Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

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 […]

The usage of Reference Standards in MOSH/MOAH Analysis

Abstract The unintended migration of mineral oil compounds into food, e.g from packing materials or from production processes are a raising topic in industry and scientific discussions. For a first screening, an LC-GC/FID method was established in the last years. In collaboration with Axel Semrau, Restek has developed ready to use standards for quantification and […]

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 […]

Rxi-624Sil MS Pro-EZGC Library: 591 Compounds to Choose From

Five years ago Chris English showed in his blog post “I Can’t Drive 55” — The Pure Power of EZGC all 233 compounds that were in the Rxi-624Sil library. While that is a lot, we didn’t want to stop there. This weekend we added over 350 new compounds with various functionalities – e.g. alcohols, aldehydes (first time […]

Optimizing Mass on Column to Balance Sensitivity Requirements and Calibration Range with Split Injection

This is a continuation of the EPA Method 8270 blog series started in January of 2016. Previous posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. We’ve been focusing on the advantages of split injection analysis, while highlighting the weaknesses of splitless injection. This blog is going to revisit the topic of column overload in more detail […]

A Simple Tip for Quicker Searching

One of the questions that Restek’s Technical Service Group is asked frequently is “how do I find ____ on your website?” The Restek website contains tens of thousands of products and supporting resources. In the past, my colleagues have written posts on using our online search function and how to use our searchable chromatogram database. […]

Restek Proudly Supports Young Scientists at Germany’s 28th Annual Separation Science Working Group’s PhD Student Conference

Helping young scientists grow into the chromatographic industry’s next generation of innovators and leaders is an opportunity we relish at Restek. For a company dedicated to the science of separation, it is invigorating to see the work of aspiring chromatographers, and there is no better place to see that than the annual PhD Student Conference […]

How (Not) To Cut Your Capillary Column

There are numerous ways to cut a capillary column. Restek has several tools to accomplish this job. There are sapphire scribes, ceramic scoring wafers, wafers with a handle, and diamond blade column cutters. There are also some tools manufactured by other companies that will cut a capillary column. The choice is typically personal preference. No […]

Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbon (EPH) – Extractable Background of Resprep EPH Cartridges

Restek’s Resprep EPH Fractionation SPE Cartridges (cat # 25859) provide method-specific performance for EPH analysis of soil and water samples through complete separation of aliphatic and aromatic compounds into distinct fractions, while providing extractable background levels guaranteed to fall under the strict reporting limits of Massachusetts and New Jersey EPH methods.   The cleanliness of […]