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Simple, Inexpensive and Novel Sample Preparation for LC-MS

Posted on December 11th, 2011

Not a lot of people know this… Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction (SBSE) is a very handy way of preparing samples for analysis…


Automation in the Chromatography Laboratory Conference – Tue 12th & Wed 13th June 2012

Posted on November 30th, 2011

  Down Hall – the Venue for “Automation in the Chromatography Laboratory” We have begun preparations for the 5th Anatune conference on chromatography automation….


Selective Detectors for Gas Chromatography

Posted on November 24th, 2011

Selective detectors have an important part to play in a wide range of analytical tasks. There are several important points to take…


Do you Measure Formaldehyde (or other Aldehydes and Ketones) in Air?

Posted on November 13th, 2011

If so perhaps you would be interested in a current project we are working on. We aim to automate the laboratory analysis…


My Presentation at the ChromSoc Meeting

Posted on November 2nd, 2011

On Wednesday the 9th November 2011, there is a one day meeting; “Advances in GC Technology” at LGC, Runcorn, Cheshire,…


Headspace Analysis – A Summary of Possibilities

Posted on October 19th, 2011

Classical Static Headspace analysis works by analysing the vapour above the sample at equilibrium. Doing this gives good quantitative data…


Profiling Volatile Compounds in Foods and Beverages

Posted on October 9th, 2011

Food and beverages usually contain plenty of non-volatile material (sugars, salt, proteins etc.), so pre-treatment of the sample is essential…


BBC Calls for More Vitamin D Testing

Posted on October 5th, 2011

Nice to see the BBC doing its bit to promote analytical science! “If people are concerned about their vitamin D…


What Every GC-MS User Should Know About the GERSTEL TDU

Posted on July 21st, 2011

Many analysts find that their workload consists of a mixture of the routine and the unpredictable. A GC-MS is a…


The CTC CombiPal is not a GERSTEL MPS

Posted on July 6th, 2011

It has happened again. A lab that needed a GERSTEL MPS has been talked into buying a CombiPal and discovered…


Automated Extraction and Analysis from 40ml Vials

Posted on July 6th, 2011

Automated extraction and injection from 2ml and 20ml vials has always been possible using the GERSTEL Multi Purpose Sampler, however…


Food Flavour Perception and Detection Seminar – More

Posted on June 23rd, 2011

I have to say, in my opinion, this one day seminar, run by RSSL was excellent. I would guess that…


Food Flavour Perception and Detection Seminar, London

Posted on June 15th, 2011

I have been asked by Kathy Ridgeway of RSSL to give a presentation at a seminar she is running in…


Clinical LC-MS – Great Slave or Terrible Master?

Posted on May 27th, 2011

LC-tandem MS MS is rapidly becoming a very important tool for clinical analysis. While this is undoubtedly a good thing…


Glucuronides in Pain Management

Posted on May 2nd, 2011

Norman Roberts of Liverpool University Hospital asked me the following question concerning the use of Disposible Pipette Extraction for the…


Ray’s Round-Up

Posted on April 8th, 2011

Chromatography Sample Prep & Automation: Andreas Hoffmann on an alternative to Simultaneous Distillation and Extraction. GERSTEL USA has something to…


Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction – Are We Missing Something?

Posted on April 4th, 2011

A few weeks ago, at Pittcon 2011 in Atlanta, I bumped into David Benanou of Veolia Water. David informed me…


Automating Urinary Free Cortisol Anaysis – New Application Note

Posted on April 2nd, 2011

Paul Roberts has completed an application note describing a fully automated method for the analysis of urinary free cortisol. Cortisol…


Automating the Analysis of Urinary Free Cortisol

Posted on March 25th, 2011

The measurement of urinary free cortisol is used in the investigation of possible Cushing’s syndrome. Cortisol is a steroid-hormone synthesized…


Automating Clinical Sample Prep – Immunosuppressants in Whole Blood

Posted on March 24th, 2011

The main goal of our LC-MS lab currently is to produce a suite of applications that will help clinical laboratories…


How can I Automate the Precipitation of Red Blood Cells from Whole Blood?

Posted on February 15th, 2011

Paul Roberts, our LC-MS Applications Chemist, has been busy adding to our portfolio of clinical laboratory applications. Having successfully completed…


Linking-up with the Guys in Baltimore

Posted on February 5th, 2011

I have just had the privilage of spending a few days with Bob Collins and his team at GERSTEL USA’s…


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