Midwest AOAC Meeting

This year’s Midwest AOAC meeting was held in St. Louis, Missouri from June 4-6. 
It was well-attended with a good technical program.

Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO*

At this year’s meeting we hosted an Amino Acid workshop, in which attendees learned tips and troubleshooting techniques for amino acid analysis. All analytical methods were covered, including some discussions on sample preparation for amino acids.

The post-column analysis of amino acids is a tried and true technique. By derivatizing the amino acids post-column, any matrix components which might otherwise interfere with the derivatization steps are eliminated, leaving only the amino acids to react with the reagents. This leads to exceptional reproducibility, sensitivity and ruggedness.

Our Pinnacle PCX instrument is especially suited to amino acid analysis with its heated column oven (to perform temperature gradients), and pulse-free syringe pumps. More information can be found on our website: www.pickeringlabs.com, or by downloading one of the following:
MA380:  30-Minute Amino Acid Analysis of Hydrolyzed Samples
or our Amino Acid Brochure
View of St. Louis from the top of the Arch

* Interesting Fact: Gateway Arch is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. It was designed in 1947, but construction did not begin until 1965.  It opened to the public in 1967. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gateway_Arch