Gesa Schad | Authors


Application of an LC–MS/MS Library for the Identification and Quantitation of Pesticides in Food Safety Using MRM Spectrum Mode

This article describes the application of liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC–MS/MS) and enhanced multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) spectrum libraries for multi-pesticide residue analysis. Using these methods, a high number of fragment ion transitions of target compounds can be examined to increase specificity and reporting confidence, reducing the risk of false positive or false negative detection.

From HPLC to UHPLC — And Back

Although ultrahigh-pressure liquid chromatography (UHPLC) method development is fast and cost efficient, many of the analytical methods used in quality control laboratories are still conventional high performance LC (HPLC) separations. Transferring these HPLC methods to UHPLC and validating them is a time-consuming and labour-intensive task. Nevertheless, switching methods from HPLC to UHPLC equipment and vice versa is a powerful tool to increase laboratory efficiency. Modern systems with two flow lines in one system aim to simplify the transition between the two techniques.

Making Method Development Faster for the Analysis of Natural and Artificial Flavourings

A simple, rapid, and robust ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) method has been developed for the simultaneous determination of natural and artificial vanilla flavouring substances as well as some precursors has been developed using an automated method scouting or method optimization workflow. The most suitable mobile phase and stationary phase combination was identified in a scouting run. These conditions were used to create a two-dimensional model in computer simulation software. Temperature and gradient time were varied to establish the optimum fast and robust separation conditions. This approach resulted in a 5.5 min gradient method that allowed for fast screening of 11 compounds of interest.