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Showing blog posts from 2014

The Serious Benefits of Giving Instruments Silly Names

Posted on December 11th, 2014

  Some laboratories give their instruments names. I know of labs that name instruments after colours, characters from TV shows…

On-Line Sample Preparation for GC-MS Workshops

Posted on December 4th, 2014

If you are a GC-MS user in a routine lab, you may well need to: ·         Run more samples ·        …

Microextraction Tech Blog

Posted on November 20th, 2014

Sample treatment is essential to develop competitive analytical methods in different application areas, from environmental sciences to bioanalysis. The low…

Latest Developments in Organic MS in Environmental and Food Analysis

Posted on November 18th, 2014

Agilent Technologies are pleased to invite you to a seminar focused on latest developments in Organic Mass Spectrometry in Environmental…

New Developments in Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry – Review

Posted on November 11th, 2014

This meeting was organised by the Institute of Mass Spectrometry and hosted by the College of Medicine, Swansea University. In all, excluding…

Cypermethrin in Water at Ultra Low Levels

Posted on October 31st, 2014

Are you thinking about CIP 2? Are you interested in measuring cypermethrin at ultra-low levels? We have been working on…

A Tale of Space and Time

Posted on October 21st, 2014

The Lord of Time looked down upon the blue globe that was planet Earth and turned to his Apprentice. “When…

Now is the Time to Replace your Old High Resolution GC-MS

Posted on October 17th, 2014

Now could be a great time to replace your old high resolution GC-MS with GC/Q-TOF. Here’s why… If you wander…

Better LODs with Hot Injection and Trapping

Posted on October 9th, 2014

Analysts that carry-out work on volatile (and some semi-volatile) compounds by GC-MS, know that different headspace sampling techniques give different…

Mr Paul Robbins joins the Anatune Team

Posted on October 7th, 2014

Anatune is pleased to welcome Mr Paul Robbins, Support Engineer, who will be working alongside a really great team in the…

Automated Sample Preparation and GC/Q-TOF for Metabolomics

Posted on September 30th, 2014

As the bookings come in for our Metabolomics Workshop in early November we have been working on automating a number…

Perception and Detection of Food Flavours

Posted on September 25th, 2014

There are many challenging aspects of food analysis, in particular when looking for unknown analytes. Characterising flavour or setting suitable…

Mr Sean O’Connor joins the Anatune Team

Posted on September 12th, 2014

Anatune is pleased to welcome Mr Sean O’Connor, who will be working alongside a really great team in the Applications…

The Measurement of VOCs in Flowing Water

Posted on September 9th, 2014

We have recently been asked to build a headspace GC system for the analysis of volatile organic compounds in an…

Single Drop Micro Extraction Now Available with the GERSTEL MPS

Posted on September 5th, 2014

A little over a year ago, Anatune entered into a co-operation with Glaxo SmithKline to work on the development of…

Please forgive us for asking…

Posted on September 3rd, 2014

All of us here at Anatune are strongly committed to providing excellent customer service. To make this happen we have…

The Role of Automated Sample Preparation in Metabolomics

Posted on August 28th, 2014

Precise replication of sample preparation steps in metabolomics is critical in obtaining analytically precise results to determine true, often small…

Low Level Steroids in Waste Water by GC Triple Quad

Posted on August 19th, 2014

Right now, there is considerable interest in the analysis of low level steroids (specifically; Estrone (E1), Estradiol (E2) and Ethynyl…

Metabolomics: Automated GC-MS Workshops

Posted on July 31st, 2014

We had a number of suggestions from people involved in metabolomics to run workshops on the topic of automated sample…

Agilent Environmental Food MS Meeting, Liverpool, England

Posted on July 30th, 2014

This is always a good meeting; the content is excellent, it is always well attended and it is a great…

9 Questions to Test Your Knowledge of GC Injection

Posted on July 30th, 2014

Far too many users of gas chromatography understand far too little about sample introduction. There are plenty of people around…

Meet Anatune’s New Support Manager

Posted on July 25th, 2014

I am pleased to confirm Alan Lockley’s appointment as Anatune’s new Support Manager. Alan joined Anatune in 2009 from Birmingham…

Use of Automated Sample Preparation for Aqueous Samples

Posted on July 23rd, 2014

On Wednesday 9th July, Dan Carrier, Anatune’s Application Laboratory Manager, gave a presentation at the LEAP meeting hosted by FERA…

GC-MS of Pesticides in High-Chlorophyll Samples

Posted on July 18th, 2014

At the recent European Pesticide Residues Workshop in Dublin, Richard Fussell of the UK Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)…

The Ultimate Separation Machine

Posted on July 15th, 2014

One useful principle that can be applied to GC-MS method development is to get the mass spectrometer to do as…

Dr Kathy Ridgway Joins the Anatune Team

Posted on July 3rd, 2014

Our application laboratory team does some really great work and as a result, demands on our lab grow all the…

Preparing Samples with Solids – Automatically

Posted on June 23rd, 2014

If you are using either GC-MS or LC-MS; liquid phase samples containing solids can be very inconvenient to work with….

Latest Sample Preparation Tools for the GERSTEL MultiPurpose Sampler

Posted on June 19th, 2014

GERSTEL continue to add more tools to the range of accessories that can be used with the MultiPurpose Sampler, with…

GC-MS of Food Volatiles – Why you need a Range of Sampling Techniques

Posted on June 16th, 2014

One important reason why the GERSTEL MultiPurpose Sampler (MPS) is favoured so strongly by analysts working with flavours and fragrances…

Students from the Perse School in Cambridge visit Anatune

Posted on June 12th, 2014

On Tuesday 10th June, we welcomed a group of sixth-form chemistry students from the Perse School in Cambridge. The students…

What do you know about Membrane Assisted Solvent Extraction?

