Archive for the ‘LC’ Category

Why is my LC Retention Time Shifting?

If you have experienced retention time shifts with LC, you know it can be complicated and can cause problems with quantitation if not resolved. Hopefully this post will help you navigate through troubleshooting this situation. For the purposes of this discussion, we will be discussing changes in retention on one individual column, not differences from […]

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.  […]

Chiral separation on a C18 column? Separation of d- and l- Amphetamines, Part I

Did you know that chiral chemistry was discovered by Louis Pasteur, a French chemist and biologist in 1848? However, it took about a century to find that chirality plays a key role not only in the life of plants and animals, but also in several aspects of drug design, and both pharmaceutical and illicit drug […]

Afraid of HILIC? Watch These Videos and Overcome Your Fear!

Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography or HILIC is a powerful tool to analyze polar compounds that have limited retention on typical reversed-phase columns. The power of HILIC can be utilized across multiple markets including environmental, food safety, and clinical diagnostics. But to be honest, it can be challenging to implement a HILIC method and more considerations […]

My fitting nut has broken off in the end of my LC column. What to do?

If excessive force is applied at an angle to a fitting or column connector, the ferrule could become stuck in the column end fitting. Likewise, a PEEK connector, column nut or plug can also break and leave part of it in the end fitting. Stainless steel nuts are much harder to break, although a stainless […]

Pesticides are like Siblings – some get along well and some don’t – No. . .Really?

My colleague, Joe Konschnik and I have been asked by many food chemists out there about how much they can trust their pesticides mixes after they combine them into one single larger mixture for calibrating their instrument, or monitoring the accuracy and precision of their method – and rightfully so.  Well, like siblings, sometimes they […]

What’s That Smell? Odor Analysis with Raptor Biphenyl

  A wide variety of chemicals are used in the production of consumer goods, and most of them have odors that are released into the atmosphere and/or linger on the final product.   Everyone gets really excited about “new car smell,” but sometimes residual odors on fabric or plastic are off-putting. I noticed that the knock-off […]

What’s in a name? A C18 by any other name would not be the ARC-18

You have probably read or been told numerous times and in numerous ways that not all C18 columns are the same. And that is very true. Particle morphology, bonding chemistry, and add-ons like end capping all influence the retention and selectivity of this workhorse LC phase. At Restek we have an interesting C18 phase that […]

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” […]

EXP Fittings: Which Nut Do I Need?

Our brilliant friends at Optimize Technologies are continually innovating and making our lab lives easier. We love their patented EXP Titanium Hybrid Ferrule technology that is truly universal. You can use it on any tubing, any 10-32-port, any instrument—wrench-tight to 20,000 psi. This fully UHPLC-capable EXP ferrule is used with all EXP nuts. Restek offers […]