Margit Geissler | Authors


Quantitative Analysis of the Composition of Tea Tree Oil

The analysis of tea tree oil requires a severe quality control due to its potential to induce and elicit skin allergies. Tea tree oil is an essential oil and consists of a large number of constituents. Heart-cut Multidimensional GC–MS is very well suited to analysis of samples of such high complexity.

BTEX Determination in Gasoline Containing Ethanol by Single Oven MDGC

The determination of BTEX in gasoline is usually performed in accordance with the standard test method ASTM D3606 using gas chromatography. However, particularly in the presence of ethanol, co-elutions are observed in one-dimensional chromatography. In this application note a method is described applying multidimensional GC to overcome the separation problem.

Tracking Flavours in White Wine and Coffee Flavour Profiling of Food Samples with SPME-GC–MS and On-column Injection

SPME-GC–MS with on-column injection can be successfully employed for flavour profiling of food samples. The on-column injector of the GC-2010 can be used for SPME without any modifications, only an external ring adapter was used to facilitate the injection. The data can be compared with sensorial data of food.

School's Out For Renovation? Fast and Effective Determination of PCBs in Indoor Air Using Thermodesorption and GC–MS Analysis

Contamination of public buildings with PCBs used as softeners in the 1970's in sealants and wall and ceiling paints can still be detected. If certain threshold values in indoor air are exceeded the source has to be decontaminated. This requires an effective and fast determination of the PCB concentration in indoor air. Thermodesorption GC–MS is a method especially suitable for this purpose. Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are highly toxic and carcinogenic chemical substances. Although first prepared in 1864, they have been industrially manufactured since 1929. The highest production amounts worldwide were recorded in the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s. In the 1970s their use as additives for building materials was widespread because of their flame inhibiting and noise reduction properties.

On-line SEC–Py-GC–MS for the Automated Comprehensive Characterization of Copolymers

Size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) and pyrolysis-gas chromatography (Py-GC) are commonly used to characterize copolymers. SEC is a powerful method to determine the molecular-weight distribution of polymers whereas Py-GC provides valuable information on their chemical composition. The combination of these two techniques could yield combined size and composition information for copolymers or polymer mixtures. A fully automated system was constructed to perform these two-dimensional (2D) characterizations. Several examples of the use of this new technique to comprehensively characterize polymers are described.