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Improve Your Linear Alpha Olefins (LAO) Impurity Analysis with Restek’s New Rxi-LAO GC Columns


Specifically applicated for linear alpha olefins (LAO) impurity analysis, Restek’s new Rxi-LAO GC columns provide accurate analysis of LAO compounds including 1-butene, 1-hexene, and 1-octene. Combining a stationary phase with a unique selectivity and an optimal, one-column method, these new columns help labs improve their LAO analysis by increasing system uptime and sample throughput.

Rxi-LAO columns are defined by four key features:

  • Unique selectivity enables high resolution of impurities from peaks of interest for excellent data quality.
  • One-column method reduces instrument setup and analysis time, resulting in fast, accurate, and complete analysis.
  • Application-specific column dimensions increase sample throughput.
  • Pro EZGC chromatogram modeler libraries simplify analysis optimization.

A GC Column Applicated for Linear Alpha Olefins Analysis

Restek’s Rxi-LAO columns are the first GC columns specifically applicated for the impurity analysis of linear alpha olefins. Our unique selectivity achieves high resolution of impurities from peaks of interest, ensuring these new columns provide labs with the separation power needed for LAO impurity analysis (Figures 1 and 2).

Figure 1: The unique selectivity of Rxi-LAO columns provides high resolution of impurities from peaks of interest in the analysis of 1-Hexene.



Figure 2: Rxi-LAO columns reliably separate 1-Octene from impurities.


An LAO Workhorse: Increased Uptime and Increased Sample Throughput with a Single Column

As worldwide demand for polyethylene increases, so does the pressure on labs performing LAO impurity analysis. These labs need their GC columns to do more—accuracy isn’t enough: their columns need to be dependable and fast.

Rxi-LAO columns achieve high selectivity for liner alpha olefins impurities while requiring only a one-column method, resulting in substantial benefits compared to two-column or even current one-column methods. To help meet the needs of different labs, Rxi-LAO columns are available in two dimensions (Table I).

For labs using a two-column/two-GC method, we recommend our Rxi-LAO 60 m, 0.25 mm ID, 1.4 µm column (cat.# 13876). Compared to a two-column method, this single-column option halves the number of columns needed, resulting in reduced setup time, column costs, and analysis time while maintaining data quality (Figures 1 and 2).

For labs using a single-column method, we recommend our shorter, narrow-bore Rxi-LAO 40 m, 0.18 mm ID, 1.0 µm column (cat.# 40815). The smaller dimensions of this column enables fast analysis times while maintaining the separation power needed for LAO impurity analysis (Figures 3 and 4, Table II).

Table I: Switching to a one-column method using Rxi-LAO columns can offer labs substantial benefits over current methods.

Current Method

Rxi-LAO Column Dimension for One-Column Method

Rxi-LAO Column Advantage

Benefits vs. Current Method

2 GC/2 Column

60 m, 0.25 mm ID, 1.4 µm (cat.# 13876)

  • One-column method reduces setup time.
  • Optimal stationary phase selectivity reduces analysis time and yields good resolution of impurities.
  • Increased instrument uptime.
  • Increased sample throughput.
  • Accurate, complete results.

1 GC/1 Column

40 m, 0.18 mm ID, 1.0 µm (cat.# 40815)

  • Shorter, small ID column produces faster analysis times while maintaining impurity resolutions.
  • Increased sample throughput.
  • Good data quality.

Figure 3: The optimal column dimensions of our 40 m, 0.18 mm ID, 1.0 µm Rxi-LAO column (cat.# 40815) allows even faster run times from a single column analysis while maintaining resolution of impurities from 1-Hexene.



Figure 4: The narrow-bore Rxi-LAO column (cat.# 40815) accurately resolves 1-Octene within a fast, 18-minute run time.



Table II: The faster analysis times produced by the 40 m Rxi-LAO column (cat.# 40815) make it ideal for labs seeking a high throughput solution.

Rxi-LAO Column Dimension

Run time (min)

1-Hexene Analysis

1-Octene Analysis

60 m, 0.25 mm ID, 1.4 µm (cat.# 13876)



40 m, 0.18 mm ID, 1.0 µm (cat.# 40815)




Renowned Rxi Column Technology as Standard

As part of the Rxi GC column family, Rxi-LAO columns benefit from the industry-leading GC column technology that is standard across our entire Rxi column line.

High Reproducibility

Our Rxi-LAO columns feature unmatched manufacturing precision and stringent quality control to deliver high column-to-column reproducibility. This ensures your Rxi-LAO column performs to the same high standard with every analysis, even after changing the column (Figure 5).

Figure 5: Rxi-LAO columns are engineered and QC tested to ensure column-to-column and lot-to-lot reproducibility.



Low Bleed

The high stability of our Rxi columns means they generate less bleed and reduce background to further improve signal-to-noise ratios, enhance sensitivity, and lower detection limits. Together, these two advanced technologies help ensure your LAO data is highly accurate and that you get the right results fast.

Learn more about the technology that goes into our Rxi GC columns at

Simplify Your Analysis Optimization with Pro EZGC Software

Rxi-LAO columns are fully supported by our Pro EZGC chromatogram modeler, allowing labs to simplify their analysis optimization. This free, easy-to-use software helps you perform GC method optimization and method development in minutes—without needing to use an instrument.

A powerful feature of Pro EZGC software is its ability to model the performance of different column dimensions. If your LAO impurity application currently uses a single-column method, and you would like to see how changing to the shorter, 40 m Rxi-LAO column can speed up your analysis, Pro EZGC software can be used to generate simulated results with exceptional accuracy.

Figure 6: Rxi-LAO GC columns are fully supported by Restek’s Pro EZGC chromatogram modeler, helping labs quickly and easily optimize their LAO analysis.