Sample Preparation Articles

  • Return on Investment Using MANTECH Multi-Parameter Analysis Systems - Case Study

    Since 2008 Eurofins has been using MANTECH systems at various facilities around the world. Their first system ran 200,000 samples in five years. The unit analyzed 7 different parameters per sample and operated 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. This generated €5,000,000 in revenue. Their initial investment was €60,000. The system discussed in this case study analyses pH, conductivity, ...


    By MANTECH

  • Cleaning without material loss

    Cleaning without material loss: Hydraulic Easy Cleaning-Construction reduces cleaning of the Single-shaft shredder and facilitates work processes Many materials have to be comminuted before further processing - this includes different chips and stamped parts made of plastic and metal, but also valuable precious metals such as gold and silver as well as laboratory samples. In this process, a part ...

  • Tandem LA-LIBS – All in One Solid Sample Analyzer

    Dr. Rick Russo, Executive Chairman of Applied Spectra and a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, shares his thoughts on shifting trend in the world of chemical analysis towards reducing sample preparation and direct solid analysis instrumentation with higher detection sensitivity and expanded elemental coverage. In this ...


    By Applied Spectra, Inc.

  • Influence of the Stirring Mechanism on the Precision of the Fusion for VITRIOX GAS and ELECTRIC

    Introduction Homogenization of the melt is an important aspect of sample preparation for X-ray fluorescence analysis using fusion. Whether the fused bead breaks or remains mechanically stable after cooling, depends largely on the homogenization. Once a stable fused bead has been obtained, it is only possible to judge if the sample is truly homogeneously dissolved in the flux by way of ...


    By Fluxana GmbH Co. KG

  • Case study - Lafourche Parish Louisiana Sheriff’s department work release program

    A number of years ago the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Department, State of Louisiana, instituted a new program to assist prisoners nearing release to transition back into society. This vehicle requires that inmates pay for their room and board while they learn work skills in industries, such as, shipbuilding, oil field services, food preparation, kitchen management and municipal ...


    By Reliant Water Technologies

  • Rethinking micropollutant removal assessment methods for wastewater treatment plants – how to get more robust data?

    This paper covers the pitfalls, recommendations and a new methodology for assessing micropollutant removal efficiencies in wastewater treatment plants. The proposed calculation rules take into account the limit of quantification and the analytical and sampling uncertainty of measured concentrations. We identified six cases for which a removal efficiency value is reliable and four other cases ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A Faster and Better FluidScan with Version 5

    Measure water contamination in turbine oils down to 300 ppm The latest version of FluidScan software can detect total water presence as low as 300 ppm in turbine oils.  The method provides an alternative to laboratory tests such as Karl Fischer titration when fast, simple, and reagent-free analysis is needed. In addition to measuring water contamination, the FluidScan ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Determination of Selected ASTM Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) Using LC-MS/MS

    ASTM methods D7968-14 and D7979-15 are used to determine the same list of PFCs but in different matrices. ASTM method D7968-14 lists soil as a matrix while ASTM method 7979-15 lists water, sludge, influent, effluent and waste water as matrix options. These methods use different extraction techniques but both evaluate the samples by liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS). We ...

  • Monitoring once through cooling water - Case study

    The Situation Power plants and paper mills use service water loops and mill water loops respectively for the cooling of lubricating, hydraulic, turbine and transformer oil.  These cooling systems feature large, recirculating volumes of water which are treated with biocides, dispersants, and corrosion inhibitors. By comparison, refineries often ...

  • Changing the Rules with Mass Detection

    How simplified detectors can provide mass data for every analytical run and speed up method development With access to multiple mass spectrometry systems of varying degrees of sophistication, Davy Guillarme (University of Geneva, Switzerland) wasn’t actively looking for new mass detection solutions. Nevertheless, the Waters ACQUITY QDa mass detector caught his eye. Why? Because it opens a ...


