Archive for the ‘Petro’ Category

Hydrocarbon Ranges of Natural Gas and Petroleum Products

Sometimes customers need to analyze natural gas and petroleum products, whether it is to confirm the purity of the product by looking for the impurities which may be present, or for an environmental reason such as a spill or leak.  In order to choose the correct GC column and reference standards, one needs to know […]

Analysis of noble and permanent gases on adsorbent columns

Predicting selectivity characteristics of adsorbent columns is often a wild guess. Yes, we know argon will have less retention than krypton, but how well do adsorbent columns separate noble gases from permanent gases? Can neon and hydrogen be resolved using a porous polymer column or do we have to use more retentive columns, like Molecular […]

What impurities are hiding in your monocyclic aromatic solvents?

As we approach the end of the year we are indulging in a bit of nostalgia and most experts agree that reminiscing about the past is a good thing1. It makes us more optimistic and generous. Researchers also noticed that in cold rooms we are more inclined to nostalgize than if we are in a […]

ASTM D 3606 17

Keep your benzene in check with ASTM D3606   While benzene historically has been used as an additive in gasoline and aviation fuel, it is a known toxic air pollutant and is regulated by both the EPA and European Union. While the ASTM has published both capillary and packed column methods this blog will focus […]

Limitations of Alumina: What you should NOT inject on alumina / Al2O3 columns

Alumina (Al2O3) capillary PLOT columns have been available for about 35 years. They are best suited for separation of C1-C10 hydrocarbons and especially the C1-C5 range. The alumina has unique selectivity making it possible to separate all the unsaturated hydrocarbons at temperatures above ambient, see figure 1. While its an excellent choice for unsaturated hydrocarbons, special attention is […]

Are you experiencing helium supply issues and rising costs?

Helium supply issues are nothing new.  At Restek we have been discussing this off and on for years now.  The following articles and information are just a small selection of what is available on our website and our ChromaBLOGraphy, and are there to help you make informed decisions about alternatives to helium, and reduced helium […]

Two Detector Solution to Analyzing Sulfur

Dan Li, Katarina Oden, Chris English, and Jason Herrington Sulfur compounds are reactive, corrosive to pipes, and destructive to catalysts in petroleum refineries. Sulfur emission are strictly regulated globally. When released into the atmosphere sulfur dioxide converts to sulfuric acid resulting in adverse effects on human health and the environment. Sulfur detection is found useful […]

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 […]

Book Review: Echoes of Life: What Fossil Molecules Reveal about Earth History.

The year 1936 marks the beginning of organic geochemistry. It started with Alfred Treibs’ discovery of porphyrins in petroleum; compounds that closely resemble chlorophylls in plant matter. Another 25 years would pass before scientists recognized that these compounds, known as biomarkers, could reveal insights into the evolution of plants and animals spanning a time frame […]

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 […]