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

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!

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

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


Congratulations to Affinity Water!

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dan’s Thursday Treasures

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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


It’s Here!

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

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

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

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!

  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!

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

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

  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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Efficient Doping Control

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


Geosmin – An Earthy Problem

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


Why We Won

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


5 Years at Anatune…

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


Automating the Impossible

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

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


Emerging Separation Technologies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Tipping Point

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


SmartSPE – Control Your Results!

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Unbeatables

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

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


Food Glorious Food!

Those of you that read my blog from February 2016, will know I am involved in the Royal Society of…


Agilent Environmental and Food User Meeting – 7th-9th February 2017, Manchester

This is always a brilliant meeting. This will be the 16th occasion that this meeting has gone ahead, and my…


We Always Thought it was a Brilliant Idea!!

And it’s nice to be proved right!!! The Automated SIFT-MS began life as an informal development project with no specific…


High Resolution Accurate Mass GC-MS for Food Contact Studies

It is important that packaging doesn’t contaminate the food it contains. Agilent have published an interesting video on YouTube that…


The More We Can Do for You the Better

You may have noticed that, here at Anatune, we actively guide our customers towards our fully comprehensive support contract.  What…


A New Twist: Free Acids and Phenols

Sensitive SBSE determination of free acids and phenols – along with the usual suspects. Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction (SBSE) and…


Lipidomics: Sample Prep with the GERSTEL MPS Dual Head WorkStation

Metabolomics studies focus on the analysis of small molecules (MW<2000) in biological matrices, processing relatively large sets of samples to…


A History of European Mass Spectrometry

We have managed to obtain 2 copies of a book ‘A History of European Mass Spectrometry’ which we would like…


Automated Liquid-Liquid Extraction Methodologies

In October, Anatune attended the Diamond Jubilee Year ChromSoc meeting hosted by Syngenta Research Laboratories.  The meeting was accompanied with…


Split-Second Support

We are all busy people.  If something goes wrong, we want it fixed now.  Why wait if you don’t have…


Faster, Better, Cheaper, Greener

It is said that the majority of people are ready to do anything to save the planet – so long…


Why You Need to Look at Dispersive Liquid-Liquid Micro Extraction

Automated DLLME using the GERSTEL MultiPurpose Sampler   In analytical sample preparation, Liquid-Liquid Extraction (LLE) is as old as the…


Training at Anatune

On Monday, I was fortunate enough to spend the day at Anatune, in Cambridge.  I had emailed Dan Carrier, their…


Anatune Heads to Scotland for Distilled Spirits

If you want authentic Scotch, you obviously go to Scotland and this meant there was only one place to host…


On the Road Again: Part 2 – Filling the Analytical Gaps

Following our excursion to Eastbourne, we packed up the SIFT-MS and headed North to a customers site for a couple…


Introducing Eleanor Miller

Anatune is pleased to welcome Eleanor Miller on board, as our Forensics Specialist and Accounts Manager for Scotland. Prior to…


A Lab on a Rail

Recently I have been working on the automation of several workflows for metabolomics applications.  As it usually happens in busy…


On the Road Again: Part 1 – Passive Drinking at BMSS 2016

This September, we once again took our Voice200ultra SIFT-MS on the road, with visits to customers and conferences. The first…


A Picture Really is Worth a Thousand Words!

When we perform your next instrument install or upgrade, we will probably ask permission to take a photo of it…


Showcasing SIFT-MS Webinars

Syft Technologies are holding a live Webinar on September 15th – ‘Forget Chromatography: Comprehensive Instant Analysis with SIFT-MS’. In this…


Anatune at BMSS 2016

The 37th BMSS Annual Meeting is being held on the 13th-15th September, at the Winter Gardens in Eastbourne and Anatune…


TPD – Analysis of e-Liquids and Emissions

On the 7th July, we held a Webinar on the analysis of e-liquids and emissions to meet the requirements of…


The Analysis of Distilled Spirits – Chromatography Sample Preparation & Automation

On Tuesday, 4th October and Wednesday, 5th of October, Anatune is running two one-day workshops on chromatography sample preparation and…


Seminar: The Analysis of Biomarkers in Breath and Body Fluids by SIFT-MS

The composition of human breath varies depending primarily upon physiological and pathophysiological state, diet, exercise and environmental factors. A great…


Automated Analysis of Fire Debris Samples using MIDI Sherlock GC-MS

The Field Arson accounts for significant financial losses each year, as well as substantial loss of life. According to The…


Acrylamide in Food

What is Acrylamide and why is it a Problem? Acrylamide is a chemical that is produced naturally during cooking at…


SIFT-MS: Unsurpassed Real-Time Selectivity

There are eight SIFT-MS reagent ions (H3O+, NO+, O2+, O–, O2–, OH–, NO2–, and NO3–) for rapid, comprehensive gas analysis. There…


Agilent 7200 GC/Q-TOF Interest Group Meeting

The date of this one day meeting is Wednesday 7th September 2016, and is being hosted by the National Centre…


Metabolomics 2016 Dublin

Anatune will be at Metabolomics 2016 next week in Dublin. We will be demonstrating high throughput, just-in-time, metabolomics sample preparation…


Automating Amino Acid Analysis

Why do we measure Amino Acids? Amino acids are both key metabolites in primary metabolism and the structural building blocks…


The Tobacco Products Directive – the Analysis of e-Liquids and Emissions Webinar

Anatune will be holding a Webinar on Thursday 7th July at 2pm (GBT) on the analysis of e-liquids and emissions…


Advances in the Chemical Analysis of Food

I have been involved with the Royal Society of Chemistry Food group for several years and this year, we organised…


Shaken, not Stirred?

