Solid phase extraction is a powerful technique – it can be used to clean up the most challenging samples, and extract and preconcentrate hundreds of semivolatile organic compounds. When performing the extraction, the goal is to get the entire sample to run through the extraction disk. But in order to do that, the disk must have the chemical and physical capacity to handle your sample matrix. If your disk becomes overwhelmed or clogs, you risk losing your sample and the chance to complete your extraction.
How do you prevent the disk from clogging? Prefilters!