Ultra-Short GC Columns

Back in 2005 two Russian scientists Berezkin and Lapin [1] investigated the application of ultra-short capillary gas chromatography (GC) columns. Ordinary, the GC columns are extremely lengthy and range from 10 to 150 meters in order to achieve effective separation of mixed components. Berezkin’s earlier research [2] showed that 75% of all GC columns used in […]

Gas Chromatography (GC) is one of the primary analytical techniques used in every CSI laboratory.

Choosing the right column is key in Gas Chromatography. “Columns for Gas Chromatography: Performance and Selection” is a new hands-on reference for scientists and technicians working with packed column and capillary column gas chromatography. The authors Eugene F. Barry (University of Massachusetts Lowell) and Robert L. Grob (Villanova University) discuss the development, performance, selection, and […]

Asparagusic Acid, Anyone?

Thank God for Greg’s post “Odeur d’Asperge” over at Carbon Tet! The mystery is solved, and I thought my kidneys were failing and I would have to spend the rest of my life on dialysis. This spring I had become an avid admirer of the young asparagus shoots. And practically everyday for breakfast I had […]

Cocaine Pollution

Cocaine is presently the most abused substance in Americas; however, the stimulant is gaining new advocates at an alarming rate in western Europe as well. In 2005, a group of researches from Italy analyzed water samples from the Po River in northern Italy for the presence of cocaine and its main urinary metabolite – benzoylecgonine […]

Traditional Chinese Meds on GC/MS

A few years back during my 3 month trip to China I remember noticing enormous number of pharmacies that sold traditional Chinese medicine. Everywhere I went in China they looked more or less the same just like an old-fashion pharmacy of the 1920s here in the West with its wooden drawers and cabinets full of […]

The AP released the highlights of the first day of Floyd Landis arbitration hearing in Malibu who is the first Tour de France winner in its 104-year history to be stripped of his title because he tested positive for steroids. What caught my attention and really made me laugh was The Mercury News definition of […]

What chemicals can be detected using a Gas Chromatography? There are actually two types of Gas Chromatography – Gas-Solid and Gas-Liquid depending on the kind of column is used


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