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Moving Towards Sustainable Gas Chromatography Laboratories

16 December, 2021

Ed Connor (PEAK Scientific) and Jessica Berger (Markes International)

By attending the presentation you’ll learn about the benefits of using hydrogen as a carrier gas; configuring thermal desorption–gas chromatography–mass spectrometry analytical instrumentation to work safely with hydrogen as a carrier gas as well as with helium and nitrogen; the pros and cons of different hydrogen sources (bulk supply vs gas generator); and common pitfalls when switching carrier gas and how to avoid them.

Ask the Agilent Experts: GC and GC/MS Scientists Answer Your Most Frequently Asked Questions


Angie Smith-Henry and Vanessa Abercrombie (Agilent)

The presenters discuss some of the most frequently asked questions about GC and GC/MS. You will also gain more understanding about why different consumables are used for different applications.

How to Troubleshoot and Improve your GC/MS like an Agilent Scientist


Angie Smith-Henry and Vanessa Abercrombie (Agilent)

We’ll discuss how to use artifacts observed in chromatograms and tune reports to diagnose the problem, fix the problem, and 'future proof' your analysis with the best supplies, columns, and solutions.

Connecting Performance Improvement to Increased Production in GC/MS Analytical Workflows

On demand

Angie Smith-Henry & Gustavo Serrano (Agilent)

This webinar goes over some of the Ultra Inert GC columns, liners and supplies, including gold-seals and novel gold-coated ferrules that are critical to achieve optimal performance even for low-trace level analysis and deliver consistent reliable results.

Advancements and Key Parameters for EPA 8260 and EPA 524.2 using GC/MS with Purge and Trap


Joel Kelly (Pace Analytical) and Bruce Quimby, Ph.D. (Senior Applications Scientist, Agilent)

In the first part of this presentation, Joel Kelly from Pace Analytical discusses the evolution of EPA method 8260. Bruce Quimby, from Agilent Technologies, spends the latter part of the presentation discussing data achieved using a 8860/5977B GC/MS instrument coupled with a Teledyne Tekmar Lumin purge and trap concentrator and an AQUATek liquid vial autosampler for the analysis of VOCs to the requirements of US EPA method 524.2.

Getting your LC/GC Lab Up and Running Again


Dr Bruce Quimby (Agilent) and

Regardless of why your lab may have been shut down, you need to get your LC and GC instruments back up and running quickly and safely. This presentation covers the information you need to get back to your important research including restart procedures, helpful service, items, support topics, and discussions on improving operational efficiency and capacity.

Maintaining Sensitivity and Peak Shape on GC and GC/MS over Time


Angie Smith-Henry and Vanessa Abercrombie (Agilent)

This webinar delves into the sensitivity of different GC detectors — mass spectrometers (single quad and triple quad) and non-MS detectors — and optimizing the GC supplies and parameters for the best separation and peak shape as the analytes head into the detector.

Quality Control of Hand Sanitizers: Analysis and Identification of Listed Impurities following USP <611> and ASTM D3695 Method Recommendations using Agilent GC


Zhang-Jie and Vanessa Abercrombie (Agilent)

In this webinar you will find out how to achieve effective analysis and identification of listed impurities following USP <611> and ASTM D3695 method recommendations for alcohol determination.

Returning Your GC & GC/MS to Peak Performance


Angie Smith-Henry and Vanessa Abercrombie (Agilent)

Learn how to return a system to peak performance through the use of good maintenance practices, smart tools, and the best consumables to match your analysis for overall improved productivity.

The Power of GC-TOF-MS for Food and Environmental Applications eSeminar


Multi-speaker event

Discover how GC-TOF-MS and GC×GC-TOF-MS technologies can dramatically enhance your applications for food and environmental analysis and increase data quality and sample throughput. This on-demand eSeminar comprises two sessions: one dedicated to food analysis and the other to environmental analysis.

