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SPME Fundamentals: Don’t forget the salt for HS VOCs!

Long story short: We were comparing head space (HS)-SPME data with some colleagues, when they asked us “how are we using a 4 minute extraction time on our brewed coffee, when they need 10 minutes to achieve comparable results?” I told you coffee was on the horizon in my last blog. After comparing the 12 […]

SPME Arrow for Acrylamide in Potato Chips

I love potato chips and I love the SPME Arrow. So, after talking with my colleague Joe Konschnik about taking advantage of the SPME Arrow to analyze acrylamide and other off-flavor compounds in potato chips; I immediately grabbed a bag of chips from my file cabinet (yes, I keep snacks readily at hand and I […]

Aura Personal Air Samplers for NIOSH Canister Method 3900

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published their “Volatile Organic Compounds, C1 to C10, Canister Method 3900” in the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM), Fifth Edition. In short, the method is a variant of United States (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Method TO-15; however, with a focus on a particular […]

TO-15 + PAMS + TO-11A = China’s HJ759 + PAMS + HJ683

It is very fitting that I write this blog while I am in Shanghai, China. The impetus for this blog, and the blogs to follow, is that the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment (formerly the Ministry of Environmental Protection) published their “VOCs Monitoring Scheme of Environmental Air Quality.” In short, this standard outlines the sampling […]

Paul’s excellent questions on “Liner Selection for HS VOCs”

I had a feeling the blog I posted yesterday was sure to prompt some thought-provoking questions, as some of my peers had already been doing so. So, it came as no surprise that Paul posted the following excellent questions (in black) to which I have responded to in blue. Normally, I would just address all […]

SPME Fundamentals: Liner Selection for HS VOCs

My colleague Linx Waclaski is usually the one doling out excellent liner advice, so bear with me as I take a crack at this liner stuff. Ever since we came out with traditional SPME and the SPME Arrow, a lot of customers have had concerns/questions regarding SPME liner dimensions. The short answer to most of […]

This Valentine’s Day is all about QUICK connections…

This year, you do not have to be in a long-term, committed relationship in order to embrace Valentine’s Day. In fact, this year is dedicated to “QUICK connections.” You say WHAT???? Check out the following video and you will understand:

An introduction to radiello: a passive, diffusive air sampling badge for VOCs

Today, Restek launched the radiello passive, diffusive air sampling badge for VOCs. Oh… so you do not know what that is. Well then, be sure to check out the following video, which will give you an introduction to radiello: Stay tuned for future blogs featuring how to properly utilize the radiello.

VMS for when your TO-15 air lab is hazy, hot, and humid!

When it comes to analyzing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in air canisters, it is no secret that my go-to-column is the VMS. I have raved about the VMS in the following pieces: The NJDEP-SRP Low Level TO-15 blog series My Favorite Column blog A white paper And some other articles I am forgetting… You get […]

Alicat Flow Meters for Your TO-11/13/15/17 (Anything Air) Laboratory: Let’s Talk About Errors and Ranges

If you already own an Alicat flow meter, then I will soon be preaching to the choir. However, if you do not have an Alicat flow meter and you work in a toxics organics (TO) air laboratory, whether it be U.S. EPA Method TO-11A or TO-17, etc… then you do not know what you are […]