Posted on June 11th, 2014

Membrane Assisted Solvent Extraction (MASE) is a useful extraction technique that can be fully automated using the GERSTEL MultiPurpose Sampler…

Automated QuEChERS Extractions – A Case Study

Posted on June 6th, 2014

Teledyne Tekmar will be showcasing the AutoMate Q-40 at the European Pesticides Residues Workshop in Dublin from June 30th to…

Pyrolysis of Polymers and Adhesives

Posted on June 3rd, 2014

When analysing polymers and adhesives, thermal desorption and pyrolysis are two GC-MS sampling techniques that go hand-in-hand. Thermal desorption can…

Amber – Fake or the Real Thing?

Posted on May 30th, 2014

Amber is fossilised tree-resin that is millions of years old and is valued for jewellery making (and, interestingly, as an…

Why the Renaissance in GC?

Posted on May 28th, 2014

Andrew Golby and I attended the 38th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography in Riva del Garda, Italy last week. It…

The Use of Olfactometry to Study Taste and Odour Compounds in Water

Posted on May 16th, 2014

Recently, we have had a lot of interest in the use of GC-Olfactometry (GC-O) as a tool to assist in…

Anatune at EPRW in Dublin

Posted on May 16th, 2014

We have booked a stand at the European Pesticide Residues Workshop in Dublin at the end of June. We are…

Will we see you in Riva Del Garda?

Posted on May 16th, 2014

Andrew Golby and I are both attending the 38th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography and 11th GCxGC Symposium in Riva…

A Matter of Taste (and Odour)

Posted on May 15th, 2014

There was a time when, for analytical chemists within the water industry, dealing with customer quality complaints was a nightmare….

Measuring off-Odours in Pharmaceutical Products

Posted on May 9th, 2014

The presence of an off-odour in a pharmaceutical product is a serious quality problem – even if there is no…

Goodbye to Matt Carson

Posted on May 9th, 2014

Matt Carson leaves Anatune this week after ten great years with the company.  Matt has done a brilliant job as…

Automated Extraction of Plasticizers from Toys

Posted on May 7th, 2014

The US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Section 108 requires that children’s toys and child care articles be tested for…

A Big Thank You to All of our Customers…

Posted on May 1st, 2014

At GERSTEL’s recent International Sales Meeting, held at their headquarters in Mulheim, Germany, Anatune received the award for Outstanding Sales…

Anatune Wins Best Customer Service Award

Posted on April 23rd, 2014

Anatune has won the Best Customer Service award at the 2014 Business Excellence Awards, held this year at the Metropole…

QuEChERS Automation Workshop

Posted on April 9th, 2014

Last August we hosted the European launch of the Tekmar AutoMate Q40 QuEChERS automation Workbench, which stimulated considerable interest. Following…

Win 2 Days on our MultiFlex GCqTOF

Posted on April 3rd, 2014

The Agilent 7200 is a high resolution, accurate mass GC-Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer. It is also the most powerful…

Adding More Capability to Dilute and Shoot

Posted on March 31st, 2014

As Andy Golby discussed in his recent post, for anyone involved in LC-MS or GC-MS the “Dilute and Shoot” approach to sample…

The Launch of the CF200 and Automated DNPH Analysis (A300)

Posted on March 20th, 2014

Automated DNPH Analysis (A300) Airborne aldehydes and ketones are collected by passing air through a cartridge containing 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH).  Carbonyl…

Automating Dilute and Shoot

Posted on March 13th, 2014

Any analyst working with LC-MS or GC-MS will have noticed, how, over time, mass-specs keep getting more sensitive. Extra MS…

MultiFlex Powers through Headspace

Posted on March 12th, 2014

If you are using GC-MS for the analysis of dirty samples, the fundamental advantage of headspace sampling – in all…

Mass Spectrometry – Let’s all Speak the Same Language

Posted on March 6th, 2014

One of the minor frustrations of mass spectrometry is the way that different people often have different interpretations of terms…


Posted on February 19th, 2014

A group of visitors were being shown around a laboratory complex. The senior scientist, proudly walked the visitors past every…

How Good are Your Staff at GC Injection?

Posted on February 10th, 2014

Recently, Dan Carrier and I were having a discussion with an experienced analyst – very knowledgeable on LC-MS, less so…

Dynamic Headspace Sampling with the GERSTEL MPS MultiFlex

Posted on February 6th, 2014

When sampling volatile organic compounds from any matrix, there is a range of different headspace sampling techniques that can be…

Analysing for Unknowns in Leachables and Extractables

Posted on January 30th, 2014

The analysis of L&Es in pharmaceutical products has been a hot topic for a while. Recently, we have spoken with…

Analysing Volatile Leachables with the use of Automated Headspace Solvent Micro-Extraction (HSME)

Posted on January 28th, 2014

If you are currently using Solid Phase Micro Extraction (SPME) then this new headspace sampling technique will almost certainly be…

Large Volume Injection Revisited

Posted on January 22nd, 2014

The GERSTEL CIS 4 PTV Injector for GC-MS In this longer article, I discuss the topic of large volume injection…

Automating the Measurement of Formaldehyde and Acetaldehyde in Air

Posted on January 16th, 2014

We have developed a fully automated solution for the processing of DNPH tubes and the analysis of the resultant extracts….

Things you can do with a MultiFlex (No.6) – Liquid Injection

Posted on January 10th, 2014

A lab manager in the North of England said to me the other day: “Your MultiFlex is great at those…

Workshops: Analysing for Unknowns by Accurate Mass GCqTOF

Posted on January 7th, 2014

The chances are, in the future, you will be asked to report far more detail about the composition of samples…

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