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  • Reflects the significant progress made in natural materials isolation and extraction

  • Features detailed methods and protocols tested and proven in labs around the world

  • Includes expert tips and key implementation advice to ensure successful results

With significant developments in the areas of chromatography and spectroscopy as well as the unique inherent chemical diversity of natural products, vital in drug research, natural products research has gained new momentum.  Fully updating and adding to the previous two editions, Natural Products Isolation, Third Edition documents the latest methods and technologies for natural products isolation with a combination of all new chapters and revised and expanded classic methods.  Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology™ series format, chapters include introductions to their respective topics, lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and expert tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls.

Authoritative and up-to-date, Natural Products Isolation, Third Edition provides the substantial background information needed by budding natural product researchers as well offering an invaluable reference guide to available methodologies and techniques for the more experienced researchers.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Microwave-assisted Extraction in Natural Products Isolation.  In: Satyajit D Sarker, Lutfun Nahar, Editors.  Natural Products Isolation, Methods and Protocols, 3rd ed.

Abbas Delazar, Lutfun Nahar, Sanaz Hamedeyazdan, Satyajit D Sarker

Humana Press.  2012; Chapter 5; pp: 89-115.


Microwave-assisted extraction (MAE) or simply microwave extraction is a relatively new extraction technique that combines microwave and traditional solvent extraction. Application of microwaves for heating the solvents and plant tissues in extraction process, which increases the kinetic of extraction, is called microwave-assisted extraction. MAE has a number of advantages, e.g., shorter extraction time, less solvent, higher extraction rate and lower cost, over traditional method of extraction of compounds from various matrices, especially natural products. The use of MAE in natural products extraction started in the late 1980s, and through the technological developments, it has now become one of the popular and cost-effective extraction methods available today, and several advanced MAE instrumentations and methodologies have become available, e.g., pressurized microwave-assisted extraction (PMAE) and solvent-free microwave-assisted extraction (SFMAE). This chapter provides an overview of the MAE and presents a number of specific protocols for natural products extraction.