Manual sample preparation of solid and viscous samples such as vegetative matter, tissues or viscous liquids can be a time…


Workshop – The Latest in SIFT-MS

The technology of SIFT-MS is developing rapidly in ways that are expanding what it can do still further. SIFT-MS offers…


The Inventor of SIFT-MS visits Anatune

Patrik Spanel and David Smith with Anatune’s Ray Perkins and Mark Perkins, above.   On Tuesday 17th May, we were…


Cannabinoid Automation

A recent article published in Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry (DOI 10.1007/s00216-016-9537-5) details the automation of a liquid-liquid extraction…


Harmony in Gas Chromatography

Great gas chromatographers create elegant methods, in the same way that great composers create elegant music. In GC and in…


The Fiehn Protocol in Metabolomics

The Early History of Metabolomics Back in 1997, reliable, modern LC-MS systems were science fiction: ion traps were the only…


SIFT-MS – On the Road

There are many things you can do with a Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometer that would be impossible (or…


When Food Leaves a Bad Taste

Off-flavours and odours in foods now constitute the most common complaint in the consumer food industry. According to food and…


The Renaissance of GC-MS as an Analytical Platform for Metabolomics

What is Metabolomics? Metabolomics (also known as metabonomics or metabolic phenotyping) is core discipline in modern bioscience. Metabolomics involves the…


Identifying Aldehydes, Ketones via Automated Desorption

There are many methods for identifying ketones and aldehydes in building and other materials. Whilst formaldehyde is used for producing…


Automated Characterization of Phospholipid Fatty Acids in Soil Samples using MIDI Sherlock

The Field The soil microbiota is responsible for many ecosystem functions such as plant growth regulation, nutrient cycling and carbon…


Your GC Column Matters!

In liquid chromatography, changing column to improve the selectivity of your separation is a no brainer. In fact, it’s a…


Automated Sample Preparation for Drinking Water Labs

Sample prep automation gives valuable advantages: Greater productivity Improved data quality Faster sample turnaround We introduced our Lunch and Learn…


Analytical Chemistry Demystifying Genetically Modified Food

No longer satisfied with counting calories and grams of fat, today’s consumers want to know that their food is free…


Twelve Months On…

How time flies…!  A year has passed since I began working for Anatune, and in many ways, the last twelve…


Once Upon a Time You Had a Great Idea…

The GERSTEL MultiPurpose Sampler (MPS) automates your GC and LC sample prep. You designed the sample prep method You got…


Automated Analysis of Edible and Marine Oils using MIDI Sherlock

The Field Edible oils are vegetable-based oils extracted from olives, corn, peanuts and other sources that are used in a…


Automated GC-MS Metabolomics Workshops

Metabolomics usually requires the preparation of extensive sample sets to allow successful differentiation between sample types.  Hence, good analytical data…


2016 GC/Q-TOF Interest Group Meeting

The date for this years’ GC/Q-TOF Interest Group Meeting has been set for Wednesday 7th September, and will be hosted…


Gas Chromatography – The Past or the Future?

As a technique, Gas Chromatography is very well established, but that’s not to say there is lack of new developments….


SIFT-MS – Try Before you Buy

Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry is a powerful new technology that offers the potential for great improvements in the…


High Resolution Accurate Mass GC-MS – Try Before you Buy

Having use of a high resolution, accurate mass GC-MS, such as the MultiFlex GC/Q-TOF offers a much greater ability to…


Automated Tedlar Bag Sampling using SIFT-MS

Tedlar bags are a convenient and cost-effective option for sampling volatile organic compounds, for example, toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) in…


With Pinot Noir it’s all about the Nose

As an avid reader of The Economist, I was interested to come across this article concerning new technology being applied…


What Can the RSC Do For You?

To be, or not to be??….. No… not that RSC!! I have been a member of the other RSC (Royal…


A Better Way for VOCs in Soils?

Virtually every lab (at least in Europe) running volatile organic compounds in soils does so by static headspace. Over the…


A Little Lunchtime Viewing

At the end of January, Syft Technologies’ Dr Barry Prince delivered a webinar on ‘SIFT-MS and its Use in Environmental…


Grevy or Burchell’s Zebra?

For those that read our blog post this week, the Horse vs Zebra tail now has an extra dimension. Following…


Do You See a Horse or a Zebra’s Shadow?

Things aren’t always what they seem! Last month in the lab, we have been working on taint application that has…


Anatune’s 20th Anniversary

Today, Monday 1st of February is Anatune’s 20th Birthday. The team are all in the office and today we are…


The Significance of Automated Centrifugation

In the automation of sample preparation methods, there are a few things that only a centrifuge can do properly: Separate…


Bristol 2016 – The Best Agilent Meeting Ever?

I have attended many Agilent events over the years and they are always worth attending. The priority given to presentations…


What is in an Air Freshener?

An interesting article on the BBC News website – ‘Is there a danger from scented products?’. I don’t think I…


Introducing Camilla Liscio to the Anatune Team

Our newest recruit of 2016, we would like to welcome you to Camilla Liscio, who has joined our applications team…


The Smell of Christmas

Apart from Christmas trees (real ones of course!), for most people, the arrival of Christmas is signalled by the smell…


Lunch and Learn – Automating Sample Extraction

In the New Year, we will be offering free on-site seminars on the automation of sample extraction. These events will…


Metabolomics: Automated GC-MS Workshops

We have decided to run more workshops on Metabolomics, in co-operation with our friends at Agilent Technologies and GERSTEL. The…


Optimise Your Methods by Optimising Your Staff

It’s just over a year now, since I started working at Anatune as an Applications Chemist and Training Co-ordinator; what…


Flavour Analysis and Perception in Food & Beverages – Book Offer

Flavour Development Analysis and Perception in Food and Beverages, edited by J.K. Parker, J.S. Elmore and L. Methven. This is…


Using Chemometrics to Unlock Hidden Information in Your Data

We can now generate fantastically rich data sets from the latest high-resolution mass spectrometers such as the Agilent 7200 GC/Q-TOF….


