Restek’s Mike Shuey Earns 2016 ESOP Outstanding Chapter Officer Award

shuey_award_twitter_dknMike Shuey, Restek’s International Customer Service Supervisor, received the 2016 ESOP Outstanding Chapter Officer Award at The ESOP Association (TEA) Awards Banquet earlier this year. Mike was selected from a field of over 100 ESOP chapter officers for his significant contributions to TEA. As PA/DE chapter officer, Mike leads the legislative advocacy committee, manages the chapter advocacy web site, and coordinates ESOP education not only for other chapter members but also for members of Congress. He is also responsible for generating legislative officer goals for the year and seeing they are met to the best of his ability. Mike takes great pride in being a part of legislative efforts to support and educate our representatives to keep our ESOP benefits in place and is proud of Restek’s grass roots efforts to show the nation that our ESOP model works and is a positive business strategy for the success of our country.

Restek’s Jaap de Zeeuw to Present at Food Science 2016 in Singapore

Jaap de Zeeuw

Jaap de Zeeuw

On November 16–17, Separation Science will again host Food Science 2016 in Singapore. This world-class international conference and exhibition covers key food analysis topics including safety, traceability, authenticity, and ingredients analysis. Restek invites you to attend the show at a special discounted rate. In addition to Jaap de Zeeuw’s presentation, you may attend over 30 other talks on food analysis, quality, and safety.

To secure your discounted rate, register here using RESTEKSAVER as the promo code.

While you’re the Food 2016 conference, be sure to stop by Booth 112 and visit your local Restek representative, Lab Science Solution. There will be games, giveaways, and information on Restek products and solutions!


Oral Presentation

Wednesday, November 16
Reduce Analysis Time and Optimize GC Separations in Food Analysis, while Maintaining the Same Peak Elution Order: A New Free Software Tool in GC—the EZGC Method Translator

Jaap de Zeeuw, Restek Corporation

In gas chromatography, there is often a need to optimize separations using different column dimensions, linear gas velocities, detectors, or carrier gases. If you want to get the same peak elution order (same chromatogram), you must make sure that the elution temperatures of the components are kept the same. This can only be done by using a different oven temperature program. To calculate this program, there are free calculation programs available on the web. In this course, we will discuss the details of method conversion using Restek’s EZGC method translator so that you get the same chromatograms with the new method. The course will also cover how existing separations can easily be checked and corrected for optimal separation.


Poster Presentations

Shoot-and-Dilute GC-MS/MS: Use of Split Injection for Pesticide Residue Screening to Prolong GC Inlet Liner and Column Performance

 Jaap de Zeeuw, Julie Kowalski, and Jack Cochran, Restek Corporation

 Shoot-and-dilute GC-MS/MS uses split injection for GC paired with a very sensitive triple quadrupole mass spectrometer. Split injection can alleviate matrix-related issues that occur at the GC inlet and column. There are well-known problems associated with splitless injection of dirty samples, most notably compound degradation and drastic response changes. This can occur very quickly with real samples, sometimes with a single injection of a particularly dirty sample. Inlet and column maintenance are needed to restore instrument performance resulting in instrument downtime. An easy way to mitigate these problems is to use split injection when possible. That is, if the limit of detection and limit of quantitation requirements are achievable using split injections at ratios of 10:1 or greater. Increased flow through the GC inlet with split injection minimizes residence time inside the inlet liner. This decreases compound degradation and maintains acceptable data quality longer, especially during dirty sample analyses.

In addition to the benefits described above, the GC oven start temperature can be higher, thus reducing overall analysis time as well as the time needed to re-equilibrate the oven. Also, split injection of the common QuEChERS solvent, acetonitrile, is easily accommodated on a nonpolar 5-type GC column, allowing symmetrical peak shapes of early eluting compounds like methamidophos, dichlorvos, and acephate. This eliminates the need for extensive initial oven temperature optimization or time-consuming solvent exchange.

Shoot-and-dilute GC-MS/MS was tested for multiclass pesticides and compared with a splitless injection method. Split injection and the initial GC oven temperature parameters were optimized. Viability of split injection based on detectability of over 200 analytes was determined in QuEChERS-prepared green bell pepper, celery, and orange. Green bell pepper cleanup using dispersive SPE without graphitized carbon black sorbent was less than ideal with a relatively high level of chlorophyll remaining in the sample, which severely stressed GC inlet performance for splitless work while the split method was much more robust. Ruggedness of split and splitless methods was evaluated by comparing average response factors and corresponding %RSDs and by showing chromatographic performance differences, especially for compounds that show degradation products.


