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Research Yields New Pathway to Valleytronics

February 19, 2015 9:00 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

A potential avenue to quantum computing currently generating quite the buzz in the high-tech industry is valleytronics, in which information is coded based on the wavelike motion of electrons moving through certain 2-D semiconductors. Now, a promising new pathway to valleytronic technology has been uncovered.


Herbal Supplements Aren’t What They Claim

February 19, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press, Mary Esch | News | Comments

DNA testing on hundreds of bottles of store-brand herbal supplements sold as treatments for...

Lack of Iron Linked to Alzheimer's

February 19, 2015 9:00 am | by Univ. of Technology, Sydney | News | Comments

Alzheimer's disease is difficult to spot in its early stages, has no effective treatment and no...

Soft Ionization Drives Future GCMS Technology

December 10, 2014 11:37 am | by Laura McGregor, Nick Bukowski and David Barden, Markes International, UK | Articles | Comments

Soft ionization remains a relatively underused technique for GCMS, despite its ability to...

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Low-flow Valve Increases GC Repeatability

September 9, 2014 3:00 pm | by Norgren | Product Releases | Comments

Now, OEMs can give gas chromatography users the high analysis repeatability and low detection limits they demand, thanks to the FAS 16 mm FASPROP low flow proportional valve from Norgren. With a small orifice—just 0.002” (0.05 mm)—and compact design, the valve precisely controls low flow rates in the mL range (up to 174 psi/12 bar), enabling the use of most common carriers. 

Portable GC Quickly Analyzes VOCs

September 9, 2014 2:58 pm | by New Star Environmental | Product Releases | Comments

New Star Environmental’s Frog-4000 is a fully contained purge and trap GC system with analytical capabilities that are comparable to a commercial lab, with the advantage of its compact size.

Flexible Platform Allows for Customizable GC

September 9, 2014 2:56 pm | by GOW-MAC Instrument Co. | Product Releases | Comments

GOW-MAC’s programmable, microprocessor-controlled gas chromatograph, the Series 8100, features a broad, flexible platform that allows for custom, application-specific system configurations for research, industrial, laboratory, academic and QA/QC environments.


Hydrogen: Minimizing Risks, Maximizing Results

September 4, 2014 12:21 pm | by arry Moulthrop, Vice President of Hydrogen Systems, Proton OnSite | Articles | Comments

On-site hydrogen generators are safe, reduce run times and improve gas chromatography results.                                                 

CDC Warns of New Designer Drug

September 4, 2013 12:33 pm | by CDC | News | Comments

Acetyl fentanyl overdose deaths have recently been confirmed in Pennsylvania. If states observe clusters or increases in illicit opioid-related overdoses above expected levels, acetyl fentanyl could be involved. CDC encourages laboratories to use an ELISA test to screen specimens from suspected illicit, nonpharmaceutical opioid overdose deaths. If an ELISA test is positive for fentanyl, CDC recommends confirmatory testing by GCMS.

The Symbiosis of Life Science & Chromatography

September 4, 2013 10:32 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Which comes first—is it the rapid pace of life science that drives new chromatography developments or vice versa?                                                                           

Thermal Modulation Technology Enhances TOF/MS

September 4, 2013 10:01 am | by JEOL USA, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Through an agreement with Zoex Corp., JEOL’s AccuTOF GCV 4G high-resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometer system now comes with Zoex’s two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC x GC) technology.

FTIR Spectroscopy Excels at Gas Analysis

February 8, 2013 12:02 pm | by Hiroshi Ota, Spectroscopy Business Unit, Analytical & Measuring Instruments Division, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments., Columbia, Md. | Articles | Comments

FTIR has emerged as a viable alternative to gas chromatography for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of gases. Qualification and quantitation are performed from the wave numbers of the characteristic peaks and peak intensities of the measured gas.


Chiral Separation Gets an MS-Based Upgrade

February 8, 2013 11:11 am | by Waters Corp., Milford, Mass. | Articles | Comments

A multitude of performance factors including dense gas CO2, small particle columns and mass spectrometry with UV detection are speeding up chiral separation methods development. Chirality plays a critical role in drug efficacy because enantiomers may have vastly different biological, pharmacological and toxicological properties.

Water Analysis Method Meets Low Detection Limits

February 8, 2013 11:01 am | by Michelle Misselwitz and Jack Cochran, Restek Corp., Bellefonte, Penn. | Articles | Comments

Concurrent solvent recondensation–large volume splitless injection meets the EPA’s low detection limits for water analysis, while also reducing sample preparation time by more than one hour. This injection method produces a pressure surge from the vaporizing solvent, forcing the analytes onto the pre-column.

2013 Catalog Showcases Chromatography, Spectroscopy Offerings

February 7, 2013 12:26 pm | by Agilent Technologies Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies’ 2013 Essential Chromatography and Spectroscopy Catalog is divided into five sections to help the reader easily navigate the company’s growing portfolio, which includes general chromatography, sample preparation, GC and GCMS, LC and LCMS and spectroscopy. This edition of the catalog contains CrossLab products for use with other manufacturers’ instruments. It also includes details about electrochemistry meters and supplies, Captiva syringe filters, Ultra Inert and application-specific GC columns, LC biomolecule and Poroshell 120 columns and OneNeb nebulizer for ICP-OES and MP-AES.

