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Showing blog posts from 2017



The Analytical Chemistry of the Smell of Parkinson’s

Posted on December 20th, 2017

Over the last few years, there has been lots of media coverage of a remarkable lady called Joy Milne, who…


If Beer Tastes of Vegetables, Does it Count as One of Your 5 a Day?

Posted on December 20th, 2017

As we approach the Christmas festivities, many of you will be enjoying a festive tipple. Analysis of alcohol seems to…


Anatune Applications Achievements in 2017

Posted on December 15th, 2017

We have great things coming your way in 2018, that have come out of the work done in 2017. So…


Automated Sample Preparation: the missing hyphen to hypernation

Posted on December 8th, 2017

HTC-15 is taking place on the 24th-26th January 2018 in Cardiff, Wales.  It’s a focused industry event which focuses on…


A Great Opportunity to Own an Agilent 7200 GC/Q-TOF

Posted on November 30th, 2017

Agilent have launched a new GC/Q-TOF, (the Agilent 7250) and we look forward to the delivery of our instrument in…


Anatune Supports Parkinson’s UK

Posted on November 28th, 2017

Anatune has recently had the privilege of working with Professor Perdita Barran’s group at the University of Manchester, on a…


Webinar – Method Validation for Quantification of Volatile Impurities by Direct Mass Spectrometry

Posted on November 21st, 2017

Using SIFT-MS to quantify volatile impurities such as formaldehyde. Date:  14th December 2017 Time:  16:00 CET / 15:00 GMT /…


Agilent 2018 Environmental & Food Meeting – Registrations now open!

Posted on November 14th, 2017

I am delighted to share the news (if you have not already heard) that registrations are now open for the…


Analytical Arena Conference and Training Workshop

Posted on November 10th, 2017

Anatune’s CEO, Ray Perkins, will be giving a talk at this event, entitled ‘Sample Preparation – Automation 101’. Automating your…


Congratulations to Affinity Water!

Posted on November 7th, 2017

On the 2nd of November, the Institute of Chemical Engineers held their 2017 Global Awards in Birmingham. Affinity Water came…


GC-MS Sample Preparation – Automation 101

Posted on October 31st, 2017

Two weeks ago, I gave a talk with this title at a meeting organised by the Chromatographic Society (Advances in…


A Trip to the RSC Theatre? To automate, or not to automate… that is the question!

Posted on October 24th, 2017

I will be presenting at the Royal Society of Chemistry Theatre at Lab Innovations 2017 on the 1st November, which…


Acrylamide – Regulatory and Industry Update

Posted on October 24th, 2017

In light of recent regulatory changes, this one-day symposium will bring you an update from regulatory, industry and academic experts. …


Introducing Jamie Minaeian to the Anatune Team

Posted on October 24th, 2017

I am the latest member to join the applications team here at Anatune as an Applications Chemist. Prior to joining…


Automated Approaches to GC/Q-TOF Analysis

Posted on October 20th, 2017

Earlier this month, we attended the Agilent GC/Q-TOF User Group Meeting at MIB in Manchester, which saw a great set…


Affinity Water – IChemE Global Awards Finalist 2017

Posted on October 17th, 2017

I am very pleased to say that Affinity Water (alongside Anatune and JR Pridham Services) have been shortlisted for an…


Anatune Delivers a Complete Solution for Intertek for Residual Solvent Analysis

Posted on October 13th, 2017

I have just been made aware of a really interesting article in Octobers edition of Compounding World Magazine and wanted…


2017 SIFT-MS User Meeting

Posted on October 10th, 2017

SIFT-MS is one of the fastest growing analytical techniques, with a sizeable community of analysts using it for a variety…


SIFT-MS Workshop for Pharma and CROs

Posted on October 10th, 2017

Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry offers some big benefits for analysts working within pharmaceutical and contract research organisations. Analyses…


Dan’s Thursday Treasures

Posted on October 4th, 2017

Not all application notes are created equal. Occasionally, application notes are produced that go on to become classics and form…


CTC CombiPAL to GERSTEL MPS Upgrade Offer

Posted on October 3rd, 2017

Until the end of December 2017, we have a great promotional offer on CombiPAL-to-MPS upgrades. This offer enables CombiPAL users…


Why You Should be Interested in SIFT-MS…

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

Anatune has now been Syft Technologies’ UK distributor for just over 2½ years and a number of our customers are…


‘Bad Liquor’ and how to avoid a hangover

Posted on September 19th, 2017

Recently one of our Applications Chemists, Jon Dunscombe, celebrated his wedding in Brazil and returned with a sample of the…


Picking Winners at BMSS 38

Posted on September 14th, 2017

The 38th BMSS Annual Conference took place last week at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and, by…


Save the Date!! Agilent Environmental and Food User Meeting 2018

Posted on September 12th, 2017

I’ve just returned from my Summer Holidays and when I opened up my email for the first time in 2…


GC/Q-TOF UK User Forum

Posted on September 8th, 2017

Agilent Technologies is delighted to announce their 2017 UK GC/Q-TOF User Forum, which is being held on the 5th and…


So What is a SnApp Note?

