After connecting the device to a power outlet, an operator introduces into the instrumented reaction vials the mixtures to be tested, the activated biomass and the controls required for the experiment: molecule qualified as easily biodegradable—as a reference, inoculum control, abiotic controls, and, if necessary, dispersing agent controls for the protocols called Bioavailability Improvement Methods.
The operator closes the vials, places them into the device’s enclosure and launches the data-collection via the software. The device performs the measurements according to a predefined program and reports the progress of each parameter continuously in order to monitor the assays. During this phase, no operator intervention is required.
In a standard protocol, the assays end after 28 days.
At the end of the analysis, the vials are reused or replaced (depending on the number of uses) and the different reaction media (that are obtained after the tests) are handled as when implementing conventional methods, or are kept for additional studies.