GC-MS Automation – The Pareto Principle

“80% of people know about the Pareto Principle, only 20% ever apply it.” The Pareto Principle (or 80:20 rule) is…


Pleased to Meet You…

Sue has asked me to write a few words by way of introduction, so here goes… I joined Anatune in…


Automated Sample Prep Introduced to Pharmaceutical Conference

On 9th and 10th November 2015, Anatune visited the Chromatographic Society meeting on Analytical Challenges and Solutions for Difficult Pharmaceutical…


Improve Process Measurements with SIFT-MS

Quality Control and Process Monitoring is always a compromise between the number of samples you would like to test (all…


Introducing Richard Davis – Latest Addition to the Anatune Team

I am pleased to introduce you to Richard Davis, who has recently joined us as a GC-MS Applications Chemist. Richard…


Focus on the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories

It is nice to find occasions to celebrate the great work done by some of our customers and now is…


The Number One Reason GC-MS Sensitivity Matters

It determines the complexity, cost and efficiency of your sample preparation. When you design an analytical process for trace analysis,…


Sorry for making the lab smell…

At the beginning of this month I had the pleasure of completing the final in a series of three two-day…


Weighing as Part of Automated Sample Preparation

One of the best things about the GERSTEL MultiPurpose Sampler (MPS) is that it offers such a large range of…


SIFT-MS with Automated Sampling of Tedlar Bags

We are looking for a partner or partners to help take this project forward. We have recently looked at the…


The Beast of Norwich

Having trained the Beast in my own laboratory to carry out the tasks I wished him to perform, I set…


Why SIFT-MS Changes Everything…

To understand why, it is best to listen to analysts that are already using this powerful new technology. Together with…


Anatune and Syft Technologies exhibit at BMSS 2015

On the 15th-17th September, Anatune joined Syft Technologies and exhibited at the 36th BMSS Annual Meeting at the University of…


Selective, Instant Ultratrace Gas Analysis without Chromatography: Introducing SIFT-MS

  Live FREE Webcast – Wednesday 7th October, 2015 at 11am EDT/ 10am CDT/ 8am PDT       Hosted…


Automating Sample Filtration for UHPLC

Ultra High Pressure Liquid Chromatography is a popular and powerful analytical technique, however, if your samples contain solid particles, these…


A Trip to Anatune: The Customer’s Eye View

Following an initial chat with James Kee of Thames Water, we invited him down to our laboratory in Cambridge and…


The Positives of Negative Ions

Syft Technologies have just announced a breakthrough in SIFT-MS technology by adding four negatively charged reagent ions to their Voice200ultra…


SIFT-MS – Spreading the Word…

Who doesn’t like the opportunity to learn something new, or be introduced to a new technology that you were previously…


Join Agilent for a free 1-day seminar on the latest technology developments

Agilent Technologies are holding a FREE one-day seminar on the latest developments in gas and liquid phase chromatography, mass spectrometry…


Metabolomics – Automated Sample Preparation for GC-MS

Where GC-MS is used in metabolomics studies, sample preparation can be a major headache. Firstly there is the issue of…


Extracting L&E Compounds from Large Medical Implants

  Andrew Golby has drawn our attention to this Twister (Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction) application. It is very interesting for two…


BMSS Annual Meeting 2015

The BMSS Annual Meeting is being held on the 15th-17th September 2015, at the University of Birmingham, and Anatune will…


In-Mouth Chemistry using SIFT-MS

If analytical chemistry makes it into the Telegraph then it must be news. Unfortunately, you may need to be subscribed…


GC Analysis with LC Prep

“We have been totally spoiled by the LC-triple quad. There’s no messing around with sample preparation and we can throw…


Checking Phine’s New Car by SIFT-MS

Phine Banks, Anatune’s Account Manager for the West of England, has just taken delivery of a new VW Golf. That…


Twister – Extracting Analytes of all Polarities

Nobuo Ochiai has written an article that illustrates great capabilities SBSE now offers for the extraction and concentration of target…


Opportunities to Learn about SIFT-MS

Most analytical laboratories will have both GC-MS and LC-MS. Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry can analyse for analytes of low molecular…


The Curse of Lumpy Samples

Sometimes it is the simplest of problems that can ruin your day. No GC-MS or LC-MS can handle particulate laden…


Advances in Gas Chromatography V

On 14th October 2015, the Chromatographic Society and the North West Region of the Analytical Division of the RSC are…


SIFT-MS Interest Group Meeting

SIFT-MS is an important new analytical technique for the fast, real time analysis of volatile organic compounds. On Tuesday 20th…


Aroma Profiling Workshop

After a lot of interest from our blog post last month, we have decided to hold a workshop on the…


5th European Lipidomic Meeting

The University of Swansea are hosting the 5th European Lipidomic Meeting, which is being held on 2nd-4th September 2015. This…


A Useful Trick for Extracting Analytes of Different Polarities

When designing an extraction process, if your target analytes exhibit a range of polarities, this can often lead you down…


If Formaldehyde is the Question, what is the Answer?

As is the case with many other small, polar molecules, analysing for formaldehyde presents analysts with a real challenge. If…


MultiFlex GC/Q-TOF Meeting – A Big Success!

On Thursday 11th June, Anatune organised the first GC/Q-TOF Interest Group Meeting at Wyboston Lakes, St Neots, near Bedford. The…


A Year On…

Last week saw my first anniversary of working at Anatune. During that time I have been privileged to have worked…


So what is a VAR?

Anatune is an Agilent Technologies Value-Added Reseller. If you’re not sure exactly what this means, please read on… Value-Added Resellers…


The Bad, The Ugly and The Good

Let’s talk about smells… Regulations concerning the emissions of actual and potential toxins from many classes of consumer products have…


Method Development – But Not as We Know It

Last week was SIFT-MS workshop week and we had a full house of customers in the lab, most of whom…


At Last – a GC-MS Reference Method for Vitamin D Measurements

Over the past few years, concerns have grown about vitamin D deficiency in the general population. Vitamin D is known…


Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) Applications

Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) is an analysis technique that offers real-time, targeted measurement of volatile and semi-volatile…


Learn the Benefits of Accurate Mass Determination

As High Resolution Mass Spectrometry rapidly becomes a mainstream analytical technique, is your knowledge keeping pace with the change? You…


Processing GC-MS Data using Multivariate Analysis

The high resolution, accurate GC/Q-TOF will generate a vast amount of data about the samples you run. The challenge is…


A Great Opportunity

I am the second student from the Master’s degree in Instrumentation and Analytical Chemistry of Paris-Sud University to be offered…


Answers Out of Thin Air (and Water)!

