New Chromatography Columns and Accessories at Pittcon 2011: Part I

Mar 01, 2011

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 as possible.

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.