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October 18, 2012
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HPLC 2013
LCGC presents a preview of HPLC 2013 to be held June 16–20 in Amsterdam. The conference will cover the latest developments in high performance liquid chromatography and complementary separation techniques such as capillary electrophoresis, field-flow fractionation, and supercritical fluid chromatography.
Convert to Hydrogen as a Carrier Gas
The global shortage of helium has caused prices to increase significantly. Many GC users are considering switching to hydrogen as a carrier gas. Hydrogen provides many advantages over helium including, higher resolution, shorter run times, longer column life, and cost savings. Many instrument manufacturers now provide resources to make switching carrier gas easier. This How To Guide will take you through the steps necessary to convert from helium to hydrogen as a carrier gas for Gas Chromatography. Click here.
Featured News

Analysis of the State of the Art: Gas Chromatography Column Technology
Experts share their thoughts on advances and improvements in GC column technology in the last decade.
The Essential Guide from LCGC's CHROMacademy presents the definitive guide in translating your GC methods for use with Hydrogen Carrier. In this session, Dr. John Hinshaw (Senior Scientist , BPL Global Ltd) and Tony Taylor (Technical Director, Crawford Scientific) consider the impact of the global issues with Helium supply on Gas Chromatography methods.
World's Largest Pharmaceutical Chromatography Plant To Be Built in Europe
Novasep (Pompey, France) will invest €30 million into the construction of the world’s largest pharmaceutical chromatography plant.
New LC Purification Solution
How can purity and yield be optimized with one LC system? Mining and enrichment in discovery are demanding tasks. Isolating product-related impurities or developing efficient purification processes can also be very laborious. The new lab-scale gradient-capable purification solution Contichrom® can ease the pain. It supports up-scaling from batch to continuous LC, allowing 50% higher yields and purity and up to 10 times more throughput. Learn more.
Sigma Aldrich Recognized For Climate Change Disclosure
Sigma Aldrich (Missouri, USA) has been recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) (England, UK) for its approach to the disclosure of climate change information.
LCMS & HPLC assistance online
A new support website for HPLC and other separations issues has been launched. Product related and non-product related information is provided in this easy to use site dedicated to FAQ, "How To", "HPLC Tips and Tricks" as well as some online tools for laboratories. Available 24/7, you can access this MicroSolv resource at
Featured News

Market Profile: The Analytical and Life Science Instrumentation Industry
The last five years were somewhat tumultuous times for instrument companies. From 2006 through 2008, the market grew rapidly, fueled by proteomics, metabolomics, biomarker research, and other life science applications.
Proven Quality, Superior Cleanliness, and Method-specific Performance
Resprep®solid phase extraction (SPE) tubes are manufactured with specially cleaned sorbents and high-purity plastics to minimize background and help eliminate troublesome interference. In order to ensure reproducibility, every finished product goes through rigorous QC testing, targeted to specific applications whenever possible, and an extensive certificate of analysis details the results. Learn more.
Featured Products

Core Enhanced Technology™
Thermo Scientific™ Accucore™ XL HPLC columns
• 4 µm solid core particles for all users
• Same system, same method, better results
• Robustness, speed and ease of use
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ViscoStar™ Differential Viscometer Detector
Wyatt Technology’s ViscoStar™ viscometer, is an on-line chromatography detector for determining specific and intrinsic viscosities. The ViscoStar has at least 2X the signal-to-noise of any product available on the market as well as a proprietary Transducer Protection System (TPS) that prevents accidental damage to sensitive transducer membranes.Read more.
Recent discussions on CHROMmunity, a Forum and Networking Site for Chromatographers
Is HILIC a type of normal phase chromatography?
Join in the conversation. Free Registration.>>
Upcoming Webcasts

Seminar 3: 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).
HRMS in High Throughput Regulated Bioanalysis
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
9:00 AM EDT; 15:00 CEST
This webinar will walk attendees through the value of high resolution mass spectrometry as an alternative approach to achieving highly selective, quantitative data in regulated bioanalytical workflows.
Maximize Laboratory Productivity Using Streamlined Gas Chromatography Workflows that Automate Sample Preparation, Injection, and Data Acquisition
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
11:00 AM EST; 8:00 AM PST
True laboratory productivity is only achieved by integrating the capabilities of a chromatography data system that controls multiple hardware platforms, and offers powerful data processing tools, with the recent improvements in GC instrumentation design that extend the capabilities of GC laboratories. In this webinar, we present new methodologies for tailoring the software and hardware configuration to the application. These streamlined environmental and petrochemical workflows automate sample preparation and all the software operations, such as integration, calibrations, and calculations to deliver ease-of-use and laboratory productivity.
Editors' Series: UHPLC: Where We Might Go
Thursday, November 8, 2012
11:00 AM EST; 8:00 AM PST
Ultrahigh-pressure liquid chromatography (UHPLC) columns today are 5 to 15 cm long, packed with sub-2-micron particles, and operated with upper pressure limits of 15,000 to 18,000 psi. In comparison to HPLC, current UHPLC instrumentation has emphasized separation speed over separation efficiency. Analysis times are often 3 to 5 times faster in UHPLC, while separation efficiencies are generally comparable to or somewhat higher than HPLC.
Multidimensional and Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography—Methods and Applications
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
2:00 PM EST; 11:00 AM PST
This presentation will review a number of the approaches available to bring innovative methods to the field of MDGC and GCxGC, discuss interpretation of some of these, and finally complete the tour of MDGC with selected applications.
Series: Increasing the Scope of your Analytical Toolbox with UltraPerformance Convergence Chromatography (UPCÂ2)
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
9:00 AM EST; 15:00 (GMT + 1)
Do you know what your next sample will be? Could it be hydrophobic, hydrophilic, volatile, non-volatile or chiral? Are you being challenged to reduce toxic solvent waste and go green? Which technique will you choose from your analytical toolbox to get the best possible separation? In this webcast series, we’ll discuss how analytical laboratories can benefit from UltraPerformance Convergence Chromatography™ (UPC²™) a new category of separation science that provides an exponential increase in performance and selectivity to the chromatographic laboratory.
Upcoming Events

21–24 October
4th International Conference on Polyolefin Characterization
Houston, Texas
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30 October–7 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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