Anatune recently took delivery of a Voice200Ultra SIFT-MS and for the last two weeks I have been demonstrating its capabilities,…


Dr Mark Perkins Joins the Anatune Team

Anatune is pleased to welcome Dr Mark Perkins, who will be working alongside a really great team in the Applications…


GC/Q-TOF Interest Group Meeting

On Thursday 11th June, we are running a GC/Q-TOF Interest Group Meeting at Wyboston Lakes, in Bedfordshire, and we hope to…


The Two Minute Rule…

Anatune is serious about supporting our customers well.  It makes great business sense and it is also the right thing…


Customers Make St Patrick’s Day Rainbows!!

Last month 20 of our customers attended our AutoPrep Workshop, and were inspired to return to their laboratories with thoughts…


Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) Workshops

SIFT-MS is a new and rapidly growing analytical technique that offers real-time, targeted analysis of volatile organic species in air….


Mass Spectrometry for Environmental and Food Analysis

Agilent Technologies are pleased to invite you to a one-day seminar on the latest developments in Organic and Inorganic Mass…


Anatune is Top GERSTEL Distributor for the Second Year Running

At GERSTEL’s International Sales Meeting in Mulheim on Wednesday 18th March, I was very proud to accept on behalf of…


MVM is so Important to High Resolution GC-MS

High Resolution Accurate Mass GC-MS is commonly used to identify significant, unknown compounds in all kinds of samples. This kind…


The Two Kinds of GC-MS Methods

There are two sorts of GC-MS methods: 1. The ones that just work. 2. The tough, frustrating, stressful, expensive, unreliable,…


Why Selective Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) Matters…

Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) is for analysts who want to make fast, real-time measurements of volatile (and…


The Best Way to Sample Volatile Organics for GC-MS?

So what is the right way of doing this? There are many different ways of sampling volatile organic compounds in…


Using Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction (SBSE) to Investigate Odours Emitted by Materials

For too long, SBSE has been restricted by the non-availability of more polar phases. Poly dimethyl silicone is very useful,…


Emerging Contaminants in Waters and Soils Symposium

The MPS comes to Sheffield!! Anatune will be demonstrating the GERSTEL MPS at the RSC Emerging Contaminants in Waters and…


Automated Sample Preparation Combined with GC for Target and Non-Target Analysis

I recently provided a talk at the Agilent Organic Mass Spectrometry Environmental and Food Analysis Meeting, entitled ‘Automated Sample Preparation…


New Extraction Technology for Flavours and Odours

The new EG Silicone Twister is important because it expands the range of jobs that Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction (SBSE)…


Phine Banks joins the Anatune team

Anatune is pleased to welcome Phine Banks, who will be the Account Manager for the West of the UK. Phine…


How to Build your Own GC-MS/Sample Preparation Application Library

One of the big things that we can offer our customers is ready access to the great work done in…


What’s that smell? – A tale of 2 dimensions

  The human nose can be the most sensitive detector, but the art of picking out individual odours from a…


Agilent Organic Mass Spectrometry Environmental & Food Analysis Meeting

Agilent Technologies are pleased to invite you to a seminar focused on latest developments in Organic Mass Spectrometry in Environmental…


My Jump from University Paris-Sud to Anatune

If you think about it, what could be the best place for a new graduate to start his or her…


Measuring VOCs in Process Water both On-Line and Off-Line

Manufacturing sites often generate significant amounts of waste water that has to be treated before it can be discharged into…


Sample Prep Automation for Contract Laboratories

On March 17th, 18th and 19th, we will be running a series of one-day workshops entitled: “On-line Sample Preparation for…


Automation Equals Success

We will shortly be launching AUTOPREP by Anatune as a brand name for a range of solutions involving sample preparation…


Anatune’s 2015 Environmental VOC Analyser

Compared to older versions of our VOC Analyser, this new instrument gives improved MS performance, (including better sensitivity) and now…


Mass Spectrometry for the Novice

As the use of GC-MS continues to grow, more analysts come into contact with mass spectrometry for the first time….


The Serious Benefits of Giving Instruments Silly Names

  Some laboratories give their instruments names. I know of labs that name instruments after colours, characters from TV shows…


On-Line Sample Preparation for GC-MS Workshops

If you are a GC-MS user in a routine lab, you may well need to: ·         Run more samples ·        …


Microextraction Tech Blog

Sample treatment is essential to develop competitive analytical methods in different application areas, from environmental sciences to bioanalysis. The low…


Latest Developments in Organic MS in Environmental and Food Analysis

Agilent Technologies are pleased to invite you to a seminar focused on latest developments in Organic Mass Spectrometry in Environmental…


New Developments in Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry – Review

This meeting was organised by the Institute of Mass Spectrometry and hosted by the College of Medicine, Swansea University. In all, excluding…


Cypermethrin in Water at Ultra Low Levels

Are you thinking about CIP 2? Are you interested in measuring cypermethrin at ultra-low levels? We have been working on…


A Tale of Space and Time

The Lord of Time looked down upon the blue globe that was planet Earth and turned to his Apprentice. “When…


Now is the Time to Replace your Old High Resolution GC-MS

Now could be a great time to replace your old high resolution GC-MS with GC/Q-TOF. Here’s why… If you wander…


Better LODs with Hot Injection and Trapping

Analysts that carry-out work on volatile (and some semi-volatile) compounds by GC-MS, know that different headspace sampling techniques give different…


Mr Paul Robbins joins the Anatune Team

Anatune is pleased to welcome Mr Paul Robbins, Support Engineer, who will be working alongside a really great team in the…


Automated Sample Preparation and GC/Q-TOF for Metabolomics

As the bookings come in for our Metabolomics Workshop in early November we have been working on automating a number…


