Hi, here in the laboratory we are about to acquire an instrument for gross alpha / beta radiactivity counting in drinking water. Since the acivity values to be measured are rather low (0.1 Bq for alpha and 1 Bq for beta), the analytical methods demand to concentrate a 1 L sample to near dryness before mixing with the scintillation cocktail in the vial.
Since we expect a relatively high sample throughput, evaporating the samples in glass flasks above hot plates sounds like an overly slow and messy process with all the bubbling and splaterring of boiling samples, and at this point there is probably something in the market to do it in a efficient manner. A quick browsing suggested lyophilization or rotary evaporators. Do you have a method in mind to routinely evaporate like 10 samples daily?