GC/MS Analysis Archive

Unraveling the Scent: How Perfume Makers Use GC/MS Analysis

Perfume Analysis Using GC/MSThe calming scent of fresh jasmine. The refreshing aroma of orange. The intoxicating smell of cinnamon. For centuries, humans have been adorning themselves with fragrant perfumes and oils to feel happier, treat medical conditions, show personality and simply smell amazing.

As a result, the fragrance industry is hard at work developing and perfecting scents that we’ll go crazy for. In fact, the global perfume market value was estimated to hit nearly $40 billion by the end of 2016, and is expected to grow by 5.9% in the next 10 years, according to Future Market Insights.

Analytical Testing News Roundup: Early Breast Cancer Detection, Studying Ancient Humans & Stinky Fruit

February 2017 Analytical Testing News RoundupAnalytical testing techniques are used by companies, scientists and researchers all over the world to make interesting and groundbreaking discoveries.

Here we roundup some of the most interesting and cool bits of news and research featuring analytical testing methods such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis and gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS)in action:

1. GC/MS Shows Promise as Technique for Phthalate Separation

Phthalates are classified as anti-androgen endocrine disruptors, which affect the action of male hormones. As a result, steps have been taken in recent years to restrict their use in items such as toys and childcare products, according to SeparationsNow.

The Future of Food: How Analytical Techniques Are Changing Our Food

Burgers & BeerFrom veggie burgers that taste, smell, cook and look like real beef to transforming water into wine, the way we “grow” and make food and drink is changing—and analytical chemistry techniques are playing a major role.

“The future of food is synthetic,” Alec Lee, co-founder of Ava Winery, said in a recent interview with the Napa Valley Register. “Producing synthetic food is basically the next technology boom. Food tech is going crazy right now.”

Analytical Testing News Roundup: The Smell of Frankincense, Addicted Ants & How Food Affects Our Brains

analytical-testing-news-roundup-vScientists, researchers and companies all over the world use analytical testing techniques every day to make interesting, groundbreaking discoveries.

Here we round up some recent interesting and cool bits of news and research featuring analytical testing methods such as GC/MS and HPLC.

1. How Does Food Affect Our Brains?

We’ve all wondered why we can’t seem to stop eating delicious yet fatty foods. Well, according to Chromatography Today, chromatography and animal biotechnologist Asha Abraham may have some answers.

According to the publication, Abraham has been investigating the so-called “metabolic syndrome,” which is thought to affect nearly one-third of the world.

Can GC/MS Analysis Detect Natural Gas Leaks in a Home?

Detecting Natural Gas LeaksCan GC/MS analysis detect a natural gas leak in my home?

This is a question we’ve had submitted by a few folks who have come across our website and analytical testing services.

The answer? Technically yes, but practically no.

GC/MS analysis (gas chromatography mass spectrometry) has a wide variety of applications—from tracking organic pollutants in the environment to criminal forensics to food, beverage and perfume analysis. And while a mobile system could likely detect the presence of natural gas in a home, you probably don’t have access to such a tool.

How Analytical Testing Can Uncover Adulterated Foods

analytical-testing-to-uncover-food-adulterationFood adulteration, or food fraud, has emerged as a hot news topic in recent years, but it’s certainly not something new.

According to History.com, humans have been altering food since prehistoric times to increase longevity and improve taste. But overtime adulterating food, which often involves adding fillers or additives, has transformed into something that could be done for economic gain.

“During the Middle Ages [in Europe], imported spices were quite valuable,” History.com explains. “Due to their high prices and limited supply, merchants sometimes combined spices with numerous cheap substitutes such as ground nutshells, pits, seeds, juniper berries, stones or dust.”

Analytical Testing News Roundup: Turning Water into Wine & Craft Beer for Aquatic Conservation

Analytical Testing News Roundup IIAnalytical testing techniques are being used every day by scientists and researchers all over the world to make interesting and groundbreaking discoveries.

Below we roundup some of the most interesting and cool bits of news and research of analytical testing methods in action, many of which involve the making and perfection of adult libations:

1. Brewer & National Aquarium Partner to Create Craft Brew, Support Aquatic Conservation

A Delaware brewing company, Dogfish Head, has teamed up with the National Aquarium in Baltimore to create a brew that pays tribute to sea life, while also aiming to conserve it.

5 Examples of GC/MS Analysis Being Used to Identify Product Quality Issues

Examples of GC/MS Being Used to Identify Product Quality Issues

GC/MS Applications: Manufacturing

Product quality is of paramount importance for all manufacturers. And GC/MS analysis from a materials testing lab can be an incredibly useful tool to ensure that quality.

GC/MS analysis, or gas chromatography mass spectrometry, is a materials analysis technique that’s used to identify the precise composition of a sample and to quantify its components. For manufacturers, this technique can be used to identify unknown substances or contaminants that can or have affected product quality, function or safety.

Learn more about GC/MS lab services and find out if GC/MS is right for your manufacturing application by contacting us.

What’s the Difference between GC/MS and Ion Chromatography?

GC-MS vs. Ion ChromatographyAll manufacturers aim to create the highest quality and safest products for their customers. Often times, analytical testing services from a materials testing lab are enlisted to make sure manufacturers are doing just that.

Analytical testing can uncover the causes of product failures, identify contaminants or toxins, and also determine the chemical composition of samples. Two commonly used materials testing techniques are ion chromatography (IC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS). While both are forms of chromatography and can be used in similar ways, each is unique and valuable for different situations.

Below we discuss similarities and differences, and when each technique is utilized.

Does Your Product Smell As Good As The Holidays?

Common smells of the holiday season.The fresh and soothing smell of pine. The tantalizing smell of a holiday ham baking in the oven. The mouth-watering flavor of egg nog. The holidays are a time full of wonderful smells that immediately flood your mind with memories of happy holidays past. These smells evoke fond sentiments and bring a smile to your face.

According to Psychology Today, incoming smells are first processed by the olfactory bulb, which has direct connections to areas of the brain that are strongly associated with emotion and memory.  Does the smell of your product evoke happy memories for customers?