Perception and Detection of Food Flavours

There are many challenging aspects of food analysis, in particular when looking for unknown analytes. Characterising flavour or setting suitable…


Mr Sean O’Connor joins the Anatune Team

Anatune is pleased to welcome Mr Sean O’Connor, who will be working alongside a really great team in the Applications…


The Measurement of VOCs in Flowing Water

We have recently been asked to build a headspace GC system for the analysis of volatile organic compounds in an…


Single Drop Micro Extraction Now Available with the GERSTEL MPS

A little over a year ago, Anatune entered into a co-operation with Glaxo SmithKline to work on the development of…


Please forgive us for asking…

All of us here at Anatune are strongly committed to providing excellent customer service. To make this happen we have…


The Role of Automated Sample Preparation in Metabolomics

Precise replication of sample preparation steps in metabolomics is critical in obtaining analytically precise results to determine true, often small…


Low Level Steroids in Waste Water by GC Triple Quad

Right now, there is considerable interest in the analysis of low level steroids (specifically; Estrone (E1), Estradiol (E2) and Ethynyl…


Metabolomics: Automated GC-MS Workshops

We had a number of suggestions from people involved in metabolomics to run workshops on the topic of automated sample…


Agilent Environmental Food MS Meeting, Liverpool, England

This is always a good meeting; the content is excellent, it is always well attended and it is a great…


9 Questions to Test Your Knowledge of GC Injection

Far too many users of gas chromatography understand far too little about sample introduction. There are plenty of people around…


Meet Anatune’s New Support Manager

I am pleased to confirm Alan Lockley’s appointment as Anatune’s new Support Manager. Alan joined Anatune in 2009 from Birmingham…


Use of Automated Sample Preparation for Aqueous Samples

On Wednesday 9th July, Dan Carrier, Anatune’s Application Laboratory Manager, gave a presentation at the LEAP meeting hosted by FERA…


GC-MS of Pesticides in High-Chlorophyll Samples

At the recent European Pesticide Residues Workshop in Dublin, Richard Fussell of the UK Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)…


The Ultimate Separation Machine

One useful principle that can be applied to GC-MS method development is to get the mass spectrometer to do as…


Dr Kathy Ridgway Joins the Anatune Team

Our application laboratory team does some really great work and as a result, demands on our lab grow all the…


Preparing Samples with Solids – Automatically

If you are using either GC-MS or LC-MS; liquid phase samples containing solids can be very inconvenient to work with….


Latest Sample Preparation Tools for the GERSTEL MultiPurpose Sampler

GERSTEL continue to add more tools to the range of accessories that can be used with the MultiPurpose Sampler, with…


GC-MS of Food Volatiles – Why you need a Range of Sampling Techniques

One important reason why the GERSTEL MultiPurpose Sampler (MPS) is favoured so strongly by analysts working with flavours and fragrances…


Students from the Perse School in Cambridge visit Anatune

On Tuesday 10th June, we welcomed a group of sixth-form chemistry students from the Perse School in Cambridge. The students…


What do you know about Membrane Assisted Solvent Extraction?

Membrane Assisted Solvent Extraction (MASE) is a useful extraction technique that can be fully automated using the GERSTEL MultiPurpose Sampler…


Automated QuEChERS Extractions – A Case Study

Teledyne Tekmar will be showcasing the AutoMate Q-40 at the European Pesticides Residues Workshop in Dublin from June 30th to…


Pyrolysis of Polymers and Adhesives

When analysing polymers and adhesives, thermal desorption and pyrolysis are two GC-MS sampling techniques that go hand-in-hand. Thermal desorption can…


Amber – Fake or the Real Thing?

Amber is fossilised tree-resin that is millions of years old and is valued for jewellery making (and, interestingly, as an…


Why the Renaissance in GC?

Andrew Golby and I attended the 38th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography in Riva del Garda, Italy last week. It…


The Use of Olfactometry to Study Taste and Odour Compounds in Water

Recently, we have had a lot of interest in the use of GC-Olfactometry (GC-O) as a tool to assist in…


Anatune at EPRW in Dublin

We have booked a stand at the European Pesticide Residues Workshop in Dublin at the end of June. We are…


Will we see you in Riva Del Garda?

Andrew Golby and I are both attending the 38th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography and 11th GCxGC Symposium in Riva…


A Matter of Taste (and Odour)

There was a time when, for analytical chemists within the water industry, dealing with customer quality complaints was a nightmare….


Measuring off-Odours in Pharmaceutical Products

The presence of an off-odour in a pharmaceutical product is a serious quality problem – even if there is no…


Goodbye to Matt Carson

Matt Carson leaves Anatune this week after ten great years with the company.  Matt has done a brilliant job as…


Automated Extraction of Plasticizers from Toys

The US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Section 108 requires that children’s toys and child care articles be tested for…


A Big Thank You to All of our Customers…

At GERSTEL’s recent International Sales Meeting, held at their headquarters in Mulheim, Germany, Anatune received the award for Outstanding Sales…


Anatune Wins Best Customer Service Award

Anatune has won the Best Customer Service award at the 2014 Business Excellence Awards, held this year at the Metropole…


QuEChERS Automation Workshop

Last August we hosted the European launch of the Tekmar AutoMate Q40 QuEChERS automation Workbench, which stimulated considerable interest. Following…


Win 2 Days on our MultiFlex GCqTOF

The Agilent 7200 is a high resolution, accurate mass GC-Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer. It is also the most powerful…


Adding More Capability to Dilute and Shoot

As Andy Golby discussed in his recent post, for anyone involved in LC-MS or GC-MS the “Dilute and Shoot” approach to sample…


The Launch of the CF200 and Automated DNPH Analysis (A300)

Automated DNPH Analysis (A300) Airborne aldehydes and ketones are collected by passing air through a cartridge containing 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH).  Carbonyl…


Automating Dilute and Shoot

Any analyst working with LC-MS or GC-MS will have noticed, how, over time, mass-specs keep getting more sensitive. Extra MS…


MultiFlex Powers through Headspace

If you are using GC-MS for the analysis of dirty samples, the fundamental advantage of headspace sampling – in all…


Mass Spectrometry – Let’s all Speak the Same Language

One of the minor frustrations of mass spectrometry is the way that different people often have different interpretations of terms…


Standards

A group of visitors were being shown around a laboratory complex. The senior scientist, proudly walked the visitors past every…


How Good are Your Staff at GC Injection?

