Archive for the ‘GCxGC’ Category

Which GC instrument should I use for the analysis of pesticides in herbal tea? GC-MS/MS or GCxGC-TOFMS?

You may remember a while ago I posted a blog about the analysis of herbal tea using QuEChERS and GCxGC-TOFMS.   The LECO Pegasus GCxGC-TOFMS is a great instrument for analyzing complex samples because of the comprehensive chromatographic separation achieved (two columns with different selectivities).  The GCxGC-TOFMS also excels at non-target screening of compounds.  Lucky for […]

Benzo[b]fluoranthene as part of the EFSA PAH4

I’ve already had one reader of my last post, Is separation of benzo[b]fluoranthene and benzo[k]fluoranthene on 5% phenyl-type GC columns really that important for environmental analyses? ask why I had benzo[b]fluoranthene in red text on the chromatograms.  I had planned to include something about it being on the EFSA PAH4 list in that post, but […]

The International Network of Environmental Forensics 2014 Conference

The International Network of Environmental Forensics (INEF) 2014 Conference will be held at St John’s College in Cambridge, UK from August 4-6.  Environmental forensics involves the use of a broad array of scientific techniques to not only identify a pollutant in the environment, but also apportion its introduction source and timing, often in support of finding a […]

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 […]

Terpenes in Impinger Extracts of Kryptonite and Blueberry Strains of Medical Cannabis

As noted in my earlier post, Terpenes in Medical Cannabis, terpenes are an important class of aroma compounds that may contribute to the medicinal benefits of cannabis, via the so-called “entourage effect”.  I profiled some of the terpenes listed as important for medical cannabis using our 30m x 0.25mm x 1.40µm Rxi-624Sil MS, achieving a […]

Are fatty acids overwhelming your QuEChERS dSPE PSA cleanup and causing issues in your GC analysis? Get more cleanup capacity with cartridge SPE cleanup!

Fatty acids are important molecules in the human body because they are used as a source of fuel.  There are many food sources of both “healthy” and “unhealthy” fatty acids.  Many sources of dietary fatty acids come from fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and animal fats.  The QuEChERS methodology was developed to analyze pesticides in fruits […]

Shoot-and-Dilute GC – A Way to Keep GC Systems Up Longer to Help Lower Cost of Analyses

Dilute-and-shoot LC-MS/MS is a selective and sensitive technique often used in determining pesticides in foods.  Because of competitive ionization effects seen with electrospray (ESI) and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) methods, quantitative accuracy suffers for trace compounds of interest when matrix coelutions occur.  Dilution of extracts (or sometimes raw samples) is a good way of […]

Analyzing pesticides in herbal tea using QuEChERS and GCxGC-TOFMS of course!

Herbal tea, a non-caffeinated drink made from plants, herbs, or spices has been used throughout history for its potential medicinal benefit.   Various herbal material is mixed depending on the desired medicinal or flavor properties for the tea.   As with any plant based commodity, there is the potential for pesticide residues to remain in the final […]

What makes your column a good High Temperature GC column?

In the last few years, the request for HT-columns (High temperature GC columns) has increased and a lot of promises have been made from different vendors. In fact, the possibility of running a GC column near or above 400°C would increase the possibilities of the GC technique quite significantly. In the petroleum industry, for example, […]

Testing for pesticides in tobacco… QuEChERS makes it easy!!

Whenever it is time to analyze pesticides in complex matrices I always hope that we can use the QuEChERS sample preparation approach and not something more laborious!  The Quick-Easy-Cheap-Effective-Rugged-Safe method was developed for multiresidue pesticides in fruits and vegetables, however we have been using this approach outside of the typical fruit and vegetable matrices with […]