Posts Tagged ‘sample prep’

Dilute, Shoot, and Elute – am I missing anything? YES!

  Everyone’s lab is different in terms of how many samples per day are processed, but they all share the common pain point of sample preparation. Some samples like blood and plasma need a significant amount of prep to remove proteins, phospholipids, and salts, whereas labs running urine or drinking water samples can “get by” […]

EPRW: European Pesticides Residue Workshop in Sunny Cyprus

                                    Just wanted to let everyone know that we have published our presentations we presented at EPRW (European Pesticide Residue Workshop) last month in Limassol, Cyprus. It was a great meeting in a beautiful location. It was a pleasure to […]

Pesticide analysis for cannabis flower: method and data overview

Pesticides in cannabis has been a hot topic lately and we have been getting many requests for help with this analysis. We did work on pesticide residue testing in cannabis about 6 years ago. At that time, we were limited to testing our methods with a small amount of seized material. Recently, we have been […]

How Dirty Are You? Part 2…Pipet Bulbs…The Question

Check out the first How Dirty Are You? blog about Parafilm®. This How Dirty Are You? blog is all about pipet bulbs. Our lab has 14 people and we have at least a few types of pipet bulbs for both borosilicate glass Pasteur pipets or volumetric pipets. I am sure this isn’t surprising to most […]

Shortcut: AOAC QuEChERS protocol

Here is our checklist style protocol based on the AOAC 2007.01 QuEChERS method. The document describes producing spiked samples at 10 ppb and no spiked samples that are used to determine incurred pesticides. Commodity samples that are not spiked as also used to product matrix-matched standards. During method development we usually test more than one […]

Spring is finally here! Unfortunately so are the ticks…

After a long and cold winter here at the Restek headquarters in Bellefonte, PA, USA it seems that spring is finally here!  It is so nice this time of year to get outside and enjoy the weather and the beautiful outdoors that Pennsylvania has to offer.   Unfortunately after a hike in the woods there is […]

QuonFuseD by QuEChERS?

Currently the big push for sample prep is using QuEChERS, which stands for “Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged, and Safe”. It is a much more streamlined method, when compared to traditional liquid/liquid extractions and even SPE. Pesticide residues in various matrices are often analyzed by QuEChERS methodology, and today it is probably the most often […]