Portable GC System Suited for Onsite Measurements

February 7, 2013 12:25 pm | by Defiant Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Defiant Technologies’ handheld, portable FROG-4000 Gas Chromatography system operates on batteries and uses ambient air for the carrier gas, allowing for easy and rapid analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the field in about 5 min. The instrument uses micro-fabricated components to achieve a light weight and robust form factor.

CRMs Suited for Testing by LCMS, GCMS

February 7, 2013 12:22 pm | by Cerilliant Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Cerilliant offers Certified Spiking Solutions of nicotine metabolites norcotinine and trans-3-hydroxycotinine, as well as nicotine nitrosamines NNN, NNK and NAB at concentrations of 1.0 mg/mL in methanol for each solution standard. These certified reference solutions can be used as Snap-N-Spike starting materials in the laboratory’s matrix of choice for preparation of calibrators and controls in nicotine testing and other clinical or diagnostic applications by LCMS or GCMS.


GC/TOF Website Reveals Wealth of Information

February 7, 2013 12:19 pm | by ALMSCO International | Product Releases | Comments

ALMSCO International has launched a website focusing on BenchTOF-dx, its time-of-flight mass spectrometer for GC, providing the analytical chemistry community with a valuable online resource. Designed to offer easy navigation, the site enables visitors to gain much faster access to a wealth of information on the company’s products, applications, technical notes, scientific posters and video tutorials.

Hyphenated Thermal Instruments Have Enhanced Sensitivity

February 7, 2013 12:14 pm | News | Comments

PerkinElmer’s two hyphenated thermal analysis units are designed for the accurate characterization and analysis of inorganic materials, polymers, geological materials and oils. The TL-9000 offers an innovative accessory that enables hyphenation, which facilitates the collection of evolved gases from a thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) or STA and then transfers sequentially to both a FTIR and MS or GCMS.

Changeover Manifold Suited for High-Purity Applications

December 11, 2012 12:05 pm | by SGD Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SGD’s 913 Series semi-automatic changeover manifold provides the benefits of many higher-cost models at an economical price. Constructed of high purity components, these changeovers are suited for use in both high purity and general purpose applications.

TOF-MS Takes on Complex GC Analyses

September 5, 2012 12:27 pm | by David Barden, ALMSCO International, Llantrisant, UK | Articles | Comments

The latest advancements in time-of-flight mass spectrometry have allowed the technology to easily tackle day-to-day analysis of complex samples by GC. On the face of it, time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOF-MS) ought to be more popular than it is. 

Clean Gas Yields Clean Chromatography

September 5, 2012 12:05 pm | by Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

The need for good gas hygiene is important to avoid risking the integrity of instruments, as well as to produce better, more productive chromatography. Ensuring gas hygiene is one of the most important steps researchers can take to optimize the performance of GC or ICP systems. Impure gases can cause installation delays, premature instrument failure and flawed results. 

GC on Mars (and Earth)

September 5, 2012 11:51 am | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

NASA's Curiosity rover has a compact GC system for analyzing rocks, while new GC systems on earth work with increased sensitivity and accuracy. The automated sample analysis at Mars (SAM) module is just one of a dozen instruments contained in NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) that are mounted on the Curiosity rover that landed successfully on Mars on August 5. 

Ultra-Fast GCMS Doesn’t Compromise Sensitivity

September 5, 2012 11:14 am | by Shimadzu Scientific Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Shimadzu’s GCMS-TQ8030 achieves high sensitivity specification for multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) measurements by GCMS/MS, as well as for scan and SIM measurements by GCMS. 

Inlet Lets GCMS Syetms Accommodate Multiple Tasks

September 5, 2012 11:09 am | by Shimadzu Scientific Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Shimadzu UK has released the OPTIC-4 Multimode Inlet for Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometers to address the growing R&D demand for a single GCMS system that can accommodate multiple analysis tasks. 

GC-TOF Increases Data Acquisition Speed

September 5, 2012 11:06 am | by JEOL USA, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

JEOL’s AccuTOF GCv model—the “4G”—offers even faster data acquisition rates and higher resolving power than its predecessor. The 4G has a maximum data acquisition rate of 50 spectra/sec and a resolving power of 8000. 

Ultra Performance System Utilizes CO2 Mobile Phase

June 1, 2012 8:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Waters Corp. has expanded the boundaries of reversed phase liquid chromatography (LC) and gas chromatography (GC) separations with its Waters ACQUITY UPC2 System.

Micro GC Instruments Are Faster, Greener

June 1, 2012 8:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Described as faster, smaller, smarter, easier and greener, with analytical cycles 10 to 50x faster than traditional gas chromatographs, the Falcon Analytical CALIDUS micro GC has been garnering increasing interest from the greater oil, gas and HP industries.

GC Units Boast Enhanced Data Acquisition Speed

June 1, 2012 8:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bruker's new generation gas chromatography platform— the SCION Series Gas Chromatographs—comprise the SCION 436-GC and the SCION 456-GC

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