Author Archives: Joe Ocando

“It’s freezing in the NMR room!” – A Crash Course In Superconductivity

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

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How To Review HPLC Chromatograms in Empower

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).

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How To Set Up an HPLC Run

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.

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How To Check For Gas Leaks

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

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How To Install a GC Column

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

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GC 101

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

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It just takes a second…

..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

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