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Bethany Degg

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GC–MS Analysis of Blowflies to Detect Methamphetamine
July 24, 2014

Researchers from the University of Western Australia's Centre for Forensic Science have collaborated with the University of Turin's Department of Chemistry in Italy to develop a gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS) method to analyze levels of methamphetamine (MA) in blowflies (Calliphora vomitoria L.).

Detecting Ignitable Liquids with GC–MS
July 24, 2014

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated the application of PLOT-cryoadsorption (PLOT–cryo) coupled to gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS) for the analysis of ignitable liquid (IL) residues in fire debris.

Antimicrobial Exposure of Expectant Mothers
July 24, 2014

Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC–MS) analysis has been performed on urine and cord blood samples from expectant mothers to explore the exposure to the antimicrobial agents triclosan (TCS) and tricarban (TCC). The agents have received increasing attention over recent years, with concerns being raised over lack of efficacy and potential toxicity to the environment, as well as human health.

Digital Microfluidics Coupled to Miniature MS
July 24, 2014

Great advances have been made in the field of miniaturization of mass spectrometers, opening up the potential to save time by performing analysis in the field; however, sample preparation has yet to catch up. A new study published in the journal Analytical Chemistry demonstrates the application of microfluidics integrated with a miniature mass spectrometer for the detection of illicit drugs in dried urine samples, which can simultaneously analyze four samples in under 15 min.

Applying Gas Chromatography to Environmental Geochemistry
July 24, 2014

In the first of a two-part Q&A The Column spoke to Paul A. Sutton, a research fellow in the Petroleum and Environmental Geochemistry Group (PEGG) at Plymouth University (Plymouth, UK), about the analysis of crude oil and how high temperature gas chromatography can be used to save millions of dollars for the oil industry.

HPLC–MS–MS Detects Insecticide Degradates in Baby Food
July 7, 2014

Scientists from Emory University (Georgia, USA) have developed a new solid–phase extraction (SPE) method to isolate four insecticide degradates from baby food for analysis by high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC–MS–MS). The paper published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry describes how the method can be applied to differentiate between exposure to insecticides or preformed degradates.

N–glycan Biopharmaceutical Reference Library
July 7, 2014

Thirty percent of approved drugs will be based on recombinant monoclonal antibody (rMab) drugs over the next 10 years. Glycosylation, the convalent addition of carbohydrates to proteins, can influence properties of rMab drugs and has to be closely monitored during drug development and production. Scientists from the University of California (California, USA) have developed a new liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC–MS) N-glycan library based on eight commercially available recombinant monoclonal antibodies, for the rapid identification of glycosylated structures.

Teaching Old Drugs New Tricks
June 19, 2014

James Frahill, who is a Research Analyst at the Pfizer Process Development Centre (Cork, Republic of Ireland), spoke to Bethany Degg of The Column about the role of the chromatographer in the pharmaceutical process development group at Pfizer.

Profiling MDMA Impurities Using HS–SPME
June 19, 2014

Profiling impurities in MDMA (also known as ecstasy) is essential to forensic science as different profiles can provide clues about the source. Two researchers from Michigan State University (Michigan, USA) investigated the effect of liquid–liquid extraction (LLE), headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS–SPME), and different gas chromatography temperature programmes highlighting the need for standardized procedures.

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