    By Waters Corporation

  • Preparation of mesoporous TiO2 with enhanced photocatalytic activity towards tannery wastewater degradation

    Ordered mesoporous TiO2 materials are successfully synthesized via a sol-gel route using butyl titanate as a precursor and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate surfactants as soft templates. The as-prepared TiO2 samples possess a relatively high surface area of 40.03 m2/g and the center of pore diameter distribution of 13.04 nm. They exhibit excellent ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Enhanced adsorption removal of anionic dyes via a facile preparation of amino-functionalized magnetic silica

    A novel amino-functionalized magnetic silica (Fe3O4@SiO2-NH2) was easily prepared via a one-step method integrating the immobilization of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane with a sol-gel process of tetraethyl orthosilicate into a single process. This showed significant improvement in the adsorption capacity of anionic dyes. The product ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Analysis of Trace Elements in Water by EPA Method 200.8 using ICP Mass Spectrometry

    This application note describes the methodology and use of the Shimadzu ICPMS-2030 ICP mass spectrometer for the analysis of trace elements in drinking and fresh waters following the EPA 200.8 method. This method is also used for analysis of wastewater. In-line addition of internal standards to calibration and unknown samples was accomplished using the Shimadzu Internal Standard Addition ...

  • Some notes about Fats and Oils in Food and about FAME and FAMEWAX

    In Europe, the last transition periods named in REGULATION (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers are running out on Dec. 13th, 2016. Since then, a nutrition declaration is mandatory for nearly all packed food in Europe, wherein the amounts of fat, saturates, carbohydrate, sugars, protein and salt have to be included. The content of the mandatory nutrition ...


    By Restek Corporation

  • The productive environmental laboratory: BSK Labs boosts efficiency with Metrohm IC

    BSK Labs runs a number of environmental laboratories and service centers along the west coast of the US. A total of 70 employees – including microbiologists, chemists, lab technicians, and support staff – make sure that the 200 to 350 samples that come in every week are analyzed. BSK Labs specializes in potable water chemistry, ground water monitoring, storm water runoff, solid waste ...


    By Metrohm AG

  • Webinar Highlights: Microfluidics for macromolecules

    Hi, I’m Jim Murphy, Principal Consulting Chemist at Waters, and I recently collaborated with Lucinda (Cohen) Hittle to present an exciting webinar on the use of microflow chromatography for macromolecules.  Lucinda, a Director of Discovery Bioanalytics at Merck, presented an overview of the use of LC-MS for peptide analysis along with various case studies for in vitro and in vivo ...


    By Waters Corporation

  • Case study - TPH in produced sand for overboard discharge

    Customer uses TD-500D to measure TPH concentrations in produced sand on an offshore oil platform in Malaysia.  The sand contains high levels of crude oils and must be treated on-site prior to dumping it overboard.  The TD-500D was calibrated to Sitelab's TPH calibration kit, product CAL-056.  Methanol solvent was used to extract the samples.  For comparison, samples were also ...


    By Sitelab Corporation

  • Microflow LC offers better sensitivity due to reduced matrix effects!

    What is matrix effect? In my last post, What is Microflow,  I talked about two main parameters,  better sampling efficiency and reduced matrix effect, for microflow LC/MS offering higher sensitivity than its conventional counterpart. Let’s take a close look at the matrix effect. It is a result of ...


    By Waters Corporation

  • Method Scaling in Preparative HPLC: Analytical Method & Preparative Method

    VOC:  “I tried to scale up my analytical HPLC method to prep and it didn’t work.” Andy:  This is one of the most common things we hear from chemists wanting to do preparative chromatography. We also hear the following question pretty often too: VOC:  “I have a good analytical HPLC method, how do I scale it to ...


    By Waters Corporation

  • Detailed characterisation of essential oils by flow-modulated GC×GC and Tandem Ionisation mass spectrometry

    Volatile oils of plants, also known as essential oils, have been used for many years for their flavour, fragrance and medicinal properties. However, their extreme complexity and diversity presents analysts with a significant challenge when it comes to quality control. They are generally composed of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, as well as their oxygenated derivatives, such as aliphatic ...


    By SepSolve Analytical

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