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Emerging Trends in Pharmaceutical Analysis

Benedetto Natalini of the University of Perugia, Italy, spoke to Bethany Degg of The Column about the driving forces in pharmaceutical analysis, including the importance of regulation, chirality, and miniaturization.

Liquid Chromatography

New Chromatography Columns and Accessories for 2015

By M. Swartz

This is our annual review of new liquid chromatography (LC) columns and accessories introduced at Pittcon and throughout the previous year.

New HPLC Systems and Products Introduced at Pittcon 2015: A Brief Review

By Michael W. Dong

This installment highlights noteworthy high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and related products introduced at Pittcon 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as in the year prior.

Be Careful of the Flow Rate

By John W. Dolan

When converting methods from liquid chromatography (LC) to ultrahigh-pressure liquid chromatography (UHPLC), don't get confused by flow-rate settings.

Gas Chromatography

Understanding Electron Ionization Processes for GC–MS

By LCGC Editors

Many of us use electron ionization (EI) in gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS) without a good understanding of the technique and how we might manipulate the process to give more appropriate results or a better understanding of the analytes under investigation.

Extending the Compatible Analyte Volatility Range for Indoor Air Quality and Material Emissions Testing Using Multi-Bed Thermal Desorption Tubes

By Caroline Widdowson, David Barden

This article describes sampling methodology for thermal desorption–gas chromatography (TD–GC) that can extend the compatible analyte range of tests used to determine chemicals released from materials, as well as associated indoor air quality measurements.

GC Troubleshooting in Petrochemical Analysis

By Stephen Harrison

A guide to simple troubleshooting steps in gas chromatography (GC) with an emphasis on petrochemical analysis.

Mass Spectrometry

Quantifying Small Molecules by Mass Spectrometry

By P. Jane Gale, Alfred L. Yergey, Mark W. Duncan, Kate Yu

The use of a mass spectrometer in quantitative analysis exploits its exquisite selectivity and sensitivity as a detector, allowing a signal to be ascribed to a particular chemical entity with high certainty, even when present in a sample at a low concentration. There are, however, some special considerations that are necessary when a mass spectrometer is used as a quantitative tool.

Unraveling the Links Between Diet and Human Health Using LC–MS-MS

By LCGC Editors

We recently spoke to Gary Duncan and Wendy Russell of the Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health in Aberdeen, Scotland, about the significance of phytochemical bioavailability to human health and the important role of liquid chromatography linked to tandem mass spectrometry (LC–MS-MS) in their research.

GC–MS Analysis of an Herbal Medicinal Remedy to Identify Potential Toxic Compounds

By Irene W. Kimaru, Hang P. Nguyen

In most countries, herbal medicinal products (HMPs) are introduced into the market without proper scientific evaluation or enforced safety and toxicological studies.

Sample Preparation Techniques

Simplifying Liquid Extractions

By Erica Pike

The benefits of supported liquid extraction (SLE) in sample cleanup and, in particular, the use of a synthetic SLE sorbent are discussed.

Pyrolysis for the Preparation of Macromolecules and Analysis by Gas Chromatography

By Douglas E. Raynie

When pyrolyzed, macromolecules will decompose into smaller fragments that can have the appropriate volatility for gas chromatography (GC) separation and analysis.

Understanding and Improving Solid-Phase Extraction

By Dawn Wallace Watson, Douglas E. Raynie

In this installment of "Sample Prep Perspectives," we cover some of the basic scientific principles behind solid-phase extraction (SPE) to allow the correct mode of extraction to be selected through an understanding of how analytes interact with and are separated by the sorbent.

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The LCGC Blog: Chromatography Technical Tips: HPLC Troubleshooter – Oh, Larry Got Laid Off...

By Tony Taylor

What if we could make the troubleshooting poster on the laboratory wall come to life? What if we could build an engine which figured out the most likely causes of groups of symptoms and offer these up as a prioritised list for folks to work through and give them supporting information on each problem, why it occurred, how to fix it and, crucially, how to avoid it happening next time?

