Reducing Matrix Impact on Trace Analysis with GC–MS: A Simple Capillary Flow Technology "Tee" for Improved Backflush Efficiency
Capillary flow technology (CFT) devices are microfluidic components that extend capillary GC capabilities through simple and robust connections between pressure/flow modules and columns. One of the most powerful and simple is the CFT Tee. This is especially useful in GC–MS analysis providing (1) rapid column and inlet maintenance without MSD venting and (2) the capability of rapidly removing late eluting interferences from the column by forcing their retreat into the injection port through "backflushing". Removing these interferences improves column and detector longevity and analytical integrity. Backflushing is very valuable for trace GC–MS analysis in samples from complex matrices like soil, foods or tissues. The CFT Tee uses pressure-pulsed injections and constant flow mode with minimal loss in the MS signal. This approach will be useful to all GC–MS users who want to improve their instrument uptime.