Archive for 2017

Cannabis Concentrates Part I: Introduction to Residual Solvents

Greetings, everyone! My name is Colton Myers and I’m the new kid on the block at Restek…kinda. You may have seen my name before in Jason Herrington’s E-Cig blogs, but that’s from when I was an intern at Restek. Now, I have the opportunity to work in our Innovations lab at Restek and do some […]

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 […]

SPME Arrow Tip = Less Septa Piercing Force

As we indicated in our response to Hailey, the arrow-shaped tip on a SPME Arrow facilitates the smooth penetration of vial and GC septa. We even demonstrated how well GC septa stand up to repeated Arrow injections. However, the following video clearly demonstrates how the Arrow tip enables end users to pierce a vial septum […]

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 […]

Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbons (EPH) – Lot to Lot Reproducibility of Resprep EPH Cartridges

As previously discussed in my last blog, “Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbons (EPH) Method – Why it is important?”, 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 […]

SPME Arrow Sensitivity = Speed

We have demonstrated that the SPME Arrow is more durable and sensitive than a traditional SPME fiber. What more could you ask for? Well, truth be told that some analysts are content with the durability of their traditional SPME fibers. It is just like any other unhealthy relationship, where they have no clue how good […]

SPME Arrow Size = Sensitivity

By now you should know what a SPME Arrow is and that you should be using a SPME Arrow instead of a traditional SPME fiber, because the Arrow is more durable. The same physical dimensions, which make an Arrow more mechanically robust, also afford an increase in sensitivity. Last time, you saw that the phase […]

Cassini-Huygens: 20-Year Mission Accomplished

On October 15th, 1997, the $3 billion spacecraft went on a seven year, two-billion-mile journey to study the planet Saturn along with its moons and rings. After arriving at the Saturnian system, Cassini deployed the 700-pound Huygens probe to its largest moon, Titan. At 100 miles above the surface the aerosol collector pyrolizer (ACP) and […]

Which LC column should I use for my method?

We understand that with so many products on the market, choosing a column to get started can be difficult. Of course, column selection depends on what type of method you are following and what kind of LC system you have in your lab. Let’s begin by looking at our choices for the more traditional, fully […]

Should I use LC or GC for my analysis?

Although most analysts already know which approach they need to use for analysis, this is occasionally a topic of discussion.  While this blog post is not meant to give an absolute answer for each specific application, I hope to provide some tips to steer you in the general direction towards a solution, if this is […]