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May 05, 2017
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I guess we have all had the issue at some time or other. A blank injection of eluent (or a zero volume dummy injection) gives rise to discrete peaks on the chromatographic baseline that may interfere with analyte peaks or increase the complexity of the chromatogram obtained, especially when performing trace analysis. Of course this is an undesirable situation and one that can be difficult to understand or troubleshoot as, if we didn’t inject anything, how on earth do we end up with discrete peaks in the “blank” chromatogram? The secret to understanding the phenomenon lies in understanding the mechanisms of gradient HPLC.
May 03, 2017
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As part of the Earth Day celebration in Dallas, Texas, last month, the Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation (CLEAR) at U.T. Arlington hosted the first annual Responsible Shale Energy Extraction (RSEE) symposium ( We had an exceptional range of speakers who conveyed all sides of the issue, including U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and atmospheric scientist Dr. Katherine Hayhoe from Texas Tech University, one of Time’s top 100 most influential people. We had representatives from major oil producers, environmental groups, land management groups, water recycling service companies, and scientists conversant on many key issues related to unconventional oil and gas (UOG) extraction. Even though we have been very involved in this conversation for the past several years, several points stood out.
Apr 04, 2017
As I’ve written previously, our Nirvana in HPLC column selection would be to enter the structures of our analytes and have a database tell us the column and mobile phase conditions that we should use to carry out the separation successfully. Although I know of several groups who are working on this, in practice we are still a long way from realizing this goal.
Mar 31, 2017
I have written previously about occupying the middle ground in the debate over the environmental implications of unconventional oil and gas extraction operations. It seems we are just in the right place, when we are criticized and praised at separate times by proponents of both extreme views—namely those who think UOG is perfectly safe and those who think it cannot be done without ruining the environment.
Mar 01, 2017
A short treatment of what to consider when choosing the appropriate sample solvent so you can be better informed when developing, optimizing, transferring, or troubleshooting your GC methods.
Feb 27, 2017
Students who have an internship on their resume, and are seeking jobs in a particular sector, are doing so with an informed opinion. While an internship comes in many forms, that real-world experience has provided a clear touchstone of understanding of what it would be like to work in a given sector.
Feb 06, 2017
This time I’m going to be looking at how to get the most from your GC–MS (Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry) system, and I intend to keep things as simple as possible, however I also make no apology in the fact that some of the concepts may be beyond your current understanding. My intention here is to explain some of the basics so that you will be able to use your instrumentation to best effect.
Jan 30, 2017
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For the most part, we are still instructing undergraduate students in the same way as when I went to school, and I think this is a disservice to the students and to the nature of chemistry. No wonder chemistry programs have trouble attracting students compared to other science disciplines, like biology and psychology. Students will take general chemistry, but they cannot see where it may lead. I want to change that.
Jan 11, 2017
Many of our instrument techniques rely on a calibration in order to relate the detector response to the amount of analyte within our sample.
Jan 09, 2017
In order to contemplate and test your knowledge, Kevin A. Schug provides a sampling of some of his chromatography true–false questions from his senior-level Instrumental Analysis course.
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