This application note describes two automated methods for screening of extractable compounds from materials for food packaging, medical or technical purposes. The first method is based on automated liquid extraction performed by the GERSTEL MultiPurpose Sampler (MPS), the second involves thermal desorption of the material in question in the GERSTEL Thermal Desorption Unit (TDU). Both methods are suitable for gaining an overview of the quality and emission potential of a material and therefore useful in the search for a suitable packaging material. The methods deliver comparable qualitative results.

In metabolomics studies, large sample sets have to be analyzed to allow statistical differentiation of sample types. Obviously, repeatability of the whole analytical workflow, including sample preparation, sample introduction, separation and detection, is extremely important in order to achieve such a differentiation. Automating the sample preparation workflow is a very useful first step towards reducing analytical variability.

In this study, a method was developed for quantitative determination of seven phenolic compounds in scotch whisky. Two different whisky brands were analyzed by Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction (SBSE), based on novel EG-Silicone Twisters, combined with thermal desorption-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (TDGC- MS). Direct Large Volume Injection (LVI) -GC-MS was used as reference method. Optimized methods for LVI-GC-MS and SBSETD- GC-MS analysis were used for quantitative determination of the target compounds: phenol, o-,m-, and p-cresol, guaiacol, 4-ethylguaiacol, and 4-ethylphenol.

1,4-Dioxane is a chemical contaminant formed in trace amounts as a byproduct during the manufacturing process of detergents, foaming agents, emulsifiers and some solvents, which are widely used ingredients of commercial products such as soaps, detergents, shampoos, cosmetics, and cleaning agents. This has led to detectable levels of 1,4-dioxane in the final products resulting in consumer exposure. 1,4-Dioxane has been identified as a potential human carcinogen. A 2016 report by the Department of Health and Human Services lists 1,4-dioxane as reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.

IV bag components were analyzed for extractables using direct thermal desorption/thermal extraction combined with a unit mass resolution GC/MSD system. The results ...

One of the most important aspects of reducing pesticide exposure is monitoring of pesticide residues in foods. A number of analytical methods have been developed, many of them based on traditional liquid-liquid extraction in combination with GC-MS or LC-MS. The QuEChERS (quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged, and safe) sample preparation methods have been developed to help monitor pesticides in a range of food samples [1]. The dispersive Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) used to clean up these extracts can leave co-extractants, which can result in interferences such as ion suppression with the analytical results.

A new fully automated thermal desorption (TD)-GC/MS method was developed for determination of formaldehyde and other airborne carbonyls as well as VOCs for material emission testing. The method includes an automated in-situ derivatization agent loading step prior to every sampling step, thus blank values are avoided. Pentafl uorophenylhydrazine (PFPH) was used as derivatization agent and was automatically loaded onto Tenax TA adsorbent using a dynamic headspace (DHS) technique.

This study shows the analysis of several commercially available coconut water products using a GC/MS system equipped with a versatile autosampler and sample preparation robot capable of performing a wide range of standard sample introduction techniques including thermal desorption. A fast and efficient analysis method based on stir bar sorptive extraction (SBSE) in combination with thermal desorption -GC/MS was developed for the determination of flavor compounds, pesticides, antioxidants, compounds migration from packaging materials, and off-flavors in coconut water.

Pyrolysis GC-MS was used to profile residual solids after drying aged whiskey samples. The samples in question were both 20 years old from the same unaged parent distillate but matured in the very different wood species of Quercus Robur and Quercus Alba.
Evaporative Concentration of Substances Listed in the European Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC and 2008/105/EC). A Performance Comparison ...