The Aromatic Plant Research Center (APRC) is a state-of-the-art laboratory that utilizes a variety of methods to detect adulteration and confirm the purity of natural products. Our executive advisory board is internationally renowned for quality control testing and expertise within the aromatic plant industry.
APRC aspires to reimagine the natural products industry by conducting state-of-the-art quality testing, performing groundbreaking research, producing cutting edge publications, and creating unparalleled educational materials on aromatic plants and natural products. Our goal is to ensure that our clients have access to the most sophisticated and verified means of testing possible. This process includes compiling existing publications, interviewing experienced producers, conducting field research, gathering raw materials, improving distillation methods, advancing testing capabilities, discovering new chemotypes, and so forth. This research will further develop our understanding of the purest natural products in the world and will influence many publications soon to be available to the public as additional educational tools.
Each board member is carefully selected from a variety of institutions with the goal to assemble the brightest minds from around the world. These doctorate-level individuals are the undisputed thought leaders in the essential oil industry and have dedicated their careers and research to the exploration of aromatic plants. The diversity of the Executive Board provides expertise well suited to answer questions on the quality of natural products and aromatic plants study, propagation, distillation, sustainability, and more.
In addition to verifying the highest quality natural products, the Executive Board is also on the cutting edge of aromatic plant research. Our world-class team has the ability to develop custom methods of analysis and are dedicated to discovering quality sourcing, and testing of aromatic plants and natural products.
Aaron Sorensen and Dr. Prabodh Satyal, having worked in the essential oil industry for years, conceptually formulated the foundations of APRC. They saw a distinct need for a laboratory focused on aromatic plants and essential oil testing and research
Aaron Sorensen, MS
Aaron Sorensen is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Miami. He received undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Material Engineering from the University of Utah and went on to receive a Master’s of Science from Colorado Tech.
Prabodh Satyal, Ph.D
Dr. Prabodh Satyal is originally from Nepal where he worked as a lecturer in organic chemistry at Kathmandu University. He has studied the chemical composition of more than 10,000 essential oils from various parts of the world, has published more than 100 research articles in peer reviewed journals.
Anjanette DeCarlo, Ph.D
Chief Sustainability Scientist
Dr. Anjanette DeCarlo is currently Chief Sustainability Scientist at the Aromatic Plant Research Center, where she conducts field research and ecological supply chain analysis on aromatic species. Dr. DeCarlo received her doctorate in Natural Resources and Environment
Brian Lawrence, Ph.D
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Brian M. Lawrence was born in London, England, where he eventually worked as both a technician and as a chromatography lab manager in the pharmaceutical industry while pursuing a degree in Chemistry.
William Setzer, Ph.D
Senior Research Scientist
Will Setzer was born in Los Angeles, California. He received the B.S. degree in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California, in 1973, and the Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1981
Noura Dosoky, Ph.D
Dr. Noura Dosoky is a member of the APRC executive board. Her focus is on natural product drug discovery (medicinal chemistry). She was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology Science and Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
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Frequently asked questions
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What is the process for testing samples?
Once we receive a sample, it is entered into our manifest. A lab technician then preps the sample to be put on our GC-MS. The sample is loaded into the queue and will be tested in the order it was received. A GC-MS test takes two hours. Once the graph is generated by the GC, a chemist then analyzes the graph to determine if the oil meets the standards in its category. Depending on the needs of our client, we can also perform physical constant testing, LCMS, HPLC, GC-FID, micro, and other tests.
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We are impressed by the quality of their services, in terms of advanced analytical tools and procedures, very sharp expertise, and quality of their trustworthy reports...
Vigon International, Inc.
Our partnership with APRC has been incredibly valuable. Not only are their scientists knowledgeable, they are willing to explain the details of their reports...
Glen Miner, Owner
Working with APRC has enabled us to be very selective with our growers, harvesters, and distillers to bring the best quality essential oils to our customers...