Part I of our annual review of new products introduced at Pittcon covers all types of liquid chromatography columns and accessories
for analytical and preparative chromatography. Next month, Part II will review gas chromatography columns, sample preparation
products, and hardware, accessories and small tabletop instruments, mainly for sample preparation.
The Pittcon 2011 Conference and Expo (more formally known as the 62nd Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied
Spectroscopy) will return to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta March 13–18, 2011, after a 13-year hiatus. This
year's event will host nearly 800 instrument manufacturers and laboratory suppliers in more than 1700 booths. In addition
to attending the exposition, conferees will have the opportunity to listen to around 1800 technical presentations (orals,
posters, workshops, and invited and contributed talks and award symposia), check out numerous company seminars, and attend
one of 146 short courses.
Although attendance has been shrinking the last several years, Pittcon clearly remains the most important yearly international
analytical exhibition, where companies introduce their latest instruments, instrument accessories, software, columns, sample
preparation, and other consumable products. Because many past attendees have purchased one or more new products within three
months after attending the show, most exhibitors attempt to maximize their booth traffic to meet as many potential customers
The purpose of this report is to summarize many of the new separation consumables and accessory products that will be displayed
at Pittcon 2011. In some cases, products that were introduced last year but after Pittcon 2010 (1,2) may be included for reasons
of completeness. The information that appears here is based on manufacturers' responses to a questionnaire mailed in late
2010. 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 introduced in Atlanta. Over the years, however, 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 describe new introductions in the areas of high performance liquid, reversed-phase, normal- and
bonded-phase, ion-exchange and ion, size-exclusion, large- and preparative-scale, and specialty chromatography columns. Next
month, I will look at gas chromatography (GC) columns, sample preparation products, and hardware, accessories and small tabletop
instruments, mainly for sample preparation.