polymeric properties for specific applications. Extraction and analysis of these additives are required to monitor their formulation levels.