Archive for 2017

Is the column shown on the COA for a chemical reference standard the best column for these compounds?

  In some cases the answer is “yes”. In most cases the answer is “no”.   So why would we choose a column that is not the optimal for a specific standard? It’s because of the large number of reference standards we sell. Each mix needs to have its own validated method. If we were […]

Cross reference lists for GC columns and other useful links

With everyone in such a hurry these days, when you cannot find what you need in a few minutes, how often do you give up and move onto your next project?   I’m the same way, so when I find a way to group commonly referenced information into one convenient area, I usually do it.  Below […]

Upcoming revisions to three wastewater methods reviewed at NEMC 2017

Monday morning, representatives from the EPA’s wastewater office reviewed the significant changes for the three major GC wastewater methods: 608.3, 624.1, and 625.1. The overarching goals were to modernize the methods and bring the language and QC requirements in line with the methods from the drinking water and hazardous waste offices. The methods have been […]

A little extra information for installing/conditioning a new packed/micropacked column

Even though we include instruction sheets with most of our packed/micropacked columns which contain enough information for most customers, some customers (many who are new to using packed columns) contact us routinely asking for some additional assistance. As a result, I decided to add some additional information to our current instruction sheets hoping it helps those […]

Robustness = Confidence

When you see an analytical chemist confidently swagger through the laboratory, you cannot help but ask yourself “is he/she using SPME Arrows?” You say this now, because you know that the SPME Arrow bolsters copious amounts of confidence, which all stems from the increased mechanical robustness and phase volumes, over traditional SPME fibers that is. […]

Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbons (EPH) Method – Why it is important?

Spills and releases of petroleum fuels are the largest source of environmental contamination in the United States. Massachusetts published a method that addresses the need to account for semi-volatile aliphatic and aromatic fractions of gasoline using gas chromatography (GC) analysis and a flame ionization detector (FID). This method was designed to measure the collective concentrations […]

Does that SPME Arrow come with a free lunch?

Here at Restek our company has a core value referred to as “In the Light.” For me, I like to think of it as no skeletons in the closet. So, time for me to shine a little light. I already introduced you to the SPME Arrow. I also addressed the SPME Arrow’s larger diameter and […]

Excellent question Hailey!!!

Last time, I told you I hunt for organic compounds with SPME Arrows, as opposed to the traditional SPME fibers, because I greatly appreciate the mechanical robustness and increased phase volumes afforded by the SPME Arrow. That blog has since received the following excellent comment/question from Hailey: The “sheath” part of the Arrow looks to […]

I hunt with arrows… SPME that is!

When you say “I hunt with arrows” in central PA, you better be prepared for a long conversation about whitetail deer. So, I better clarify that I am talking about hunting for organic compounds with a SPME Arrow. What is all this I am talking about? Time for a brief history lesson: Janusz Pawliszyn (University […]

Making a TO-15 Working Standard: Part 2 How-To Video

Last time we learned that in order to make a TO-15 working standard from our stock standard we need to determine our stock standard concentration, canister volume, stock standard injection volume, and final canister pressure. We covered how to go about deriving all of the aforementioned, the associated math, and I even provided you with […]