Wool Packing or No Wool Packing in a Splitless GC Inlet Liner–Which is better for Pesticide Analysis? A Case Study with a QuEChERS Strawberry Extract

 Jaap de Zeeuw and Jack Cochran, Restek Corporation

 Pesticide chemists usually avoid glass wool packing for splitless injection GC because sometimes lower responses are seen for active or thermally unstable pesticides (e.g., carbaryl, DDT, iprodione, etc.) However, properly deactivated quartz wool is not only a valuable protector of the GC column from nonvolatile “dirt,” but it also offers increased responses for pesticides because it stops them from hitting the bottom seal in a typical GC inlet where they can be lost or degraded.

This study compared GC-MS response factors for a group of pesticides ranging in volatility and class (organochlorine, organonitrogen, organophosphorus, carbamate, and pyrethroid) that were fortified into a QuEChERS strawberry extract. The extract was then splitless injected into single taper liners with wool and without wool. The initial response factors were higher for the wool-packed inlet liner versus the liner without wool. After 60 analyses of strawberry extract on each liner, some of the more difficult pesticides showed lower response factors on both liner types, but overall the wool-packed liner still showed higher response factors than the liner with no wool.

A final part of the study compared response factors for deactivated quartz wool liner packing to deactivated borosilicate wool liner packing. Deactivated quartz wool was significantly better for analyzing dimethoate, chlorothalonil, carbaryl, methiocarb, dicofol, and deltamethrin.

For more event information, visit the Food Science 2016 conference page.





Visit Us at Gulf Coast 2016 and Attend Our Restek/Shimadzu Petrochem GC Applications Workshop

Restek’s Jan Pijpelink and Shimadzu’s Jeff Werner will provide a workshop overview of various petroleum applications using gas chromatography at the 2016 Gulf Coast Conference on Wednesday, October 12. Covered topics include simulated distillation (SimDist), refinery gas analysis, detailed hydrocarbon analysis (DHA), various gasoline applications and light hydrocarbon analysis as well as a new analysis for methanol in natural gas and LPG. Shimadzu gas chromatographs in combination with dedicated Restek columns are designed, tested, and guaranteed for the applications you run.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., Room 381 B
Restek/Shimadzu Petrochem GC Applications Workshop

Presenters: Jan Pijpelink1; Jeff Werner2

  1. Restek Corporation, 2. Shimadzu Corporation

Register at:

In addition to attending our workshop, you’ll also want to stop by booth 504 and be sure to catch our presentations as well. You can find abstracts and times here:

For more information about the 2016 Gulf Coast Conference, visit

Restek’s Jack Cochran Invited to Speak at Dioxin 2016 Firenze

Jack CochranThe 36th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (Dioxin 2016) takes place from August 28 to September 2, 2016 in Florence, Italy. Among many outstanding Restek colleagues and partners, our own Jack Cochran is an invited speaker for the Thermo Fisher Scientific Dioxins & POPs seminars:

Front End Alignment, It’s Not Just for Automobiles: Optimizing the GC for GC-MS Analysis of Environmental Compounds
Session: Dioxins & POPs: Discover the Most Comprehensive GC-MS Portfolio and Complete Analysis Workflows
Sunday, August 28, 13:30–17:00
Sala Onice | Firenze Fiera – Congress and Exhibition Center | Piazza Adua, 1 – 50123 Firenze
Jack Cochran, Restek Corporation

Jack is also presenting during Thursday’s abstract session:

Gas Chromatography – Atmospheric Pressure Ionization Mass Spectrometry with Helium and Nitrogen Carrier Gases for Fast Analysis of Brominated Diphenyl Ethers
Session: New Methods of Analysis
Thursday, September 1, 10:45–11:00, Michelangelo Auditorium
Jack Cochran, Restek Corporation

Jack Cochran is a recognized expert in GC and GCxGC for the analysis of pesticides and priority pollutants in food, soils, sediments, air, water, and other matrices. He uses his years of real-world experience in method development, sample preparation, and analysis to help chromatographers worldwide and is still a “hands on” scientist, spending as much time in the laboratory as possible. His presentation at Dioxin 2016 is sure to be valuable for attendees.

For more information, feel free to contact Jack directly at  You can also visit the Dioxin 2016 website at or their Facebook page at

Restek Graduates Another LCC Student.


Sara with her son, Caleb, at LCC graduation

Congratulations to Sara Eyster on joining a long list of Leadership Centre County (LCC) alumni from Restek! Sara has been with Restek for nearly 14 years, and in her current position as a Quality Systems Administrator III, she helps to ensure ISO control and the product quality that you’ve come to rely on from Restek as part of her document control, internal auditing, and vendor auditing responsibilities.

Like Restek, LCC is dedicated to the concept of “servant leadership” and educates participants regarding the needs, available services, strengths, opportunities, and current issues in the Centre County community. Community leaders share their experiences with LCC students to improve their skills in order to increase the county leadership pool with people who are well-informed, networked, and qualified to lead. As evidence of the program’s value, several Restek-sponsored LCC graduates have gone on to leadership positions within Restek. For more information on LCC go to