Posted on August 24th, 2017

When they have successfully completed a piece of applications work in our lab, our chemists will, whenever possible, produce a…


Kathy’s Drinks Cabinet – What’s Really Inside?

Posted on August 18th, 2017

It’s a lovely weekend, so let’s get some friends over and have a BBQ. The beer and wine flows as the…


2017 International Symposium on Vehicle Emissions and Interior Air Quality – Is there a way to make life easier and more efficient?

Posted on August 15th, 2017

Syft Technologies have been working with a number of automotive manufacturers for the last few years to investigate the significant…


Pipette or Syringe: that is the question

Posted on August 14th, 2017

Single-channel pipettes and syringes are common laboratory tools widely used for liquid handling purposes.  They both have pros and cons…


Humans Come Out Second Best Against Efficient Robot Chemist

Posted on August 9th, 2017

The Robots are coming and they are better than humans!!! Nothing to panic about here but your job is likely…


High Peak Health and Safety Challenge

Posted on August 8th, 2017

Recently two of our application chemists Kathy Ridgway and Jon Dunscombe visited Buxton in the Peak District with the SIFT-MS. …


Volatile Biomarkers in Biomedical Research

Posted on July 25th, 2017

Why are Volatile Biomarkers Important in Biomedical Research? The pattern of individual’s volatile metabolites (volatolome) can be used to understand…


SIFT-MS Offers a Rich New Source of Academic Research Topics

Posted on July 18th, 2017

When a powerful new analytical technique comes along, it always offers novel ways of looking at existing problems – whatever…


It’s Here!

Posted on July 13th, 2017

Ok, so its not a LEGO GC-MS, but those of you that read my blog post last month will be…


Residual Solvents in Polymers using MPS-GC/Q-TOF

Posted on July 7th, 2017

A Guest Blog Post Polymers are some of the most versatile materials in existence and are used in all aspects…


Working with Industry for the Future of Lab Automation

Posted on July 4th, 2017

Figure 1: Personalised Metabolomics Solution at the Synthetic and Systems Biology Lab at the University of Edinburgh – ‘Scotland’s Beastie’…


A Brief History of… SYFT

Posted on June 29th, 2017

This month’s edition of The Analytical Scientist contains a very interesting and informative article by Professor Murray McEwan, Chief Technical…


Anatune is Just Around the Corner, Wherever You Are!

Posted on June 28th, 2017

  Prague – on this occasion!! Anatune’s Mark Perkins (on screen) delivers a demonstration of SIFT-MS automation to SYFT Technologies…


Anatune Automated GC-MS – Now Available in LEGO!

Posted on June 22nd, 2017

Watch Jeff build his creation in double-quick time!   How Can I get One? We have 50 kits to give…


A Fully Automated Sample Preparation for 3-MCPD in Oil

Posted on June 21st, 2017

3-Monochloropropanediol (3-MCPD), 2-Monochloropropanediol (2-MCPD) and Glycidol are contaminants that are present in a variety of food samples.  These compounds can…


Using the Latest Video Technology to Save You Time and Money

Posted on June 6th, 2017

  For all businesses, travel comes with significant costs. There is no substitute for getting face-to-face with people, but there…


We’re Now up to Speed – are you?

Posted on June 1st, 2017

Last week, Chris Sandy (Sandcastle Consulting Ltd) visited Anatune to train our applications chemists in some of the features of…


Automated Analytical Chemistry in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Posted on May 31st, 2017

Have you had the uncomfortable experience of interacting with an analytical instrument supplier, with little understanding of the Pharmaceutical Industry…


Brand Protection of Food Products by Thermal Desorption-GC/MS

Posted on May 30th, 2017

The flavour of a food or beverage engages far more sensory input than taste alone.  From a biological perspective, flavour…


2017 – GERSTEL’s 50th Anniversary Year

Posted on May 26th, 2017

Anatune’s Ray Perkins congratulates GERSTEL on its 50th Year GERSTEL GmbH was founded by Eberhard Gerstel Senior in 1967 and…


Water Industry Achievement Awards 2017

Posted on May 23rd, 2017

The 11th Water Industry Achievement Awards are being held tonight in Birmingham. This events objective is to showcase and reward…


Intertek – The First CRO in the UK to Use SIFT-MS

Posted on May 11th, 2017

In February 2017, Anatune was pleased to deliver an automated Voice200ultra SIFT-MS to Intertek Pharmaceutical Services in Manchester. Intertek is…


