Ern Dawes | Authors


On-Line and Off-Line Application of Micro-SPE (MEPS)

Solid-phase extraction (SPE) has revolutionized sample preparation. Variations on the technique offer enhanced recovery, greater speciation and reduced solvent and sample consumption over other techniques. Micro-extraction packed sorbent (MEPS) is the miniaturization of conventional SPE from millilitre to microlitre bed volumes that allows SPE to be used with very small samples. The manipulation of the small volumes is achieved with a precision gas tight syringe. With a typical void volume of 7 μL, the volume of solvent eluted from MEPS is compatible with GC and LC inlets making it ideal for integration into an automated sampling system for on-line SPE.