Articles and Applications
The polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are among the most commonly analysed compound classes in environmental analysis. This article demonstrates how hydrogen carrier gas can be used in place of helium for GC-MS/MS analysis of these compounds.
Helium is the second most abundant element in the universe, but on Earth it’s relatively rare, found trapped underground with natural gas and in the atmosphere, where it escapes into space.
The aim within the laboratory should be to achieve the best separation in the shortest time period. The most commonly used gases as carrier gas for GC are nitrogen, hydrogen and helium.
Many laboratories are now prohibited from placing Hydrogen cylinders on their premises owing to health and safety restrictions. A Peak Scientific Precision Hydrogen Trace generator is a safe alternative to gas cylinders whilst providing pure carrier gas (99.9999% purity, moisture free), in quantities great enough to supply a number of GCs simultaneously.
Technology Considerations on Hydrogen Generation Technology Hydrogen Generators that are utilised to provide Carrier Gas for GC and GC/MS applications employ many technologies to provide high purity hydrogen. Here were look at the various methods used to purify hydrogen. Three using PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane), combined with various purification techniques, and the fourth using a combined Palladium Electrolyser.