Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Modifying QuEChERS for complicated matrices- Dry Samples

Before getting in to this discussion, I recommend reading my previous blog post first regarding classical applications for methods based on Quechers. QuEChERS methods were originally written to analyze pesticides in fruit and vegetable matrices, most of which have high water content and low fat content. More recently, the technique has been used for […]

Pesticides are like Siblings, They Don’t Always Get Along part 2 – now with the GC mix!

Last year my colleague Landon publish his blog about pesticide multiresidue LC mix stability in a celery matrix and in a solvent. Today, I’d like to show you what happens when you do this with the GC multiresidue pesticide kit. On day 0, I prepared stock solutions from all 9 ampules of the GC multiresidue […]

Quechers dSPE selection- which one is best?

Method development for Quechers sample cleanup can be a complicated task. Not only does the analyst need to make sure their analytes of interest can be recovered, but the matrix interferences must be removed enough to make the quantitation possible and reliable. It makes sense that selecting the best dSPE products is highly dependent on […]

One Stop Shop for Essential Oils Chromatograms

In the past few months, we have collected a variety of chromatograms using two different column phases, and three different column dimension formats. The peak identifications were performed using some standards but mostly from the NIST MS EI spectra library, 2005 edition. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Citronella Java GC_FF1296 […]

Analyzing avocado: How to deal with lack of water and keep the fats out

Avocados are a popular produce item. In fact, the consumption of avocados rose by 450% since 2000! The good news – avocados are ranked number 1 on the clean 15 list, meaning they have the least amount of pesticide residues. With so many avocados on the market, the testing is as important as ever, which […]

Are Wax columns always used for essential oils?

My last blog examined the analysis of essential oils using GC columns with wax phases. While these columns are commonly used for natural oils, they are not the only option. Another choice that falls on the other end of the selectivity spectrum, in this case, a non or low polar; dimethyl diphenyl polysiloxane stationary phase. […]

A closer look at selectivity and tailing: Essential oils and Wax phases

The most common way to analyze essential oils is to use GC with either a FID or MS. The wax-based columns are the number one choice for many users and following up on an excellent blog post by Corby, I wanted to evaluate two wax in Restek inventory: Stabilwax and Rtx-Wax. The essential oil we chose was […]

Falling Victim to One of LC’s Classic Blunders: Mismatching Your Diluent and Mobile Phase

An early lesson most of us learn in liquid chromatography is this: Always match your diluent to your mobile phase.  Once the exams are done, if you learned this in a college course, or your manager has walked away, you start flexing this “requirement” a little to see how matched they really need to be.  […]

Determining Optimal LC-MS/MS MRMs: Sensitivity is NOT Everything!

LC-MS/MS using electrospray ionization (ESI) is a widely used platform for routine target analysis and quantitation. However, one big challenge faced through the use of ESI is the presence of matrix effects. So, what are matrix effects and why are they important? Simply put, when matrix components coelute with the target analytes, they have the […]

Analyzing orange: peel and pulp separately or as whole?

Up to this point, I’ve focused on the optimization of QuEChERS salts and dSPE cleanup with fairly homogenous matrices. So, what about oranges? Should I peel them and analyze only the pulp? After all, that is the edible part. The peel is used as well – pressed into essential oils or scraped into zest. Besides, […]