Traditionally if scientists wanted to look at something small they would put a sample under a microscope but now researchers have managed to shrink the microscope itself to the size of a single human cell.
Hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) is suitable for separating and retaining very polar compounds that do not retain or have very limited retention on traditional reversed-phase packings. HILIC columns retain highly polar compounds with only small amounts of water in the mobile phase. These more volatile mobile phases increase sensitivity with LC/MS applications. Water is used as the strong solvent so increasing water content will elute peaks faster.
Varian has expanded its FactorFour series of capillary gas chromatography (GC) columns with the VF-5ht for high temperature analysis, and the 0.15 mm ID columns for high-speed productivity. The entire FactorFour line, now comprised of nine phases for various environmental and industrial applications, offers a very low bleed specification.
GeoVOC represents a new approach to near-surface geochemical petroleum prospecting. Developed in conjunction with petroleum prospecting companies, GeoVOC uses SIFT-MS to reduce sample analysis time from up to thirty minutes to less than thirty seconds
Thermo Electron Corporation has introduced the Nicolet Antaris IGS FT-IR gas analyser for multi-component gas analysis. The unit provides research-grade performance, speed and sensitivity in a package designed for industrial use.
Monash researcher Dr Jamie Rossjohn has received a Prime Minister's award for his contribution to science.