Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

Choosing the right dispersive SPE for GC-MS/MS analysis of celery

I’ve recently started experimenting with QuEChERS extractions for pesticide analysis. The available options are overwhelming, especially when it comes to dispersive solid phase extraction (dSPE) for the cleanup. For starters, I’ve been looking at the smaller volume dSPE (2 mL, summarized in Table 1), because I didn’t want to waste the raw material, solvents and […]

Sorry for the delay. Here is your chromatogram with and without the PFAS Delay Column.

Sometimes I hear this from customers: “I don’t need a delay column. I haven’t had any trouble without it so far.” It might be true. You may not have any issues without the delay column, especially when your samples are, for example, highly PFAS contaminated soil samples because the interference is too small to affect […]

Totally serious analysis of N2O – capillary column selection

A few years ago, Jaap wrote a blog, “Can I analyze NO, N2O and NO2 via GC?”, which received a vast response. If you are just starting to dive into the analysis of N2O, scroll through the blog comments where you can find many valuable insights from our blog readers. What I would like to […]

FAMEs blog part 4: Struggling with using hydrogen for AOCS methods Ce 1j-07 or Ce 1h-05?

This blog a part of a series: part 1, part 2, and part 3 Recently I came across customers’ issue with AOCS method Ce 1h-05 used with hydrogen as a carrier gas and I’ve decided to look more closely into what conditions are suggested for this analysis. While at it, I looked also into conditions of methods […]

FAMEs blog part 3: If I Use a Rt-2560 with my GC-MS will it explode?

This blog a part of a series: part 1, part 2, and part 4 Disclaimer: Do not use non-bonded columns, such as Rt-2560, in GC-MS for routine analysis! If you have the need to run some samples, here is what to expect (i.e. quite a bit of bleed) In my last blog, I talked about how […]

Are you experiencing helium supply issues and rising costs?

Helium supply issues are nothing new.  At Restek we have been discussing this off and on for years now.  The following articles and information are just a small selection of what is available on our website and our ChromaBLOGraphy, and are there to help you make informed decisions about alternatives to helium, and reduced helium […]

Which Headspace Vial Cap Is Right For Me?

Today, I’d like to cover a question that I have been receiving from cannabis labs who are doing residual solvents analysis. This blog may not only help cannabis labs, but also help labs analyzing other matrices looking for residual solvents or very volatile compounds. The question is, “Which type of vial and vial cap combination […]

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 […]

Annual Replacement of Cartridge Gas Filters

A significant number of instrument and column complaints are carrier gas related, which could be caused by breakthrough from filters that are not replaced in time. The possible consequences of a filter breakthrough are: Gas distribution system behind the filter will be contaminated (fast cleaning nearly impossible, bleeds for months) Instrument gets contaminated, expensive maintenance […]