The Secret Decoder Ring for GC Method Development and Optimization

The Secret Decoder Ring for GC Method Development and Optimization

Miles Snow

Course: SC035

1/2 Day Course

Intermediate Level

Wednesday: 03/20/2019

Petroleum Analysis, Environmental Analysis, Food, Gas Chromatography, Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, Water-Wastewater

$475 – laptop required

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Course Description

Gas Chromatography column selection and optimization can be overwhelming. The presenter will teach techniques how to convert this complexity of hundreds of different columns into a mere handful that can be used to select GC columns from virtually any vendor. The second portion of the course will focus on strategies to speed up your analysis significantly with the goal of maintaining minimum target analyte separation.

The course is focused on visual representations/concepts without the use of advanced mathematics.

Target Audience

Target Audience is GC lab technicians and GC method development scientists would would like to better understand GC column selection and optimization. Why are we using column “X”? How can we improved our analysis time without compromising quality? If you are asking these type of questions, this course will be able to help.

Course Outline

-the ABC of Gas Chromatography
-The “secret decoder ring” of GC analysis
-Column dimensions and their effect
-Software exercise on performance vs column dimensions to help learn the above concepts.
-Column phase chemistry, how to condense and compare.
-strategies for analysis optimization.
-Exercise to help reinforce optimization strategies.

Instructor Biography

My education in chemistry started when I was 7 years of age, but did not really start seriously until I hit the ripe old age of 8. What started my journey was when my grandmother gave me a copy of The Essentials of Chemistry by Graham and Cragg printed in 1956. The image of the laboratory production of HCl on page 177 is still burnt into my memory. Working as a lab technician during my high school years inspired me but the real fun began when I started my undergraduate degree in the late 70’s working with both chromatography and spectroscopic techniques. While in graduate school in the mid 80’s, I had the opportunity to build my first GC complete with microprocessor controlled oven ramping and data collection and it worked!!! After graduating, I accepted a position as a Senior Analytical Chemist in an environmental contract lab for a few years until I joined PerkinElmer’s field operations in 1990; supporting internal and external customer’s GC application needs. My current position as Principal Application Scientist started in 2012 focusing both on applications and hardware development with over 10 patents. During my hundreds of lectures, presentations and workshops, I strive to explain advanced concepts with visual aids and analogies.