Friday, April 21, 2017

Applied Separations Mourns the Loss of Martin Fetner

ALLENTOWN, PA, April 21, 2016. Applied Separations announced with great sadness today that co-founder, Executive Vice President, and Chief Technology Officer, Martin (Marty) Fetner passed away at home on Sunday April 16, 2017 after a long illness. Fetner was 76.

Fetner’s career began in 1963 with General Dynamics in New London, Connecticut after obtaining an Electrical Engineering degree from City College of New York. Fetner earned his Master’s Degree in 1967 from the University of Connecticut and in 1968, joined Bethlehem Steel’s Homer Research Laboratories in Bethlehem, PA.

In 1987, Fetner co-founded Applied Separations, an international provider of scientific instruments, supplies and equipment for supercritical fluid separations with Rolf Schlake.

“My partner, my colleague and most of all, my friend has moved on to a better place. His methodical innovative manner has been an inspiration to all of us. It will not be the same without him. He will be sorely missed,” said owner and co-founder, Rolf Schlake.

During his time with Applied Separations, Fetner was a key resource in developing multiple lines of laboratory instruments and consumables and holds several patents in the field. Although Fetner stepped away from daily participation in company operations in 2016, the guidance he provided to the company will never be forgotten.

Fetner is survived by his wife, Lana, children, Neal J. Fetner and his wife Sheila of Midland, MI and Erica A. Keagy and her husband Ken of Ardmore, PA; Grandchildren, Hannah and Alex Fetner and Anabel and Kenny Keagy; and Brother, Gerald L. Fetner. He was preceded in death by a Daughter, Deborah E. Fetner, in 2010. Funeral arrangements were held in accordance with Fetner’s wishes.

Fetner’s family has requested that Memorial Donations may be made to the John and Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Attn: Development Dept., P.O. Box 689, Allentown, PA 18105, Lehigh Valley Home Care or Lehigh Valley Hospice, both at 2024 Lehigh St. Suite 100, Allentown PA 18103. 

About Applied Separations
Applied Separations’ mission is to provide sample preparation products to today's analytical laboratory and has become a pioneer and world-wide leader in the use of DNA-free products and Supercritical Fluids in traditional and non-traditional marketplaces. For more information, please visit

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Teach Supercritical Fluids in YOUR College Lab Free

Reminder... the due date for the 2017 Supercritical Fluid Educational Grant is approaching quickly. 

To win the Spe-ed SFE-Prime for Education package, submit your proposal. 

Proposals should illustrate how the Spe-ed SFE Prime and supporting materials will be used to teach Supercritical Fluids in the post-secondary classroom. 

The focus must be on teaching green chemistry with the Prime system and how SCF can impact business, processes, the environment and the overall green economy. 

Research topics MUST be related to Green Chemistry and environmentally-friendly technology and/or processes. 

Applications should include how the use of the Prime and SCF can educate students about eliminating petroleum-based solvents, pollution or residue; or how SCF can be used in nanotechnology.

Applications are due April 24, 2017. More information about the grant can be found here:

To apply:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Protein, DNA and other Precipitations without Pipetting

In case you missed us at Pittcon in Chicago, here's a short video that shows how the new Burst device for Protein Precipitation works.  No Pipetting - No Sample Loss - No Contamination.

Visit the Burst page, then Contact us for more information!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pack a Bag and Head to Chicago

It's that time of year again. We're packing our bags and heading to Chicago for Pittcon 2017. Applied Separations will be in Booth 2513. Come visit us and check out our new products for this year.

We're featuring a new supercritical fluid lab instrument, as well as a time and hassle saving product for protein, DNA, and other precipitations. How'd you like to eliminate pipetting from your sample collection? We can show you how.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Introducing the...

Nope. Sorry. Not ready to unveil all the details quite yet, but here's a peek. For more, visit us in Chicago at Pittcon March 5 - 9, Booth 2513


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Waterless Textile Dyeing with Supercritical Fluid

There is a great concern these days about water - do we have enough? How can we consume less? One very large consumer of water is the textile dying industry. 

Traditionally, dyeing of textiles requires that an excess of dye is dissolved or in some way "taken-up" in an aqueous or solvent solution. The dye mix is then pumped into a vat containing holding the textile. Typically there is agitation or the dye is recirculated several times through the cloth. At the end of the cycle, the dye mix is pumped to the waste treatment facility. Dyes are notoriously difficult to treat. The process is decidedly unfriendly to the environment.

Our technique replaces the aqueous or solvent solution with supercritical CO2. 

For more information, check out our affiliated site,

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Now Taking Applications for the Annual Educational Grant

Spe-ed SFE Prime Supercritical System for EducationApplied Separations' annual educational grant is now accepting applications. The grant, in the form of laboratory equipment, is worth over $30,000, and will be awarded to one college, university, or other higher education institution for the teaching of Supercritical Fluids in their classroom. 2017 marks the seventh year Applied Separations is awarding the grant.

The grant includes a Spe-ed™ SFE-Prime system and vessel designed specifically for the higher education market, as well as supporting classroom materials such as a syllabus, handout, suggested applications, and more.

Interested applicants must submit an approximately 800 word proposal illustrating how the Spe-ed SFE-Prime and supporting materials would be used to teach Supercritical Fluids in the post-secondary classroom.

Submissions are due 4/24/2017. All proposals must be submitted through the Applied Separations website at

The grant will be awarded at the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Show, June 13 - 15, 2017.