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Shoot-and-Dilute GC – Practical GC – The Column

Check out my recently published articles in LCGC – The Column on Shoot-and-Dilute GC (split injection GC), where I outline the benefits of this technique through recently collected experimental data in my lab at Restek.  I’m two articles into my Practical GC series, with another one soon to be published.  This is a continuation of other split injection work […]

Changing from helium to nitrogen carrier gas in gas chromatography while maintaining separation efficiency and analysis time

In two recent ChromaBLOGraphy posts (see links below) I described the experimental implementation of an idea Jaap de Zeeuw had to use nitrogen carrier gas for GC while maintaining the same separation efficiency and analysis time as what could be achieved by helium carrier gas. Wait, that’s impossible, right?!  Not if you go from a […]

Fast gas chromatographic residue analysis in animal feed using split injection and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization tandem mass spectrometry

In a recent ChromaBLOGraphy post I mentioned that we are doing a campaign on “shoot-and-dilute GC”, also known as split injection GC, at RAFA 2015. A paper just published by Tienstra, Portolés, Hernández, and Mol used split injection with APGC for pesticide and other residue analysis in animal feed to achieve many of the benefits we’ve been […]

7th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA)

The 7th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis, better known in short as RAFA, starts this week in Prague, The Czech Republic.  This is my tenth anniversary for this biennial meeting, where the organizer, Jana Hajšlová, invited me to give the lecture, Using the QuEChERS Sample Preparation Method and GCxGC-TOFMS to Determine Pesticides […]

The Promise of True Peak Capacity Increase GCxGC Realized

I mentioned in my last ChromaBLOGraphy post, Phthalate-Free Personal Care Products?, that we used GCxGC-TOFMS to determine phthalates in a Las Vegas Wash water sample.  While it doesn’t dive into specific compound identification, we recently published the first demonstration of a near theoretical maximum peak capacity gain for GCxGC (approximately 9x) in an open access […]

Phthalate-Free Personal Care Products?

In her recent ChromaBLOGraphy posts, Minimizing Phthalate Interferences Using the Rtx-CLPesticides/Rtx-CLPesticides2 Columns and EPA Regulated Phthalates FREE?, my colleague Dan Li pointed out the ubiquitous nature of phthalates in our world because of their widespread use in plastic consumer products, and that phthalates likely have adverse human health effects, including as endocrine disruptors.  Any of […]

Jacob de Boer Gives Opening Lecture at the 7th International Symposium on Flame Retardants (BFR 2015)

Jacob de Boer from the VU University, Institute for Environmental Studies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, gave the first plenary lecture at BFR 2105 in Beijing, “Recent Trends in the Use and Environmental Occurrence OF Flame Retardants: More – Less Persistent – More Toxic?”  As expected, his thought-provoking talk covered a wide range of brominated flame retardants […]

New Restek EU PAH 15+1 Standard Separated on Rxi-PAH GC Column

Many of you may know that Restek recently developed and released a standard to support the determination of certain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in food because they may be genotoxic and carcinogenic to humans.  You can find details on the EFSA Scientific Opinion that lists the so-called 15+1 PAHs here.  Hopefully you also know that […]

Medical Cannabis Terpenes Standards now available from Restek!

As many of you dedicated ChromaBLOGraphy readers know, Restek has supported the medical marijuana market for years with reference materials, and GC and LC consumables.  We find the field fascinating, so much so that we try to anticipate the upcoming needs of medical cannabis analysts through method development for compounds in addition to cannabinoids that […]

Comparison of Phencylidine and Prazepam as Internal Standards in Medical Cannabis Potency Analysis with GC-FID

Recently in the ChromaBLOGraphy posts below I proposed the use of Phencylidine (PCP) as an internal standard (ISTD) for cannabinoids analysis with GC-FID when using the Rxi-35Sil MS GC column.  I demonstrated that the RSD% of Average Response Factors (Avg RFs) and Correlation Coefficients (CCs) for the calibration curves generated using the ISTD technique were […]