Archive for the ‘Sample Cleanup’ Category

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 […]

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, […]

Got Fast Columns? Clean Up Your 8081 Samples Using CarboPrep Plus as a Substitute for Florisil

My colleague Linx Waclaski blogged about a tale of two columns that started with the introduction of a pair of stationary phases specifically tuned for the resolution of the 20 legacy pesticides found in US EPA Method 8081(1). The story examined the gains in speed over the years as measured by the last eluting compound […]

What dSPE works with spinach in GC-MS/MS analysis? #NationalSpinachDay

Today is a National Spinach Day! What is a better way to celebrate than to talk about spinach analysis? During part 1 of my blog series, I discussed what dSPE was best for celery. I found that most dSPE, with the exception of dSPE containing high amounts of graphitized carbon black (GBC), showed acceptable analyte recovery […]

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” […]

Upcoming revisions to three wastewater methods reviewed at NEMC 2017

Monday morning, representatives from the EPA’s wastewater office reviewed the significant changes for the three major GC wastewater methods: 608.3, 624.1, and 625.1. The overarching goals were to modernize the methods and bring the language and QC requirements in line with the methods from the drinking water and hazardous waste offices. The methods have been […]

The Clog Blog

Clogging and over pressuring are definitely problematic for Liquid Chromatography columns. Back in 2005 John Dolan’s sage advice to chromatographers to make an LC column last forever was simple, “Never open the box!” As John pointed out, this is not practical and I have to agree. But as an LC column manufacturer I have seen […]

Material Composition of Resprep® Manifold Replacement Parts

A customer asked me yesterday what material certain items for our SPE manifolds were made from.  The answers are below.     Catalog # 26083 is Nylon Catalog #’s 26130 & 26131 are Polypropylene Catalog # 26084 is PTFE   For those of you who need to avoid sample contact with PTFE, we also sell […]

Pesticide analysis for cannabis flower: method and data overview

Pesticides in cannabis has been a hot topic lately and we have been getting many requests for help with this analysis. We did work on pesticide residue testing in cannabis about 6 years ago. At that time, we were limited to testing our methods with a small amount of seized material. Recently, we have been […]

Ernst Bayer Award to Junior Scientist Marco Nestola

The Working Group “Separation Science” as part of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) tenders the Ernst Bayer award for an outstanding publication in the field of analytical separation techniques to young scientists. The 2015 award winner, Marco Nestola, received the prize personally during the 26th PhD-Conference, realized by the WG Separation Science from 10th to […]