Allen Vickers | Authors

Senior Applications Chemist, Agilent Technologies, Folsom, California.

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Practical Guidelines in the Care and Maintenance of Capillary GC Columns

Modern gas chromatography (GC) capillary columns are rugged and forgiving but some care should be taken when handling and using these high-efficiency columns. In this installment of "Column Watch," the authors discuss the issues surrounding avoiding column breakage, stationary phase damage, and column contamination. Prolonging the life of a column by keeping an oxygen-free system, providing a cleaner sample, and not exceeding the upper temperature limit of the stationary phase are highlighted in this practical discussion.