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October 4, 2012
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Featured Article

Analysis of the State of the Art: Liquid Chromatography Column Technology
LCGC asked a panel of experts for their views on the current state and likely future developments of LC columns. Here's what they said about the size superficially porous particles, high-pressure operation, stationary-phase chemistries, monoliths, the future of MS detection, new particle technologies, and more.
Automated Direct to Vial Concentration and Evaporation is now available in many formats.
The new FMS SuperVap family are standalone automated waterless concentration/evaporation systems and are available in many vessel sizes 250ml, 60ml, 50ml, 40ml, 20ml, 2ml and 4ml to meet all of the laboratories needs. The SuperVap replaces older techniques and instruments such as KD, nitrogen blow down, water baths, rotary evaporators and automate existing manual evaporation/concentration processes by concentrating directly into a vial for final analysis. The concentration process is performed automatically and unattended producing excellent precision and recoveries in minutes. The SuperVap Automated Concentration System is built by design to simplify, improve and increase your productivity, lowering your labor costs and reduces errors. Click here for more information.
To the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Other Issues to Consider in GC
Following the publication of “Analysis of the State of the Art: GC Instrumentation” in the August 2012 issue of LCGC, a reader notes further factors to consider, including poor user training, unanswered questions in fast GC, and the need for further instrument improvements, particularly better deactivation of the internal surfaces to minimize loss of trace samples.
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.
Featured News

Phenomenex Create New Company
Phenomenex (Torrance, California) has announced the creation of a new company – Phenova, Inc. – the culmination of the integration and expansion of Colorado-based Wibby Environmental.
Designed for long life.
How old can a HPLC column get? It's natural to think it depends on how wide the pH variations are or how high the temperature gets. But even under such tough conditions, Kromasil Eternity, with its organic/inorganic interfacial gradient covering the silica matrix, lives longer than other silica based columns.
Check our website for current availability of phases and column sizes of Kromasil Eternity:
Agilent Acquire Aurora SFC Systems
Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, California) has announced that it has purchased the supercritical fluid chromatography company Aurora SFC Systems, Inc (Redwood, California).
Advanced Solutions Seminar for Nutraceutical Analysis
Join leaders in chromatography and elemental analysis as they highlight technologies to optimize nutraceutical processes at our free seminar. Featured applications will cover strategies to determine and improve the quality of ingredients, from raw materials to finished goods. From dietary supplements to botanical extracts, we have solutions that can help you save time and money in the lab. Register and learn more at
A Short Introduction to Multidimensional GC
Multidimensional gas chromatography (GC) is now an established technique for the analysis of complex samples in application areas such as petrochemistry, metabolomics, environmental, and flavor and fragrance science.
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.
Fishy Tale
Scientists at The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole, Massachusetts) have developed a unique method of quantifying fish movements within tropical marine eco systems.
Recent discussions on CHROMmunity, a Forum and Networking Site for Chromatographers
Helium Shortage
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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. Learn more
Upcoming Webcasts

Shorten Time from Sample to Report: Run more samples faster with sustained sensitivity
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
1:00 PM EDT
Introducing an innovative new triple quadrupole system for sustained high-sensitivity, quantitative analysis. With Bruker's new EVOQ, analysts can rapidly quantify thousands of samples in the fastest sample-to-report possible. With the EVOQ's improved capacity utilization, you can run more samples, spend less time cleaning the instrument, and shorten the time taken from sample to report.
ID and Quant for Proteomics with MaXis impact
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
9:00am EST/15:00 CEST
This event will discuss the use of the latest-generation instruments for both discovery and validation steps. The audience will find out how the combined advances in dynamic range, resolution and acquisition speed permit the use of Data Independent Analysis methods that enable users to avoid the tedious acquisition method design, and how the seamless integration with the latest data processing software enables rapid data valuation and reporting.
Trace Analysis of Pharmaceutical Pollutants and their Transformation Products in Wastewater
Thursday, October 11, 2012
2:00 PM EDT
This presentation will focus on the applications of liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry on the analysis of pharmaceutical contaminants in the influent and effluent of wastewater treatment systems. It is also intended to provide an overview on the advances in analytical instrumentation for improved detection of trace pharmaceuticals in wastewater, and specific strategies to facilitate identification of unknown contaminants in environmental samples in general.
"Live Lab" Direct Sample Analysis - Webcast Series Part 3
Monday, October 15, 2012
11:00 AM EDT
PerkinElmer’s® “Live Lab” Web series will demonstrate the power of its new AxION® DSA™ (Direct Sample Analysis™) system. This less than 30-minute event includes a brief technology overview with focus on a unique benefit of the DSA. Then visit the “Live Lab” to see the AxION DSA in action, where a sample chosen from a live attendee poll will be run through the system.
Tips and Tricks for Screening Unknown Contaminants in Food: Incorporating High Resolution Mass Spec (HRMS) in a Routine Food Testing Lab
Wednesdsay, October 17, 2012
1:00 PM EDT
This webcast will feature technical speakers from Phenomenex and AB SCIEX discussing tips and tricks for food laboratory scientists and method development chemists looking to establish routine workflows for true unknown contaminant screening in food samples using high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS). The speakers will discuss sample preparation approaches and HPLC column selection to cover a wide range of compound polarities, solubilities, and molecular weights, while also discussing how high resolution mass spectrometry, and high resolution MS/MS (MRMHR), can be incorporated in a routine testing lab for true unknown screening workflows.
Comprehensive Analysis of Wine - from test to taste
Thursday, October 18, 2012
9:00 AM EDT; 15:00 CEST
This seminar will bring you inside the daily life of a state-of-the-art, high throughput wine analysis lab. You'll get many valuable insigths in the current and future trends for both wine safety and quality. In fact, wine analysis requires the integration of many different techniques: gas and liquid chromatography, spectroscopy and mass spectrometry among others.
Upcoming Events

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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31 October–1 November
FoodLytica 2012
New Delhi, India
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7–8 November
Lab Innovations 2012
Birmingham, UK
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13 November–6 December
Protein and Peptide Characterization with LC–MS
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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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