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Chromatography Quiz No. 4

Chromatography Quiz #3 Results
Congratulations to the grand prize winners of our last newsletter’s Glyphosate Chromatography Quiz: Jim Balk from Nebraska DHHS Public Health Environmental Laboratory, Matthew Hartz and Keena Njoroge from Underwriters Laboratories, and Narjes Ghafoori from the County of Los Angeles Environmental Toxicology Laboratory! They have won, and will shortly be receiving from Apple.com, a new iPod Shuffle! Additionally, for this third quiz all of our participants will be receiving a $10 gift card from iTunes. Thank you all for your submissions!

The correct answer for the modified Glyphosate chromatogram: the Glyphosate ‘doublet’ is caused by injecting a sample at basic pH. An improperly buffered sample extract at a large injection volume will not mix with the mobile phase sufficiently to create the acidic pH necessary for Glyphosate to be at the proper single charge state, impacting the interaction between Glyphosate and the active
sites on the column resin. Adding a couple drops of Restore TM(pH 1.3) to the sample before injection will eliminate the ‘doublet’ and return proper peak shape.
Thank you!
Pickering Labs

Chromatography Quiz #4:
Identify the error made when running the Amino Acids chromatogram below and win a prize! Simply email your answer as well as your full contact information to Rebecca at rlsmith@pickeringlabs.com by September 30th in order to win. You will receive email confirmation when your submission is received, and the troubleshooting answer and winner congratulations will be published in the next issue (to be anonymous, please notify Rebecca in submission).

Amino Acid Analysis of Physiological Fluids
Pickering Standard: 011006P Native Sample Standard 0.25 µmole/mL, 10 µL injection
Pickering Column: 0354100T High Efficiency Lithium Cation-exchange Column, 4.0 x 100 mm
Pickering Guard Column: 0352020, 2.0 X 20 mm

Normal Operating Conditions: (for reference only, condition changes may be reflected in chromatogram)

Column Temperature: 37 °C
Flow rate: 0.35 mL/min

Eluent Gradient:

TIME….Li275%…….Li750%…….RG003%
0…………100……………0………………0

12……….100……………0………………0
48………..65…………….35…………….0
90………..0………………100…………..0

95………..0………………100…………..0

120………0……………….94……………6

122………0……………….94……………6

122.1…..100……………0………………0

140……..100……………0………………0



Post-column conditions for amino acid analysis:
Reagent 1: Trione


Reactor 1: 130 °C, 0.5 mL
Reagent flow rate: 0.3 mL/min

Detection: UV-Vis Detector: 570 nm for primary amino acids, 440 nm for secondary amino acids


You can find an example of a good chromatogram on our website. Either click on the link, or go to www.pickeringlabs.com

RESULTS: Chromatography Quiz Number 2 (Amino Acids)

Congratulations to the Grand Prize Winner of our Newsletter’s Amino Acid Chromatography Quiz: Mary Barnes from Marin General Hospital!

She has won, and will shortly be receiving from Amazon.com, a new Kindle Wireless Reading Device and leather book cover!

The correct answer for the modified Amino Acid chromatogram: we did not allow the instrument proper equilibration. The column was equilibrated using a mixture of Li275 and Li750 buffers, and the higher starting pH caused peaks in the beginning of the chromatogram to come too early and co-elute. A similar chromatogram can also be caused by a higher pH of the sample or first buffer or an insufficient equilibration time between runs.

Also, we are extending our deadline for the Chromatography Quiz Number 3 (Glyphosate) until July 15th – so please get your entries in! Rebecca will accept submissions to rlsmith@pickeringlabs.com and confirm via email that she has received your answer.

Thank you and Good Luck!
The Pickering Labs Team

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Chromatography Quiz Number 3

Reminder: Please resubmit your answers to last quarter’s Amino Acid Chromatography Quiz by June 1st to be eligible for a prize. You can find that quiz located on our Blog: http://pickeringlabs.blogspot.com/2010/01/chromatography-quiz-no-2.html

Chromatography Quiz #3
Identify the error made when running the Glyphosate chromatogram below and win a prize! Simply email your answer and your full contact information to Rebecca at rlsmith@pickeringlabs.com by July 1st in order to win. You will receive email confirmation when your submission is received, and the troubleshooting answer and winner congratulations will be published in the next issue (to be anonymous, please notify Rebecca in submission).

Glyphosate Analysis for US EPA Method 547
Normal Operating Conditions: (for reference only, changes may be reflected in chromatogram)

Customer’s Glyphosate Standard: 25 ppb, 100 µL injection

Pickering Column: 1954150 Cation-exchange Column for Glyphosate Analysis, 4 x 150 mm

Column Temperature: 55 °C
Flow rate: 0.4 mL/min

Eluent Gradient:

Post-column conditions for pesticide analysis:
Reagent 1: Oxidizing reagent – 100uL of 5% Sodium Hypochlorite in 950mL of GA116
Reagent 2: 100 mg of OPA, 2 g Thiofluor™ in 950 mL of GA104

Reactor 1: 36 °C, 0.5 mL

Reactor 2: ambient. 0.1 mL
Reagent flow rates: 0.3 mL/min

Detection: Fluorometer ex 330 nm, em 465 nm

Chromatography Quiz No. 2

Congratulations to the winners of our last newsletter’s Chromatography Quiz: Matthew Hartz, Jamie Palmer, and Keena Njoroge from Underwriters Laboratories, Sudheer Reddy from Chemtex, and Becky Canela from Environmental Laboratory Services!

They’ve each won, and will shortly be receiving from Gifttree.com, two dozen irresistible cookies in five flavors: White Chocolate Hazelnut, Snickerdoodle, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin, and Chocolate Chip.

The correct answer for the modified Carbamates chromatogram: we reversed the two reagents. The OPA reagent was pumped in the Reagent One position, and the Hydrolysis reagent was pumped in the Reagent Two position. Thus 1-Naphthol, which is naturally fluorescent, appears full-sized. The other Carbamate peaks have different sizes due to their varying rate of hydrolysis – the high pH of the OPA reagent will allow for some but not complete hydrolysis prior to detection.

Chromatography Quiz: Amino Acid Analysis

Identify the error made when running the Amino Acids chromatogram below and win a prize! Simply email your answer and your full contact information to Rebecca at rlsmith@pickeringlabs.com by March 1st in order to win. The troubleshooting answer and winner congratulations will be published in the next issue (to be anonymous, please notify Rebecca in submission).

Amino Acid Analysis of Physiological Fluids:

Pickering Standard: 011006P Native Sample Standard 0.25 µmole/mL, 10 µL injection

Pickering Column: 0354100T High Efficiency Lithium Cation-exchange Column, 4.0 x 100 mm

Normal Operating Conditions: (for reference only, condition changes may be reflected in chromatogram)

Column Temperature: 36 °C

Flow rate: 0.35 mL/min

Eluent Gradient:

Post-column conditions for amino acid analysis:
Reagent 1: Trione
Reactor 1: 130 °C, 0.5 mL
Reagent flow rate: 0.3 mL/min

Detection: UV-Vis Detector, 570nm for primary amino acids, 440nm for secondary amino acids
Hint: Assume in this case that both Guard and Analytical column are good. To see a standard Amino Acid chromatogram, click here