Part I of our yearly report on new products introduced at Pittcon. This month, columns are highlighted, covering all modes
of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), ultrahigh-pressure liquid chromatography (UHPLC), and liquid-phase separations.
The Pittcon 2013 Conference and Expo (less formally known as the 64th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied
Spectroscopy) was held for the first time in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 17–21, 2013. This year's event
hosted over 1011 instrument manufacturers and laboratory suppliers in more than 1925 booths. In addition to attending the
exposition, the conferees listened to more than 2200 technical presentations (orals, posters, workshops, invited and contributed
talks, and award symposia), checked on numerous company seminar rooms, or attended one of 100 short courses.
Although the attendance was slightly up this year compared to last year, the average attendance had been shrinking over the
last several years. Still, Pittcon remains one of the most important international analytical exhibitions where companies
introduce their latest instruments, instrument accessories, software, columns, and sample preparation and other consumable
products. Several notable companies were missing again this year, but enough were present such that visitors had plenty of
opportunities to investigate new (and old) technologies.
The purpose of this report is to provide information about many of the new separation consumables and accessory products that
were displayed at Pittcon 2013. In some cases, products that were introduced during 2012 but after Pittcon 2012 (1,2) may
be included for reasons of completeness. The information is based on manufacturers' responses to a questionnaire mailed in
early 2013. Because of space limitations and the fact that some manufacturers did not respond to the questionnaire, this report
cannot be considered an exhaustive listing of all new products that were introduced in Philadelphia. However, over the years,
these Pittcon introduction summaries have provided a good source of information that would be difficult for one individual
to gather during the four days of the exhibition. In addition, the products introduced have shown definite correlations to
current research, development, and application activity in the separation sciences.
As in previous years, columns and other products recommended by their manufacturers primarily for biomolecule separations
or sample preparation are denoted in the tables with the designation BIO. Some of these products may be used for general high
performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) separations as well, but their main emphasis is for biological samples.
In this month's coverage, I will describe new column introductions in the areas of HPLC, reversed-phase LC, normal and bonded-phase
LC, hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC), supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC), ion-exchange and ion
chromatography, size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), and specialty chromatography. Next month, I will look at gas chromatography
(GC) columns, sample preparation products, and hardware, accessories, and small tabletop instruments, mainly for sample preparation.