Environmental Analysis with GC and GC-MS

March 10, 2009
Megan Evans

Megan Evans is the Associate Editor with LCGC North America and Spectroscopy.

There is always a lot of buzz about environmental issues, ways to test for toxins, and other safety measures at Pittcon. With that in mind, Monday morning's Session 410 titled, "Environmental Analysis with GC and GC-MS," was both informative and refreshing.

There is always a lot of buzz about environmental issues, ways to test for toxins, and other safety measures at Pittcon. With that in mind, Monday morning’s Session 410 titled, “Environmental Analysis with GC and GC-MS,” was both informative and refreshing.

The session began with University of Waterloo’s Suresh Seethapahty’s discussion titled, “Vial-Based Permeation Passive Samplers – Design, Calibration, Environmental Effects on Uptake Rates and Field Applications.” Following this talk was another informative presentation titled, “Comparing GC/Q with a New GC/QQQ for Pesticide Residue Analysis,” by Philip L. Wylie of Agilent Technologies.

“A Method for Screening of Household Dust for Environmental Contaminants with GCxGC-TOFMS,” was the next topic presented by Donald C. Hilton of LECO Corporation. Next up was “Multidimensional HPLC x HRGC-MS Coupling for Multi-Residue Pesticide Analysis in Food and Environmental Samples,” given by Nieves Sarrion of Konik-Tech.

After a brief recess the session continued with a presentation by Dalel Benali, of Veolia Environment, entitled, “Analytical Characterization of NEW Disinfection Byproducts in Drinking Water.” Following that discussion was another presentation focusing on pesticides, “Evaluating a Method to Analyze Pesticides at the Low ppb Level Using GC/MS with Large Volume Injection, Deconvolution Reporting Software, and a Retention Time Locked Pesticide Library,” given by Philip L. Wylie of Agilent Technologies.

Another interesting presentation from Veolia Environment was given by Christophe Tondelier titled, “On Tap Off-flavor Compounds Enrichment: A.R.I.S.T.O.T. Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis.” Finally, rounding out this session was a presentation by Faten Belhadjkaabi of Anjou Recherche titled, “Sludge Carbohydrates Monitoring by Gas Chromatography Coupled with Mass Spectrometry.” Overall, it was a very enjoyable session for any GC and GC-MS aficionado.