Recently, Dan Carrier and I were having a discussion with an experienced analyst – very knowledgeable on LC-MS, less so…


Dynamic Headspace Sampling with the GERSTEL MPS MultiFlex

When sampling volatile organic compounds from any matrix, there is a range of different headspace sampling techniques that can be…


Analysing for Unknowns in Leachables and Extractables

The analysis of L&Es in pharmaceutical products has been a hot topic for a while. Recently, we have spoken with…


Analysing Volatile Leachables with the use of Automated Headspace Solvent Micro-Extraction (HSME)

If you are currently using Solid Phase Micro Extraction (SPME) then this new headspace sampling technique will almost certainly be…


Large Volume Injection Revisited

The GERSTEL CIS 4 PTV Injector for GC-MS In this longer article, I discuss the topic of large volume injection…


Automating the Measurement of Formaldehyde and Acetaldehyde in Air

We have developed a fully automated solution for the processing of DNPH tubes and the analysis of the resultant extracts….


Things you can do with a MultiFlex (No.6) – Liquid Injection

A lab manager in the North of England said to me the other day: “Your MultiFlex is great at those…


Workshops: Analysing for Unknowns by Accurate Mass GCqTOF

The chances are, in the future, you will be asked to report far more detail about the composition of samples…


Things you can do with a MultiFlex (No.5) – Thermal Extraction

Thermal extraction is another great GC extraction technique which sits within the multi-instrumental talents of the MultiFlex sample preparation system….


The Analysis of Biomarkers in Crude Oil without Sample Preparation

Biomarkers are important compounds in the characterisation of crude oil World-wide Biomarkers are a large class of hydrocarbons that are…


Things you can do with a MultiFlex (No.4) – Liquid Handling

Addition of Internal Standards When working with samples, even those needing no sample preparation, there are always some basic liquid…


Dates for the next MultiFlex GCqTOF Workshops

Last week, on 19th/20th and 21st/22nd November, we ran a series of MultiFlex GCqTOF Workshops hosted by the University of…


Things you can do with a MultiFlex (No. 3) – Twister or Stir-Bar Sorptive Extraction and Desorption

Twister or Stir-Bar Sorptive Extraction (SBSE) was the final great sample preparation invention of the 20th Century. Analytical chemists throughout…


High Capacity Autosampling of Exetainers for Greenhouse Gas Analysis

All over the World, lots of labs are carrying out research on greenhouse gases, however, a common gripe from analysts…


Things you can do with a MultiFlex (No.2) – Hot Injection and Trapping (HIT)

Performing Hot Injection and Trapping (HIT) Imagine that you are developing a GC-MS method and you find that you are…


What has Big Data got to do with GC-MS?

The Virtual Chemical Archive? A guest post by: Prof Ally Lewis, National Centre for Atmospheric Science and The University of…


Automating Dilute and Shoot

The idea behind Dilute and Shoot is to take advantage of sensitivity improvements to reduce the need for sample handling…


Things you can do with a MultiFlex (No.1)

The GERSTEL MultiFlex is a sample introduction and automation system for GC and GC-MS that is configured to offer the…


Thinking Outside the Box

The “Box” in this case is an analytical instrument such as a GC, GC-MS or LC-MS and the time to…


Advances in Gas Chromatography IV

This excellent one-day meeting is organised every autumn jointly by the Chromatographic Society and the North West Region of the…


Automating Sample Preparation – Thinking Differently

  The Teledyne Tekmar Automate-Q40 “When you have a hammer in your hand, everything looks like a nail” Just about…


Non-selective Sampling of Volatile Organics – a New Approach

The GERSTEL DHS Dynamic Headspace Sampler If you are busy with the analysis of volatile and semi-volatile compounds (especially if…


Large volume injection of explosive compounds using the CIS 4

Explosives can be demanding analytes The analysis of explosives by GC can be very demanding. Explosive compounds can be very…


GC-MS is Suddenly A Lot More Interesting

For the last 20 years or so the single quadrupole GC-MS has been the main-stay of very many analytical laboratories….


How to Make SPE Work Properly

Solid Phase Extraction Cartridges Many labs struggle to get Solid Phase Extraction to give decent results. When using LLE, analysts…


Excellent New Publication on the Analysis of Beverages

Our good friend and long-standing customer, Dr Darren Caven-Quantrill of Frutarom in Wellingborough has drawn our attention to a useful book…


GCqTOF MultiFlex Workshops

The analysis of unknowns by accurate mass GC and LC-MS is a hot topic right now; so in the week beginning…


Sampling the Dish of the Day

Using Analytical Science to Create Food that is Delicious and Healthy In the analysis of consumer products (especially food and…


Analysing for Unknowns – Sample Prep Considerations

In an earlier post by Paul Roberts on the analysis of unknown analytes by GC-MS, Paul touched upon a point concerning…


QuEChERS Automation – Product Launch Event

  The AutoMate-Q40 prepares food samples for residue analysis There was a time when every laboratory analysing for pesticide residues…


Fully Automated Analysis of Blood Samples

One of Anatune’s outstanding successes of the last few years has been our fully-automated LC-MS/MS solution for the analysis of…


Introducing the MPS MultiFlex for Food and Beverage Analysis

Over the last few years, GERSTEL’s sampling and automation technology has steadily grown to be the first-choice for chromatography sample preparation and introduction within…


Solid Phase Microextraction CD Give-Away

We have 15 copies of the “Solid Phase Microextraction CD” available to give away!! The CD includes over 1000 references to…


GC/qTOF – the Best Way to Screen for Legal Highs?