Ionic Liquid GC Phases - Valuable Assets in the GC Toolbox: An Overview on Recent Developments


Len Sidisky (Senior R&D Manager Gas Separations, MilliporeSigma, Bellefonte,PA USA)

This presentation provides a look back on some of the past developments and key applications with ionic liquid stationary phases while also updating on current studies.

Remote Operations: This is How We GC


Abbey Fausett (Agilent)

Sometimes, getting into the lab just isn’t possible. Workflows and productivity shouldn’t be affected by an analyst’s proximity to the systems. This webinar will show you how Agilent's lab enables remote operations. Learn more about classic and novel ways to interact with GCs.

GC×GC-FID/TOF MS for the Optimization of Novel Catalytic Strategies to Improve Fuel Streams with High Aromatic Content


Miren Pena-Abaurrea (Cepsa Research Center)

Learn the value of GC×GC with parallel detection by TOF MS and FID, and see how GC×GC offers the unique possibilities for detailed petrochemical fingerprinting.

Getting Better GC/MS Results for Maximizing Productivity in High-throughput Labs


Angie Smith-Henry and Gustavo Serrano (Agilent)

Learn about the best columns for GC-MS analysis and how to convert to a narrower bore column for faster analysis, and how to set-up your GC (MS) system for success with the optimal supplies, tools, and strategies for running the faster analysis and maintaining a clean system for as long as possible.

Application of GC×GC-TOFMS/FID to FAME Profiling of Dairy Fat and Advantages over Traditional GC Analysis


David Mannion (Teagasc)

Learn the value of GC×GC-TOF MS for food analysis, and how it offers the unique possibility for detailed FAMEs profiling and effective fingerprinting of complex samples, In addition, learn how cutting-edge analytical techniques can reveal hidden information from complex food samples.

Intelligent GC Systems: Remote Operations and the Future of GC


George Reiner and Jason Ashe (Agilent, USA)

This webinar discusses the progression of smart GC features and the many benefits provided from the first GC systems to those of today. It will help you to help to increase lab productivity and reduce unplanned downtime.

New Ways of QC Process with GC Innovations


Dieter Franke (Siegwerk)

Learn how a robust analytical experimental model and innovations in gas chromatography can result in >50% faster universal methods and how direct column heating in gas chromatography reduced sample run times.

GC/MS Analysis of Aromatics in Gasoline using ASTM D5769: Set-up, Optimization, and Automated Reporting


Jim McCurry & Craig Marvin (Agilent)

This presentation offers best practices for setting up, optimizing, and running this method on a new, cost-effective GC/MS system. Data analysis approaches are also discussed with emphasis on a new system for automated reporting of results.

Advantages of TF-SPME Sample Extraction Prior to GC-MS


Ray Marsili (Marsili Consulting Group, Rockford, Illinois, USA)

The advantages of TF-SPME as an extraction technique are discussed using the following examples: comparing off-flavour chemicals in beer by sequential-SBSE and TF-SPME; analysis of vegetable oils by HS-TF-SPME; chemicals in vaping products by HS-TF-SPME; and analysis of free and glycosidically bound volatile phenolics in smoke-tainted wines.

Turning up the Heat on Gas Chromatography: How to Successfully Perform High Temperature GC Applications without Breaking a Sweat


Vanessa Abercrombie (Gas Chromatography Applications Chemist, Agilent, USA)

This webinar discusses the effect temperatures above 360 °C have on the integrity of the column phase and outlines strategies for more efficient and successful high temperature applications.

Better Thermal Extraction: Tips and Tricks for VDA-278 and Other Thermal Desorption – GC/MS Methods Used for Material Emissions Testing


Kurt Thaxton (GERSTEL International Product Manager, Pyrolysis and Thermal Desorption)

You'll learn about the history and analytical basis of analytical thermal extraction for interior air quality, the current state of the art, including tips and advice for scientists and engineers that perform VDA-278 and related methods for material emissions analysis, and where these methods fit in the overall strategy for automotive air quality and where these methods are headed in the future.

