Archive for the ‘Alternate GC Carrier Gases’ Category

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 […]

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 […]

Restek’s EZGC Online Suite that includes the Method Translator and Flow Calculator, and a Chromatogram Modeler, wins a TASIA Award – Chris Nelson, One of the Suite Builders

The Analytical Scientist is a very smartly produced scientific magazine full of interesting articles, including many on chromatography.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with two of the minds behind this publication, Rich Whitworth and Frank van Geel, on a TAS GCxGC contribution, and have been impressed with the volume of quality work they’ve put […]

Peak Capacity in Capillary GC

Peak Capacity in capillary gas chromatography is different than sample loading capacity, which is something I’ve posted on multiple times recently in ChromaBLOGraphy.  Peak capacity is simply the number of theoretical peaks that can “fit” inside a chromatogram under some definition of how much they should be separated (e.g. baseline resolved or some other criterion).  […]

Alternate GC Carrier Gas: Helium to Nitrogen, 30m x 0.25mm x 0.25µm Column to 20m x 0.15mm x 0.15µm Column

I sent my earlier post, “Switching from Helium to Nitrogen Carrier Gas for GC by Switching from a 30m x 0.25mm x 0.25µm Column to a 20m x 0.15mm x 0.15µm Column” to Roy Lautamo at Restek West for review, as he has a critical eye for particulars.  He wanted to see finer detail in […]

Switching from Helium to Nitrogen Carrier Gas for GC by Switching from a 30m x 0.25mm x 0.25µm Column to a 20m x 0.15mm x 0.15µm Column

Our own Jaap de Zeeuw is a master chromatographer and he sometimes does his best work while sleeping.  Recently he was sharing with me an idea that woke him up in Singapore at 3 AM about switching from helium carrier gas for GC, which is still under threat from a supply shortage, to nitrogen, an […]

Electronic Cigarettes Part III: We’re gonna vape on the EZGC bandwagon.

The title says it all… we’re taking our e-cig method and jumping on the EZGC Method Translator and Flow Calculator bandwagon. Why… well because all the cool kids are doing it. No seriously… to simply reiterate how easy it is to use the Method Translator. In fact, the EZGC Method Translator makes life so easy […]

Fast Determination of PAH and PCB in one Run

Environmental contract labs face a hard price pressure. To overcome this pressure, a trend into the direction of Multi/Multi Methods can be observed. If possible, more than one parameter group shall be determined and measured with one instrument without changing hardware. This implements a specific request for the separation power of the column used and […]

Using Hydrogen Carrier at a Lower Flow Rate for GC-MS – Separations Compromised?

In the previous ChromaBLOGraphy post, Simple translation of GC methods from helium to hydrogen carrier gas, I demonstrated two Method Translation approaches to switching GC carrier gas from helium (He) to hydrogen (H2) for GC-ECD of organochlorine pesticides.  The first approach involved going from speed-optimized flow (SOF) for He to SOF for H2, which is faster, […]

Who Says There’s Nothing New Happening in GC Forensics?

From an analytical standpoint, GC/MS has been routinely used in forensics labs for decades. It was referred to as the ‘gold standard’ in analyte identification, until the ‘platinum standard’ (I’m sure some vendor coined that moniker) of MS/MS became commercially available. Even though we now have a lot of fancy new instruments at our disposal, […]