  Agilent 7200 GC/q-TOF and GERSTEL Multi-Purpose Sampler How do you analyse for something when you don’t know what it…


LC-MS Sample Prep by Moonlight

  Automated sample preparation works around the clock It is common for labs to run LC/MS around the clock, but in clinical…


GlaxoSmithKline and Anatune Form Innovation Partnership

I am pleased to report that we have just formed a joint innovation partnership with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) at Stevenage, to investigate ways in…


Screening for Contaminants in Packaging Materials

Silvia Kanzler of GERSTEL has just alerted me to this article in “The Column” by Armin Hauk of Intertek Expert…


Workshop – Automated SPE on potable water using GC-QqQ

There are several compounds that are currently in the spotlight as potential and actual targets for routine monitoring in potable…


Twister Book Offer

When I write a post with a book give-away, I always get a big response, so we keep our eyes open and grab any spare copies of  interesting publications that…


Sample Introduction for High Performance Mass-Spec

  Hot Injection and Trapping If you are investing in an expensive high-performance GC/MS, it makes no sense to economise…


The Winner of our Pay-Per-Sample LC-MS/MS Prize Draw

At last month’s Focus Exhibition in York, it turned out to be a busy and successful event for Friiscan and we received 128…


Automating the Extraction and Derivatisation of Fats and Oils

The determination of the fatty acid composition of fats and oils in foods involves three stages: The extraction of the…


Screening for Unknowns

For years, targeted analysis has been very much in vogue. Someone gives you a list of compounds to look for…


Implementing Clinical Mass Spectrometry Systems – Book by Neil Leaver

I have managed to obtain a few spare copies of this rather useful hand-book that I am happy to give away…


Focus 2013 – A Great Success!!

Focus* 2013 was a great success with over a hundred people expressing interest in our Pay-Per-Sample LC-MS/MS offering, and we…


Pay-Per-Sample LC/MS at FOCUS in York

If you would like to get your hands on a new LC/MS – but don’t have the capital; then pay…


Win Three Days Hands-on with an Agilent 7000 GC-Triple Quad

Maybe you have something you would love to try-out on a GC-triple quad – if only you could get your hands…


The Ultimate GC-MS Problem Solver for High Matrix Samples?

The practicalities of working with “dirty” sample matrices by GC-MS involve dealing with two related problems: How to resolve analytes from matrix…


ATEX and Matrix Elimination

In GC-MS, when working with complex matrices, the ability to be able to separate analytes from involatile material upon injection…


Using the GERSTEL MPS to Make Calibration Standards

For many customers, the GERSTEL MultiPurpose Sampler (MPS) is the autosampler of choice because it gives them access to the widest range of…


Enter the Omni-Sampler…

Whole air sampling using inert canisters offers significant advantages over sampling with tubes, and labs are beginning to embrace this…


A New Way of Fingerprinting Fats and Oils

Plant and vegetable oils form an important component of our diet, and are also of great industrial importance as a…


QuEChERS – Is this the Game-Changer?

For labs that are involved in analysing for residues in food, a heavyweight automation solution has emerged with the potential to not…


Automation in the Chromatography Laboratory – Our Best Programme Ever?

The agenda for our twin conferences “Automation in the Chromatography Laboratory” is now complete and I am sure that this is the best…


The Automation of Single Drop Micro Extraction

During a recent MultiPurpose Sampler workshop, a customer asked if they could use the GERSTEL MPS to automate Single Drop Micro Extraction*. After…


Automated IsoTube Analysis with the GERSTEL MPS Sampler

IsoTube MPS Solution Field collection of natural gas samples at wells or drilling sites combined with analysis by GC-FID/TCD and GC-IRMS…


Join the QQQueue – Collaboration Opportunity

We now have a GC-triple quad in our application laboratory We recently reported that we had taken delivery of an…


6 Ways to Cut Solvent Usage in Your Lab

There are plenty of good reasons for working to reduce your labs solvent consumption. Solvents are expensive to buy (and dispose of),…


Pay-Per-Sample LC-MS/MS

Recently a Consultant Clinical Scientist mentioned to us that their Trust had a well defined process for saving costs, but no…


GERSTEL MPS Workshops Extended to Meet Demand

Places on our three GERSTEL MPS Training Workshops were all snapped up in record time and so we are adding…


Anatune Events for 2013

Anatune will be attending various meetings/exhibitions throughout the year and we would love to see you there. So far, we…


Watch a Dual-Head GERSTEL MPS in Action

Dual-head GERSTEL Multi-Purpose Sampler Here is a link to a video of a Dual Headed GERSTEL MPS. If you are running…


Happy Birthday to Us!

Anatune is seventeen years old today Anatune began trading on the 1st of February 1996 and so today is Anatune’s…


New GC-QQQ Installed in our Application Lab

It has taken a while, but we now have an Agilent 7890-7000 GC-triple quad installed and running in our application…


GERSTELIZE your CombiPal

Until the end of April 2013, we have a great promotional offer on CombiPal-to-MPS upgrades. This offer enables CombiPal users to…


I’m Back!

Andrew Golby writes: Firstly, thanks to those of you that wished me well when I departed. I have now returned to work…


Improving the Analysis of NDMA in Water

N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) (AKA dimethylnitrosamine or DMN) is highly toxic, and a suspected human carcinogen, as such the US EPA sets a…


Advanced SPME Workshop

SPME Multi-Fibre Exchange – One of the Workshop Topics Last week we ran a series of Workshops on advanced SPME,…


Goodbye to Andrew Golby

I am sad to report that after four years with Anatune, Andrew Golby is departing to take up fresh challenges….