The Function of GC Columns


All you need to know about GC columns, key processes involved and high-level description of differences between them.

The Power of GC Detectors

Fundamentals of GC

Want to know more about detectors for GC and when to use them...

The Function of GC Inlets

Fundamentals of GC

This article will cover the general function of GC inlets and describe some common attributes, differences and provide a context for other articles covering inlets in more detail.

Hot Split Injections – Part 1


This article will discuss split injections with a hot split/splitless inlet. This is the most popular inlet and sampling mode for capillary GC. The focus will be on the basic concepts and flow paths.

Hot Split Injections, Part 2 – Sources of Discrimination


Our discussion continues about the process of hot split injection; the most popular form of sample introduction into capillary columns.

Hot Split Injections, Part 3 – Decomposition


Here, we tackle another potential problem of hot split injection: sample decomposition. Decomposition changes the nature of components in the original sample, affecting the “recovery” of target compounds. This in turn introduces errors in analytical results. We will look at common forms of decomposition and the clues your chromatograms might be presenting you that decomposition is happening.

Intelligent GC Systems: 10 Ways to Easy GC


Angela Smith-Henry and Ian Eisele (Agilent, USA)

This webinar introduces a host of useful tips and tricks to streamline your daily workload leading to increased productivity with improved throughput with sample overlap, enabling you to perform easier GC. You will discover steps for high quality, accurate data – first time, every time.

Applications using Thin Film Solid-Phase Microextraction (TF-SPME) with Analysis by Thermal Desorption GC/MS


Jack Stuff, Ph.D. (Manager of the Analytical Services Group - GERSTEL, Inc.)

This webinar focuses on the use of Thin Film Solid-Phase Microextraction (TF-SPME) for the analysis of a variety of sample types. TF-SPME is an extension of regular SPME, is simple to use and requires no solvent, yet is more sensitive than regular SPME due to the increased surface area and phase volume.

Intelligent GC Systems: Work Smarter not Harder


Eric Phillips and Angela Smith-Henry (Agilent, USA)

This webinar introduces intelligent Agilent GC systems, along with consumables, demonstrating how productivity can be increased and downtime decreased for any GC operator at any experience level.

How to Keep your GC/GC-MS System Performing like New


Vanessa Abercrombie and Angela Smith-Henry (Agilent Technologies, USA)

Discover some simple strategies to help maintain a clean and healthy GC(MS) system longer, such as how utilizing guard columns can protect your analytical column and back flushing can stop heavier compounds from reaching your mass spec and keep it cleaner.

High-Purity Carbon Adsorbents for Sample Preparation and Chromatographic Applications


Leidy Peña Duque (Senior Scientist, Particle Design Group) and William Betz (Research Fellow, Particle Design Group Leader)

In this webinar, we will talk about high-purity carbon adsorbents used for sample preparation applications such as gas chromatography, air sampling, SPE, and SPME. We will also explain the properties of different types of carbons and how we tailor these adsorbents for separation applications.

Introduction to GC and Intermediate GC training

Self-paced online training

Analytical Training Solutions

Each course on Analytical Training Solutions has been divided into a number of modules, with each module focusing on one particular aspect of the overall course. The modules have been created in a logical manner, and by starting with the first module and working through them in the order provided creates the best learning environment for the user. In addition, as each course is divided into modules it is then very simple to find a particular section again in the future; for example, if you want a recap on a particular subject.

Elevate the Performance of your GC (and MS): Strategies to Improve Sensitivity and Reliability with Complex Matrix Samples

On-demand webinar

Vanessa Abercrombie and Limian Zhao (Agilent Technologies)

This presentation describes useful strategies such as choosing the right GC column and supplies, as well as what level of sample preparation, and maintenance is required for method reliability and analytical data quality, using challenging representative applications.

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