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International Network of Environmental Forensics Conference in Örebro, Sweden

From the INEF website:  “The International Network of Environmental Forensics (INEF) was founded in 2008 to provide a forum for scientists, environmental consultants, regulators and lawyers to share information regarding the use of environmental forensics.  Environmental forensics is the use of scientific techniques to identify and apportion the source(s), age and timing of a contaminant […]

GC-API-MS for BDEs with N2 at BFR2016

OK Jack, enough of the acronyms; this isn’t a word puzzle… Recently I let ChromaBLOGraphy readers know of our work on using gas chromatography (GC) with atmospheric pressure ionization (API) – mass spectrometry (MS) for analysis of brominated diphenyl ethers (BDEs) employing nitrogen (N2) carrier gas, which was presented at BFR2016 (BFR standing for Brominated […]

Shoot-and-Dilute GC – The exciting world of split ratio

OK, maybe it’s too much to hope that split ratio is exciting, but I think the information I’m laying down, all based on data I’ve recently collected in the lab, can be helpful to anyone working with GC. So please check out my recent article in The Column. Let me know if you have any […]

Preserving the First Dimension Separation in GCxGC

I mentioned in a recent blog post that to maximize peak capacity in GCxGC the first dimension separation needs to be preserved by having a very short second dimension separation (short modulation time), often on the order of 2 sec or less, even.  While maximizing peak capacity can be very important when trying to characterize a complex […]

Restek at BFR2016 in Toronto – APGC of Brominated Flame Retardants Using Helium and Nitrogen Carrier Gases

In only a few short weeks, I will be giving a presentation on the analysis of brominated flame retardants at BFR2016 in Toronto.  My colleagues and I used an atmospheric pressure ionization mass spectrometer with gas chromatography on an Rtx-1614  (15m x 0.25mm x 0.10µm) column to look at polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in various […]

Peak Capacity and Selectivity in Gas Chromatography

I recently had the pleasure of hearing Professor Taduesz Gorecki from the University of Waterloo lecture on comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GCxGC).   One of his chief areas of research is on the GCxGC modulator, which is essentially the “injector” for the second dimension column in this multidimensional chromatography approach.  A twist on the usual process from Taduesz […]

Split Injection Makes for Easier Polar Solvent GC Work versus Splitless Injection

As anyone who’s doing QuEChERS knows, analyzing acetonitrile extracts on nonpolar GC columns (like Rxi-5ms, e.g.) using splitless injection can be problematic because of the classic solvent – stationary phase mismatch.  To avoid split peaks we usually have an initial GC oven temperature slightly above the 82°C boiling point of acetonitrile (MeCN), but this causes tailing […]

Don’t Forget to Change Your GC Inlet Bottom Seal and Trim Your GC Column as Part of Your Maintenance Routine!

While doing PAH analysis for dirty samples with splitless GC I saw increased peak tailing and loss of response, so I did what anybody would do: changed my GC inlet liner.  In this case I used a Restek Premium single taper inlet liner with wool.  Unfortunately when I did my next standard analysis, not much was improved.  […]

Restek at the 40th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography and 13th GCxGC Symposium

Restek is proud to have numerous presentations in the orals scientific program for the 4oth ISCC and 13th GCxGC Symposium, which will take place in Riva del Garda, Italy in May. Exploding a Peak Capacity Increase Record by Using Hydrogen Carrier Gas for Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography – Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (Jack Cochran, Julie Kowalski, Christopher […]

Fast Analysis of PAHs using Split Injection and a Short GC Column

Click on the this link:  Fast Analysis of PAHs  to see how I analyzed the EPA 16 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in under 10 min using GC-MS by employing split injection with a Restek Premium Precision split liner with wool and a 15m x 0.25mm x 0.25µm Rxi-5Sil MS GC column.  Split injection allows a higher GC oven […]