Markes’ specialists to lead discussions on new analytical technologies at the Gulf Coast Conference
Friday, 3 October 2014 at 1:18:PM
Markes International (Llantrisant, UK) has announced that its application specialists will be leading workshops at Gulf Coast Conference (GCC) in Galveston, Texas, on 14–15 October 2014.
Enhanced crude oil fingerprinting by GC×GC–TOF MS with novel ion-source technology
The first workshop (#86) will look at the application of novel variable-energy ionisation technology to the GC×GC–TOF MS analysis of crude oil. The workshop will highlight how this approach can help to distinguish between structurally similar analytes such as branched alkanes, while avoiding the losses in sensitivity that have historically afflicted soft ionisation for GC–MS. (15:10 on 14 October in the Daffodil Room.)
Novel real-time data-mining for fast screening of petrochemicals
The second workshop (#98) will focus on novel software developments that simplify the comparison of complex chromatograms generated using the latest analytical instrumentation. A focus of discussion will be the use of data-mining in real-time, which has particular advantages for the fast screening of petrochemicals. (13:00 on 15 October in the Orchid Room.)
In addition to Markes’ booth (#225), two posters will also be displayed:
- Poster #87 – Enhanced crude oil fingerprinting by GC×GC–TOF MS with soft electron ionization (10:30 on 15 October in the Exhibit Hall)
- Poster #97– Novel data-processing software for fast screening of complex petrochemicals (10:30 on 15 October in the Exhibit Hall)
US EPA Method 325 – Monitoring of airborne chemicals in and around petrochemical refineries.
These activities cement Markes as a key player in analytical technologies for the petrochemical industry – a point emphasised by Alun Cole, Director of Markes International: “Our presence at GCC is part of a broader spectrum of activity that we are planning in the run-up to the release of US EPA Method 325 in 2015 for monitoring of airborne chemicals in and around petrochemical refineries. This is of particular interest to us because it stipulates diffusive monitoring onto sorbent tubes, with analysis by thermal desorption and GC–MS – technologies in which we have a considerable degree of expertise”.