A New Consortium of Researchers for Environmental Analysis and Remediation

By Kevin A. Schug

The Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation (CLEAR) organization at U.T. Arlington (http://clear.uta.edu) recently was launched to the public. CLEAR is an endeavor to create a consortium of experts interested in building and propagating activities related to the assessment of the potential impact of industrial activities on the environment, as well as the creation of new solutions to mitigate problems associated with these activities.

Latest News

GC–MS Detects Chemical Cue for Mosquitoes in Soil

Cedrol, a sequisterpene alcohol found in the essential oil of connifers, could be a potent chemical cue for pregnant mosquitoes seeking the ideal location to lay their eggs.

Lemur Olfactory Cues

Scientists at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA, have discovered that olfactory cues can indicate pregnancy and foetal sex in the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta). Using gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC–MS), the team found that lemurs carrying male offspring exhibited a different volatile chemical profile to those carrying a female.

Analyzing POPs in 50 µL of Blood Samples

Scientists from SGC Environmental Services in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, have demonstrated the development and validation of a method for the analysis of five persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from 50 µL dried blood spots. The work was presented as a poster at Dioxin 2014, held in Madrid, Spain, from 31 August to 5 September.

Jaap Venema named Chief Science Officer of USP

The United Stated Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has named Jaap Venema as the Chief Science Officer, beginning on April 15, and Chair of USP’s standards-setting body, the Council of Experts, at the beginning of USP’s next five-year cycle on July 1, 2015.

Caroline West, LCGC’s 2015 Emerging Leader Award Winner, Focuses on the Fundamentals of Selectivity

Caroline West, the winner of the 2015 LCGC Emerging Leader in Chromatography award, has a diverse set of scientific interests — in high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC), hydrophilic-interaction chromatography (HILIC), and enantioselective separations — but all primarily focused on the fundamentals of chromatographic selectivity.


Pesticide Residue Analysis: Tips and Tricks for the Whole Workflow

PART II: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 — Workflow Guide for the use of LC-MS — 8:00am PDT/ 11:00am EDT/ 4:00pm BST/ 5:00pm CEST


The Diversity of UV/Vis/NIR Techniques for Nanomaterial Characterization: How to use transmission, scatter transmission, diffuse reflectance, and angular resolved scattering measurements to characterize nano structures

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 —8:00 am PDT/ 11:00 am EDT/ 4:00 pm BST/ 5:00 pm CEST


Achieve More With The Right Chromatography Data System

Thursday, April 30, 2015 — 9:00 am EDT/ 2:00 pm BST/ 3:00 pm CEST


HRMS in Clinical Research: From Targeted Quantification to Metabolomics

Thursday, May 7, 2015 — 8:00 am PDT/ 11:00 am EDT/ 4:00 pm BST/ 5:00 pm CET


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LCGC eBooks


Metabolomics: Prospects and Pitfalls

Given the complexity of biological systems, studying the metabolome is a challenging undertaking. Prof. Oliver Fiehn, PhD, Director of the NIH West Coast Metabolomics Center, University of California, Davis, explains steps to follow in the metabolomic workflow and addresses common metabolomic questions

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HPLC Troubleshooting Guide to Cycling Baselines and Pressure Fluctuations

HPLC troubleshooting guide to cycling baselines and pressure fluctuations from LCGC's ChromAcademy.

My LC–MS isn’t behaving! Where do I start?

Instrument manufacturers try to convince us that mass spec is just another detector. Most of us who work with LC-MS know that’s simply not the case – they can be maintenance intensive, unforgiving and generate complex information. When they’re not working it can be difficult to work out exactly where the problem lies. Here’s some advice to point you in the right direction

HPLC Column Dead Volume

A question about column dead volume. If the hold-up volume (time) is the extra-column dead volume expressed in time or volume. What is the column dead volume and how can it be calculated?

Seven Must Know Points to Understand Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization

CHROMacademy delivers key knowledge quickly in bite-size modules, and to prove this here is our seven point guide to understanding atmospheric pressure chemical ionization.

HPLC Extra Column Volumes

It is of particular importance to reduce extra column volumes when using small volume columns or UHPLC. However, where do these extra column volumes come from, how can they be minimized, and what effect do they have on chromatography?