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August 2, 2012
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In Memoriam

Professor Walter Goodrich Jennings: A Remembrance
We note here the passing of pioneering American gas chromatographer Walter G. Jennings on July 5, 2012. Walt, as he preferred, died peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was 90 years old.
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Automated Pressurized Liquid Extraction and Concentration.
The FMS PLE is an automated Pressurized Liquid Extraction system for the rapid extraction of a variety of compounds in environmental, biological, food samples and packaging materials. With the PLE, just load solid, semi-solid, or liquid samples into the PLE cells, and go. The entire extraction and concentration process is performed automatically and unattended producing excellent consistent results and high recoveries in minutes for the toughest samples. View the product video
Chromatography Corner

Method Development for Fast Separation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Using Micro-LC - The Importance of the Dwell Volume
This article will shed some light on recent developments of micro-LC and the possibility of applying fast separations while reducing toxic and costly solvent waste.
Featured News

Pittcon Launches Award for Outstanding Laboratory Scientists
The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation (Miami, Florida) has awarded a grant to the Pittcon Conference committee (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) that will enable the conference to provide educational training and development in laboratory services with a special emphasis on resource-limited countries.
NEW 2012 Agilent J&W GC Column Selection Guide
Learn tips for proper column selection, details on method guides, the latest in GC-focused applications as well as detailed product descriptions and attributes for the broadest portfolio of innovative GC columns available in the world.
Supplement Analysis
Methylhexaneamine (MHA) has been in the news recently and it continues to be debated whether it is actually a constituent of geranium. In a comprehensive analysis, a team of scientists has presented evidence that it is not present in the plant in detectable amounts.
5 Years Free Access to CHROMacademy
To show our commitment to learning, we have decided to offer all university students and staff free access to CHROMacademy.  You are the future leaders and innovators of the scientific community, and by offering free access to CHROMacademy we hope to help you realize your potential.  This has been made possible by Agilent Technologies- the world’s premiere measurement company. Read more.
Innovation Center Opens
PerkinElmer, Inc., (Waltham, Massachusetts) has built a personalized health innovation center of excellence. The center will focus on accelerating scientific innovation to help researchers who are working to eradicate disease and extend the quality and length of life.
Inside LCMS - Agilent's new online repository –
Your success depends on the ready availability of up-to-date information. Agilent’s Inside LCMS repository is the first web interface that delivers easy access to all the Agilent LCMS-related publications, with sort, filter and store functionalities that let you build a personal collection.
Agilent Collaborates to Identify Causes of Outbreaks
Agilent (Santa Clara, California), The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the University of California (Davis, California), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced a collaboration to create a public database of 100,000 foodborne pathogen genomes to help speed identification of bacteria responsible for foodborne outbreaks.
CHROMacademy announces the launch of the interactive GC Troubleshooter, sponsored by Thermo Scientific.
Building on the success of our ground breaking HPLC Troubleshooter, we are excited to announce the GC version. In 3 simple steps you will overcome your instrument, separation and quantitation issues. Its completely free - so if you haven't tried our troubleshooter before you're in for a surprise! Test Drive Now.
Featured Products

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ACE® Excel™ UHPLC Columns
ACE Excel columns are designed to take full advantage of low dispersion, ultra-high pressure UPLC and UHPLC instruments.  The introduction of ACE Excel UHPLC columns gives chromatographers more choices to achieve better results with their UPLC and UHPLC instruments. Read more.
Recent discussions on CHROMmunity, a Forum and Networking Site for Chromatographers
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Upcoming Webcasts

Rugged and Sensitive Analysis of Mycotoxins in Food Matrices
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
8:00 AM PDT; 11:00 AM EDT; 15:00 GMT
Mycotoxins are found in a staggering range of matrices, from grains to fruits, spices and nuts to animal feed. They are of major concern for their negative impact on the worldwide economy from product revenue losses, their toxicity to animals and humans, and their persistence throughout multiple food processing steps.
Analytical and Engineering Advances in High Temperature GPC/SEC for Polyolefin Characterization
Thursday, September 6, 2012
9:00 AM EDT; 15:00 CET
In this seminar, the great value of infrared detection as concentration detector for characterization of polyolefins and the synergy as online simultaneous detection of chemical composition will be demonstrated. Real life examples of several GPC/SEC methods with different detection schemes are discussed, from routine to more challenging samples.
Editors' Series: Advances in Nanoscale LC-MS Techniques
Thursday, September 6, 2012
2:00 PM EDT
This talk will address some of the key hurdles to the routine use of nanoLC-MS in the analytical laboratory. Background on the preparation of different nanocolumn stationary phases, plumbing, and connectivity and the variety of commercially available column formats and interfaces will be discussed. In addition, the challenges associated with routine nanoscale LC-MS will be highlighted as well as suggested solutions. The talk will conclude with several applications using nanoscale LC-MS for the analysis of small molecules, proteomics, and oligonucleotides.
Purification of Monoclonal Antibodies Using Various Modes of Analytical Chromatography
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
2:00 PM EDT
HPLC is a powerful and convenient tool for the analysis of mAbs and their isomers and impurities, including aggregates, oligomers, and mAb fragments. This presentation will discuss the use of HPLC columns from various chromatographic modes for the purification, isolation and analysis of mAbs.
Choosing the Correct Sample Prep Technique for Your Sample
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
9:00 AM EDT; 15:00 CEST
In this seminar we will review the benefits, limitations and workflow of common sample prep techniques and provide simple tips and tools that will help aid correct technique selection.
The Growing Relevancy of Sample Preparation in Food and Environmental Monitoring
Thursday, October 25, 2012
9:00 AM EDT; 15:00 CEST
In this seminar we will review the range of SPP techniques and products available for food and environmental matrices, from generic ‘just enough’ to highly selective application specific workflows. Recent applications on emerging contaminants and matrices will be described for a range of techniques including Solid Phase Extraction (SPE), QuEChERS and Supported Liquid Extraction (SLE).

Upcoming Events

12–17 August
XXI International Materials Research Congress (IMRC) 2012
Cancun, Mexico
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27–30 August
12th International Nutritional and Diagnostics Conference 2012 (INDC2012)
Prague, Czech Republic
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9–13 September
29th International Symposium on Chromatography (ISC)
Torun, Poland
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10–12 September
The 2012 Biotech Derived Therapeutics Symposium - Effective Strategies for Problem Solving for Drug Development on a Wide Range of Biopharmaceuticals
Napa, CA
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11–14 September
9th Symposium on the Practical Applications of Mass Spectrometry in the Biotechnology Industry (Mass Spec 2012)
San Diego, CA
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30 September–3 October
International Symposium on Preparative and Industrial Chromatography and Allied Techniques (SPICA 2012)
Brussels, Belgium
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30 September–4 October
CE in the Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Industries: 14th Symposium on the Practical Applications for the Analysis of Proteins, Nucleotides, and Small Molecules
Scottsdale, AZ
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5–9 October
Mass Spectrometry in Food Safety and Quality
Pacific Grove, CA
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15–19 October
22nd Annual Quality Assurance Conference
Dallas, TX
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21–24 October
4th International Conference on Polyolefin Characterization
Houston, Texas
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25–30 November
Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting & Exhibition
Boston, MA
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12–16 January 2013
SLAS2013 2nd Annual Conference & Exhibition
Orlando, FL
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