Gas chromatography mass spectrometry separates, identifies, and quantifies components of a sample. This is just a few examples of the problems it can solve.
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TGA Analysis: What, How and Why
Imagine your company switches to a new supplier for a plastic component in your device. As the new models roll out, the customer complaints roll in — it seems this model is much more prone to failure than the previous one was. Soon, you’re examining returned items and finding every one has a crack in […]
A Beginner’s Guide: How to Interpret Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry Results
Gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS) analysis is an effective testing and troubleshooting tool for many manufacturers across industries, helping identify and quantify the materials that make up a sample or uncover contaminants that impact product quality. But when it comes to making sense of GC/MS analysis results, you may wonder how to read a gas […]
What’s That Smell? The Chemistry Behind the Seasonal Scent of Frankincense
From fresh pine to warm cinnamon, the holiday season is filled with delicious and memory-evoking scents. But perhaps one of the most iconic of Christmastime smells is that of frankincense. Oftentimes described as a sweet and woody scent with notes of lemon, frankincense is an aromatic resin that’s extracted from the bark of Boswellia trees. […]
Unraveling the Scent: How Perfume Makers Use GC/MS Analysis
From product development to quality control, discover how perfume makers use GC/MS to perfect their fragrances.
Analytical Testing News Roundup: Early Breast Cancer Detection, Studying Ancient Humans & Stinky Fruit
Learn how analytical testing techniques are being used to detect breast cancer earlier, learn more about our ancient ancestors and more.
The Future of Food: How Analytical Techniques Are Changing Our Food
From 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 […]
Analytical Testing News Roundup: The Smell of Frankincense, Addicted Ants & How Food Affects Our Brains
Scientists, 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 […]
Can GC/MS Analysis Detect Natural Gas Leaks in a Home?
Can 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
Food 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 […]