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As we approach the holiday season, in what has a been the most challenging of years both inside and outside of the laboratory, I wanted to produce a more light-hearted yet inspiring review of 2020 within the Arch Sciences Group laboratories.
Here then are our 12 Tips of Christmas, contributed by analytical chemistry practitioners from around the group, which we hope will have a positive impact on your laboratory activities, in what we hope will be a much brighter 2021. You’ll find no “Lord’s a Leaping,” “Swans a Swimming,” or “Partridges in Pear Trees,” but a collection of hopefully useful hints and tips based on very current issues in chromatography practice.
Best wishes to everyone for Happy Holidays and a successful year of separations in 2021. Oh, and don’t forget to make sure all of your “New Year’s resolutions” are accompanied by an improvement in selectivity.
With thanks to my colleagues Suzanne Corcoran, Nick Morley, Sam Albeke, Colin Towers, and Tim Liddicoat at Arch Sciences Group, for providing input and inspiration for this article.
Tony Taylor is the Chief Scientific Officer of Arch Sciences Group and the Technical Director of CHROMacademy. His background is in pharmaceutical R&D and polymer chemistry, but he has spent the past 20 years in training and consulting, working with Crawford Scientific Group clients to ensure they attain the very best analytical science possible. He has trained and consulted with thousands of analytical chemists globally and is passionate about professional development in separation science, developing CHROMacademy as a means to provide high-quality online education to analytical chemists. His current research interests include HPLC column selectivity codification, advanced automated sample preparation, and LC–MS and GC–MS for materials characterization, especially in the field of extractables and leachables analysis.