Archive for 2017

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 […]

Upcoming Restek Cannabis Testing Seminar

10/9 UPDATE- This seminar has been cancelled. Stay tuned for future dates.  New to chromatography? Looking to brush up on your current analytical skills? Interested in what different types of cannabis testing currently exist? The analytical market for cannabis is a rapidly growing, burgeoning field. As more and more states legalize cannabis, an increased number […]

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 […]

Don’t forget about your lab’s moisture traps/filters, especially when it’s summer

One of the common issues which arise in laboratories during the summer is moisture in the gas lines. Although I never quite understood how this would happen when using gas cylinders, it does, especially when a manifold system is used, or if the length of tubing from the gas source to the instrument is longer […]

Is the column shown on the COA for a chemical reference standard the best column for these compounds?

  In some cases the answer is “yes”. In most cases the answer is “no”.   So why would we choose a column that is not the optimal for a specific standard? It’s because of the large number of reference standards we sell. Each mix needs to have its own validated method. If we were […]

Cross reference lists for GC columns and other useful links

With everyone in such a hurry these days, when you cannot find what you need in a few minutes, how often do you give up and move onto your next project?   I’m the same way, so when I find a way to group commonly referenced information into one convenient area, I usually do it.  Below […]

Upcoming revisions to three wastewater methods reviewed at NEMC 2017

Monday morning, representatives from the EPA’s wastewater office reviewed the significant changes for the three major GC wastewater methods: 608.3, 624.1, and 625.1. The overarching goals were to modernize the methods and bring the language and QC requirements in line with the methods from the drinking water and hazardous waste offices. The methods have been […]

A little extra information for installing/conditioning a new packed/micropacked column

Even though we include instruction sheets with most of our packed/micropacked columns which contain enough information for most customers, some customers (many who are new to using packed columns) contact us routinely asking for some additional assistance. As a result, I decided to add some additional information to our current instruction sheets hoping it helps those […]