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GC Inlet Liner Selection, Part I: Splitless Liner Selection

Splitless injections are used when detection of trace amounts of analytes is necessary and the goal is to recover close to 100% of all analytes that are injected into the instrument.  During a splitless injection, the split vent is closed for a predetermined amount of time, directing all inlet flow onto the column (with the […]

GC Inlet Liner Selection: An Introduction

GC inlet liners play an important role in GC sample introduction. The sample’s first contact is with the liner and from there it is transferred to the analytical column. In the case of liquid injections, the sample must be vaporized inside of the liner prior to transfer.  Choosing a proper inlet liner for your analysis […]

A Tale of Two Columns (CLPesticides and CLPesticides2)—Part IV: Fast 8081 Method Using GC Accelerator Kit

The moment has finally come to see how we can use the GC Accelerator to get the most horsepower for your 8081 analysis.  If you’ve been following this blog series, you will remember that in Part II, I talked about ways to make your runs faster.  I also showed you our previous fast “7 minute” […]

A Tale of Two Columns (CLPesticides and CLPesticides2)—Part III: Using the GC Accelerator Kit for Dual Column Analyses

In my previous two blogs (Part I and Part II), I mentioned the use of Restek’s GC Accelerator Oven Insert Kit (cat. #23849) for making your methods even faster.  The GC Accelerator kit was originally released with the intent of being used with an Agilent GC-MS system; however, this same kit can also be used […]

A Tale of Two Columns (CLPesticides and CLPesticides2)—Part II: Gaining Speed

In my previous blog post, I gave you a little history of the CLPesticides columns.  You’ll remember that I pointed out the 24 minute run times, which were promoted as being fast at the time.  Fortunately, there are ways to attain faster runs on this column pair for standard 8081 pesticides, due to their awesome […]

A Tale of Two Columns (CLPesticides & CLPesticides2)—Part I: A Little History

Chlorinated pesticides are persistent environmental contaminants commonly analyzed using a variety of GC methods, including US EPA 8081, 608 and 508.  Due to similarities in chemical properties of these pesticides, selectivity must be carefully considered when choosing GC columns.  Historically, columns with phenyl methyl (5% phenyl, 35% phenyl, 50% phenyl columns) and cyanopropyl (1701 column) […]

Tailing solvent peak during split injection? Check your column installation distance!

When performing splitless injections, it is not uncommon to witness a tailing solvent peak, given the large amount of solvent introduced onto the column over a relatively long period of time.  For split injections, however, only a small portion of the solvent loads onto the column and it occurs very quickly. This results in a […]

Are My Shut-off Valves Contaminated?

Shut-off valves provide a convenient means to control gas flows and are often used in conjunction with gas chromatography systems.  There are several types of shut-off valves including ball valves, plug valves, and diaphragm-sealed valves.  Some of these valves, ball and plug valves included, use a silicone-based lubricant to make opening and closing the valve […]

Check out Dual Vespel® Ring Inlet Seals

Inlet seals are a critical component for ensuring a leak free seal at the base of a GC inlet.  For those of you who are using standard inlet seals on Agilent or Thermo Trace instruments, Restek also offers an alternative known as the Dual Vespel® Ring seal.  This seal features a Vespel® ring on each side […]

The “Breakdown” of Endrin and DDT for Non-Environmental Chemists

As the title makes clear, this post is aimed more at non-environmental laboratory personnel who are not familiar with US EPA methods.  If you are one of those environmental lab gurus who shudders at the sound of a “pesticide degradation check”, this is probably stuff you already know. Anyways, for the rest of you, you […]