Automate Your Sample Prep and Work Better in 2013

  If you manage an analytical laboratory and use GC-MS and LC-MS, the chances are that sample preparation will form the bulk…


9 Reasons why an XSD is a better bet than an ECD

  The XSD has no radioactive source – unlike the ECD If you own and use electron capture detectors, you…


Analysing Flavours, Aromas and Off-Flavours with the GERSTEL 1D/2D

If you are involved in the analysis of any consumer products (foods, beverages, personal care products and the like), you…


Hot Application Note

Ray has been growing chilli peppers on the window sills in the Anatune office since we moved to our new site…


Teledyne Tekmar AutoMate-Q40 – More Info

More information concerning the Teledyne Tekmar’s new AutoMate-Q40 sample prep workbench is becoming available and I can now provide some…


New Sample Preparation System from Teledyne Tekmar

On the 30th of September, at the AOAC meeting in Las Vegas, Teledyne Tekmar launched a brand new chromatography sample…


Workshop Week – Taste & Odour Using Twister

Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction has a number of unique and highly desirable characteristics: It is simple to use. It can…


Partners Needed – Solid Phase Extraction Project

We are busy developing a simple, high-reliability, Solid Phase Extraction system, based upon the GERSTEL MPS platform, primarily (but not…


Sulphur Detection without the Hassle

    OI Analytical Pulsed Flame Photometric Detector The OI Analytical Pulsed Flame Photometric Detector (PFPD) is generally acknowledged to…


Paris with a Twist

Dan, David and Jeff in the Paris sunshine Opportunities to spend a day in the company of a World-renowned expert…


Combating the Crud

Following on from my earlier post concerning the better ways of working with high matrix samples, I came upon an article on…


A Fresh Approach to Sample Evaporation

I am pleased to say that this week we launch the GERSTEL mVap for sale in the UK. mVap is an accessory…


Chromatography Sample Preparation Workshops

Here is our outline schedule of chromatography sample preparation workshops for the next 12 months. These one-day workshops are hosted in our Cambridge laboratory…


Better Ways to Work High Matrix Samples

  Agilent GC-QQQ With ALEX for Automated Liner Exchange The current generation of GC-triple quadrupole mass spectrometers, provides a great…


Anatune Makes its Mark at Focus

Last week, the Association of Clinical Biochemists (ACB) held an event in Liverpool called FOCUS, which is their annual conference and exhibition….


Why You Must Know about Fully Evaporative Dynamic Headspace

Over the last few months, Fully Evaporative Dynamic Headspace Sampling (DHS (FET)) has been gaining the attention of many people. DHS (FET)…


9 Reasons to Attend the Anatune Conference this Year

Meet to exchange experience and ideas with analytical scientists who are making automated sample preparation work for them. Find out…


Measuring Diacetyl in Air with 2,4 DNPH Tubes

Last week, we organised a couple of “Technology Days” so that we could show customers some of our newest offerings…


My Trip to Japan to Learn Selectable 1D/2D-GC/MS

Mount F Written by Paul Roberts, Anatune’s Application Laboratory Manager. I recently visited GERSTEL KK in Tokyo to learn about…


Getting to Lower Detection Limits with Headspace Sampling

My previous post distinguished itself by generating by far the biggest response of any blog post I have yet written. Evidently,…


8 Ways to Increase the Sensitivity of Headspace Sampling

Of late, we have had a steady stream of people asking us how to get more sensitivity from headspace sampling. In most…


Anatune Moving House

We are moving to our new building in Cambridge over the weekend of 3rd/4th March. You can find our new address,…


Automation in the Chromatography Laboratory – Call for Posters

June 12 & 13th 2012, Down Hall near London Stansted Airport. The conference programme for our this popular event is now virually complete….


Flavour, Fragrance & Odour Analyisis – Useful New Book

Flavor, Fragrance & Odor Analysis edited by Ray Marsili Ray Marsili, head of the Marsili Consulting Group has compiled and…


Workshops: Analysing Taste, Aroma and Malodours

Taste and odour – vital to product quality We are holding a series of one-day workshops introducing the GERSTEL 1D/2D…


Automation in the Chromatography Laboratory 2012

Down Hall Country House Hotel This conference will be held on 12th & 13th June 2012 at the beautiful Down…


Automated Analysis of Formaldehyde in Air

Last week, we made a excellent progress on this project and Dan Carrier now has the unpainted prototype instrument up and running in…


Sample Derivatisation – the (Very Strong) Case for Automation

We were discussing sample derivatisation this week and Andrew Golby summed up his experience (and that of many other analysts) as follows:…


Formaldehyde in Air Automation – Project Update

Project Update A few months ago I issued an invitation for, anyone with an interest, to be involved in a new…


Fully Automated GC/MS Determination of Amino Acids

Wow! How did we miss this one? Dr. Katja Dettmer of the University of Regensburg, Institute of Functional Genomics wrote…


“Can you take a quick look and tell me what’s in this?”

How many times have you been asked that question? Assuming the “what” is a small organic molecule, then GC-MS is…


Simple, Inexpensive and Novel Sample Preparation for LC-MS

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

  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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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


Ray’s Round-Up

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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


Labratory Evaluation of ATOMX Purge & Trap System

I Just thought I’d share with you my recent experience with the Teledyne Tekmar ATOMX. The Purge and Trap market…


A New Automated Approach for Testing Contaminated Soil?

Earlier I mentioned that we had developed a new Robotic Centrifuge which we had used in the development of our…


How you can Benefit from Anatune’s Application Laboratory

As technical director at Anatune my remit is to keep a watchful eye on the needs and wants of analytical…


Automating QuEChERS for Pesticide Residues

I was recently at the European Pesticide Residues Workshop, held this year in Strasbourg. I was invited along by Gerstel…


Time to Change the Way you Extract Water Samples?

If you are an environmental analyst workin with GC-MS, sample preparation by solid phase extraction is an attractive alternative to…


PAHs from Soil

I’ve been working on the extraction of PAHs from soils again this week. We have a fairly crude method whereby…


Automating Chromatography Method Development

The GERSTEL MPS PrepStation isn’t just our most important product, it is also a vital tool for our own laboratory…


Clinical Vitamin D Method Development

So I’ve been working on the Vitamin D methodology this week, we are almost ready to start demoing the system…


New LC-MS Hardware…

…So Agilent were here at the end of last week and the beginning of this one, fitting the turbo pump…


My Blog Initiation

So this is my first Anatune blog entry and actually my first ever blog entry too, nothing like being thrown…


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