Learn More About Rosetta, Philae, and the Restek® MXT® GC Capillary Columns They Carry

MXT Columns in SpaceIn November 2014, the Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae lander made history by achieving the first soft landing on a comet. Earlier last year, we told you about four different phases of our metal MXT® columns being selected for this decade-long mission because of their well-earned reputation for ruggedness and reliability. And now, even though insufficient access to sunlight after the landing has forced the lander into safe mode, the scientific community’s interest in it still has full power:

Restek’s Chris English, Laboratory Manager for our in-house Innovations Group, recently coauthored a poster with Doron Hosiosky of Silicol Scientific Equipment at Isranalytica 2015 looking specifically at the current data available and the design of the instrumentation on the Philae lander.

A recent issue of Journal of Chromatography A delved into the long-term stability tests performed on (and passed by) our MXT® columns to help ensure confidence that the data sent from the probe’s instrument 10 years after launch is sound.

The comet landing was even named as the Breakthrough of the Year by both Physics World and Science. Restek couldn’t be happier to be a part of this ground-breaking effort.

Whether your analysis is being done in the field, the refinery, or the farthest reaches of the solar system, our metal MXT® capillary columns are the reliable choice for great data. You can find our full selection at www.restek.com/mxt — to discuss how they can help with your demanding applications, contact Restek or your local Restek® representative.

Analytical Method for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Yerba Mate Tea Using Modified QuEChERS, Solid Phase Extraction and GC-TOFMS and GC-MS/MS

Author(s): Julie Kowalski, Amanda Rigdon, and Jack Cochran
Restek Corporation

Published By: Restek Corporation

Year of Publication: 2015

Link: http://www.restek.com/Technical-Resources/Technical-Library/Foods-Flavors-Fragrances/fff_FFAN2086-UNV

Abstract: This application note describes the development of an analytical method for PAHs in tea that allows analysts to more quickly and accurately characterize target PAHs. Sample preparation is based on a modified QuEChERS extraction and solid phase extraction sample cleanup. Both GC-TOFMS and GC-MS/MS techniques were used and analyses were optimized for resolution of isobaric compounds, as well as for maintaining a reasonable analysis time.

The Analytical Scientist Innovation Awards (TASIAs) Honor Restek’s EZGC® Method Development Tools

EZGC™ Method Development SuiteThe Analytical Scientist (www.theanalyticalscientist.com) just published their 2014 Innovation Awards, and Restek’s EZGC® method development tools suite was chosen as a winner!

These ground-breaking tools allow any analyst, regardless of experience level, to speed up and simplify their GC method development by quickly and easily modeling chromatograms, getting column recommendations, translating methods, and calculating flows. According to the award judges, our EZGC® suite “can greatly reduce the time to (first) results, allowing labs to answer urgent questions faster.”

We are proud to accept this award, and we are proud to help revolutionize the industry by applying our chromatography expertise to make our customers’ jobs easier.

You can learn more about the 2014 TASIAs here: https://theanalyticalscientist.com/issues/1214/return-of-the-tasias/

And our free, online EZGC® method development tools are just a click away at www.restek.com/ezgc

About EZGC® Method Development Tools Suite
Whether you are developing a new GC method or looking to reliably optimize an application, Restek’s EZGC® method development tools will save you hours of calculations, guesswork, and trial-and-error. These free, web-based applications are easily accessible by visiting www.restek.com/ezgc — and Windows users can also download the newest component, the EZGC® method translator and flow calculator, for offline use.

The new EZGC® method translator and flow calculator makes it simple to switch carrier gases, change column dimensions or detectors, or to optimize a method for speed or efficiency. Simply enter your current method specifications and you will receive a full set of calculated method conditions that will provide similar chromatography. Results include oven program and run time as well as average velocity, flow rate, splitless valve time, and other control parameters—all in an easy-to-use, single-screen interface with seamless transfer between tools.

Already a favorite of analysts around the world, the EZGC® chromatogram modeler helps you develop a new method from scratch, including the column and conditions. Simply enter your analyte list to generate a customized, interactive model chromatogram that provides a specific phase, column dimension, and conditions. Zoom in, view chemical structures, and even overlay mass spectra of coeluting compounds.

On a PC or Mac, desktop or tablet, our EZGC® method development tools make it easy to tailor a perfect solution for your method development challenges.