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BIZZI, Cezar A et al. A fast microwave-assisted procedure for loss on drying determination in saccharides. J. Braz. Chem. Soc. [online]. 2011, vol.22, n.2, pp.376-381. ISSN 0103-5053.

A fast procedure for loss on drying (LOD) determination was developed using microwave radiation. Samples of commercial saccharides were dried and the influence of sample position inside the microwave cavity, sample mass and irradiation time were evaluated. Sample mass of 1 g and irradiation time between 15 to 25 min were enough to LOD determination for all saccharides. Results obtained using the proposed microwave-assisted loss on drying (MALOD) procedure were compared with those obtained by conventional LOD determination using an oven and no statistical difference was found among results of these techniques. Using MALOD procedure the relative standard deviation was below 1%. The time for analysis was reduced from 2.4 to 15 times when compared to conventional LOD determination and up to 16 samples could be simultaneously processed making MALOD procedure suitable for routine analysis.

Keywords : loss on drying; saccharides; microwave; food and pharmaceutical samples.

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