The Column July 2017

July 2017 | Volume 13, Issue 10
Digital Edition
By LCGC Editors
This issue of The Column in its original digital magazine format.
Cover Story
The Column spoke to Ethel Eljarrat of the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDÆA), Spanish Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), in Barcelona, Spain, about her work in environmental analyses using turbulent flow chromatography (TFC).
How do you deal with problems that arise in the laboratory?
This article provides a short overview of the theory and practice of the rapidly developing field of two‑dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC). Included in the discussion are a summary of the detectors used, an assessment of the options available for modulating the first-column eluate, and some recent developments in methodologies for interpreting the results.
Recent developments in the miniaturization of gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS) instrumentation are making the technique available for field-based investigations, offering a simple, onsite identification of drug substances. This article describes the identification of sixteen drugs compounds in less than 10 min using portable gas chromatograph-toroidal ion trap mass spectrometry combined with a coiled-wire-filament (CWF) sampling injector to provide an effective tool for the rapid analysis of illicit drug substances.
By LCGC Editors
ITP 2017 will be held 10–13 September 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Sopot, Poland. This preview offers a flavour of what to expect.
Eurofins Scientific has announced the acquisition of Nab Labs Group, one of the largest independent environment testing laboratories in Finland.
Phenomenex Inc. has announced the opening of a new manufacturing and development facility dedicated to the company’s gas chromatography columns.
Shigeru Terabe has received the Arnold O. Beckman Medal and Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievements in the Field of Electro-Drive Separation Techniques. The Sciex sponsored award was presented to Terabe as part of a Special Award Plenary Session at the 33rd International Symposium on Microscale Bioseparations (MSB 2017).
Researchers investigating fragments of black organic matter found scattered at the 7th century ship-burial at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, UK, have discovered the material is not what it was originally identified as.
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