Author Archives: Joe Ocando
It does get pretty cold in there. Although don’t be tempted to shut the A/C in the NMR room. Keep a sweatshirt in your lab and bring it with you when running a sample. That baby needs to be kept … Continue reading
Here is a brief video on how to quickly navigate through empower to review and process your acquired HPLC data. This can also be done in real time. (Be sure to watch in 720p HD).
Empower is by far the most commonly used HPLC/UPLC software. Here is a brief video on how to set up and start an automated run.
Here’s a quick and cheap way to save money, especially if you’re running lots of NMR and GC samples. After each tank change simply spray soapy water on all joints leading to and from the regulator. If any bubbles appear … Continue reading
Taking care of a GC column will help to extend its life. Of course, this means it needs to be installed correctly. Agilent put together a video with some great tips to get the most out of a column including … Continue reading
The Royal Society of Chemistry posted a terrific tutorial on the basics of gas chromatography. The video shows an operator separating methanol and toluene step by step using a flame ionization detector (FID). Towards the end of the video, the … Continue reading
..to be safe. This reminder is especially useful during routine tasks. Indeed, safety has been a hot topic lately in the chemistry blogosphere. It is abuzz about recent charges brought against UCLA over the tragic death of a research … Continue reading
Say goodbye to the elusive art of KBr pellet making and messy NaCl plates (along with the variability they introduce) with the department’s new FT-IR spectrometer and ATR accessory. The PerkinElmer Spectrum Two is the gold standard for rapid IR … Continue reading
Recently, an overhaul was conducted on our Shimadzu GC/MS. Both source and trap filaments were replaced inside the ion source box, the heart of the system. This is where your sample gets zapped by an electron beam turning it into … Continue reading
This Royal Society of Chemistry vid is the best I’ve seen to describe chromatographic principles within the context of HPLC. According to the standard handbook, the money currently spent annually on HPLC exceeds that of any other analytical technique.