Over the past 50 years, Gas Chromatography has matured, and largely meets analytical performance demands for the applications it serves. However, overall usability still has not met the expectations and needs of today’s routine GC lab. Reducing unplanned downtime has been a keen imperative of GC enterprises striving to improve business results and reduce business uncertainty. Chromatographic expertise for maintaining and troubleshooting is not always at the point of instrument use, necessitating an unimaginably simple and friendly GC. This requires a transformation in the way GC is carried out.
To address this, we have developed an altogether novel approach to heating, establishing a GC flow-path, and making GC flow path connections. A new highly modular GC technology has been developed which takes about half the space, uses about a quarter of the power consumption, eliminates the uncertainty of making leak-free connections, and does away with complex and time-consuming column maintenance.
Jim Luong, PhD, FRSC
Analytical Sciences, Core R&D,
The Dow Chemical Company