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Evaluation of a miniaturised single-stage thermal modulator for comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography of petroleum contaminated soils

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Jacobs, MR and Edwards, M and Gorecki, T and Nesterenko, PN and Shellie, RA, Evaluation of a miniaturised single-stage thermal modulator for comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography of petroleum contaminated soils, Journal of Chromatography A, 1463 pp. 162-168. ISSN 0021-9673 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Elsevier B.V.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.chroma.2016.08.009

Abstract

A novel miniaturised single-stage resistively heated thermal modulator was investigated as an alternative to cryogenic modulation for use in comprehensive two dimensional gas chromatography (GC GC). The single-stage thermal modulator described herein yielded average retention time relative standard deviations (RSD) of ≤ 0.2 % RSD (first-dimension) and ≤ 3.4 % RSD (second-dimension). The average peak widths generated by the modulator were 72 3 ms, and the peak area precision was better than 5.3 % RSD for a range of polar and non-polar test analytes. GC GC analysis can be performed using this modulator without the requirement for cryogenic cooling or additional pressure control modules for flow modulation. The modulator and associated electronics are compact and amenable towards field analysis. The modulator was used for qualitative and quantitative characterisation of petroleum-contaminated soils derived from a sub-Antarctic research station at Macquarie Island. The limit of detection compared to standard 1D GC analysis was improved from 64 to 11 mg kg-1. An automated method of analysing and categorising samples using principal component analysis is presented.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:two-dimensional gas chromatography, single-stage thermal modulator, performance evaluation, petroleum spill analysis
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Analytical Chemistry
Research Field:Separation Science
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
Author:Jacobs, MR (Mr Matthew Jacobs)
Author:Nesterenko, PN (Professor Pavel Nesterenko)
Author:Shellie, RA (Associate Professor Robert Shellie)
ID Code:110742
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP130101518)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:2016-08-11
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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