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June 01, 2021
We take a look at the past, present, and future of applying gas chromatography–mass spectroscopy (GC–MS) techniques to non-targeted screening (NTS) in various disciplines, assessing both the opportunities and the challenges.
Recycling plastics involves catalytically cracking polymers back into their constituent monomer mixtures, which require careful characterization for further processing. There is a resurging need for detectors that can detect and characterize heteroatom-containing species.
Correlation, clustering, and color projection techniques exploit the ability of the human brain to identify patterns from huge amounts of visual information. This process can provide a life raft for a weary chromatographer who is drowning in data.
Solid adsorbent gas chromatography (GC) columns, such as porous layer open tubular (PLOT) columns, are the best option for GC analysis of C1–C5 hydrocarbons, but water can affect retention and selectivity. We review the effects of water for different types of PLOT columns, and explain how to prevent or remediate the problem.
Microextraction is an affordable solution for preventing “garbage in–garbage out” effects in one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) GC separations, by providing analyte preconcentration, interference removal, tuning of extraction coverage, and easy coupling to GC systems.
May 26, 2021
Separation science is an intriguing and challenging (yes, let’s admit it) interdisciplinary field. Many of our daily rituals depend on effective chemical separations.
May 17, 2021
A review of the history and fundamentals for determining and reporting limit of detection (LOD) for analytical instruments and methods. Includes a discussion of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and propagation of errors methods used for calculating LOD, and explains the limitations of the IUPAC method in modern chromatography.
May 11, 2021
I’d like to concentrate on variables that can really impact our chromatography, but may be on hidden, supplementary, or advanced pages of our software, or may appear on the main software acquisitions menus, but are poorly understood or rarely altered. These variables are often not specifically referenced in laboratory methods documents or, if they do appear, are poorly understood.
May 01, 2021
Decomposing animal tissue releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs), of interest in forensic science. We describe the use of GC×GC–qMS/FID retrofitted with a reverse fill/flush (RFF) flow modulator for analyzing these VOCs in a tropical climate.
The limit of detection (LOD) of an analytical method may be defined as the smallest concentration of analyte that has a signal significantly greater than that of a blank sample signal. We explore the sources of experimental uncertainty and variability in LOD determinations.