A New Twist on Landfill Gas Analysis

Posted on May 4th, 2017

Landfill sites and other sources of biogas benefit from trace gas analysis. Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) has…


Efficient Doping Control

Posted on May 2nd, 2017

Automated determination of nicotine and its metabolites in blood. In the race to keep up with new and suspected doping…


Geosmin – An Earthy Problem

Posted on April 27th, 2017

The water industry seems to be in a constant battle with taste and odour issues – the biggest culprits being…


Why We Won

Posted on April 25th, 2017

Anatune scooped the Award for Most Innovative Company at the 2017 Business Excellence Forum The Business Excellence Forum is a…


5 Years at Anatune…

Posted on April 11th, 2017

On 1st March 2012 I began working as an Account Manager for Anatune.  I’ve just passed my 5 year Anniversary…


Automating the Impossible

Posted on April 4th, 2017

A few months ago, I was asked by some prospective customers to pay them a visit, to discuss a sample…


Proud to Wear the Green, Gold and White

Posted on March 31st, 2017

I joined Anatune in October 2015 as an Applications Chemist.  I had spent the preceding 10 years in roles in…


Emerging Separation Technologies

Posted on March 23rd, 2017

Our Applications Laboratory Manager, Dan Carrier, will soon be giving an in-depth presentation into the uses of Instrument Top Sample…


Analysing Emissions of Packaging Materials

Posted on March 22nd, 2017

An interesting piece has been written by Quantum Analytics over in the US highlighting the advantages of real-time volatile analysis…


Anatune eApps – Water and Environmental Application Notes on Tap

Posted on March 16th, 2017

At the recent Agilent Environmental and Food Meeting, I had a number of delegates asking me for the most recent…


Toxtastic Initial Results for Opiates in Blood Automated Solution

Posted on March 16th, 2017

Many forensic toxicology service labs are facing increasing casework, often times with reduced staff numbers. Having had many years of…


A Year Down the Line: Life as an Application Chemist

Posted on March 14th, 2017

January 4th, 2016… that’s when my life as an Application Chemist here at Anatune began. Thing is, instrumental analytical chemistry…


Advanced Automation for Sample Preparation Workshop

Posted on March 8th, 2017

Here at Anatune we highly value automation. Automation can help save time, efforts and often costs. If we strictly focus…


High-Throughput VOC and Inorganic Gas Analysis: Automated SIFT-MS

Posted on March 7th, 2017

  Over the last 18 months we have been working in partnership with Syft Technologies to enhance the potential of…


The Tipping Point

Posted on March 1st, 2017

John Quick is Principal Scientist at ALS in Coventry, UK.  He has more than 25 years experience in the analysis…


SmartSPE – Control Your Results!

Posted on February 23rd, 2017

We’ve all been there in the lab watching our solid phase extraction (SPE) manifold and whilst you did your best…


Jeff’s Roundup – Agilent Environmental and Food Meeting February 2017

Posted on February 17th, 2017

If you’ve read my blog posts recently, you’ll know of my excitement about this meeting. As I’ve said before, it’s…


EPSRC Publish Research Strategy in Analytical Science

Posted on February 16th, 2017

Some of you may be aware that for the past year the EPSRC has been reviewing all of its research…


Introducing Jon Dunscombe to the Anatune Team

Posted on February 14th, 2017

Our newest recruit of 2017, we would like to welcome you to Jon Dunscombe, who has joined our ever growing…


First Rate Support Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth!

Posted on February 9th, 2017

To provide first class customer support, Anatune invests in its engineers. We take every training opportunity that is offered to…


Why Asparagine Concentrations in Crop Products Are Important

Posted on February 2nd, 2017

Nigel Halford of Rothamsted Research has been working with Anatune to develop a fully automated solution for amino acid analysis…


15 reasons why Ireland needs to know more about SIFT-MS

Posted on January 30th, 2017

Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry is a new and fast growing technique – and no-one in Ireland is using…


Online Water Monitoring Open-Day

Posted on January 25th, 2017

Having the ability to constantly monitor a water source(s) for pesticides throughout the water treatment process and determine if the…


Environmental and Food Mass Spectrometry User Meeting – Environmental Spotlight

Posted on January 24th, 2017

Coming up between the 7th and 9th February is the Agilent Environmental and Food Mass Spectrometry User Meeting, which is…


Automated Determination of THC, CBN and CBD in Human Hair

Posted on January 13th, 2017

From a forensic toxicology point of view, human hair samples are extremely well suited for determining a person’s consumption pattern…


The Unbeatables

Posted on January 11th, 2017

Our customer support team have had a great year in 2016. How do we know?  Because you’ve told us so….


GC-MS Automation and SIFT-MS come to Ireland

Posted on January 6th, 2017

Learn how you could save money, solvent, time and get results that are faster and more reproducible! Anatune, the distributors…


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