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Back-flushing and heart cut capillary gas chromatography using planar microfluidic Deans’ switching for the separation of benzene and alkylbenzenes in industrial samples A

Jacobs, Matthew R., Gras, Ronda, Nesterenko, Pavel N., Luong, Jim, Shellie, Robert A.
Journal of chromatography 2015 v.1421 pp. 123-128
benzene, capillary gas chromatography, detection limit, ethylbenzene, heart, instrumentation, ionization, solvents, statistical analysis, styrene, toluene, xylene
Planar microfluidic devices coupled with modern electronic pressure control have allowed gas chromatography (GC) practitioners to easily manipulate chromatographic systems to achieve heart cut and back-flushing configurations. These planar microfluidic devices have enhanced the connectivity between different components of GC instrumentation and have improved the inertness and minimised system dead volumes compared to classical chromatographic unions and valves. In the present contribution the setup and configuration of two multidimensional GC (MDGC) platforms is described for achieving the separation and quantification of trace level target C6–C8 alkylbenzenes in styrene monomer and Isoparaffin™ solvents, using flame ionisation detection (FID). The performance of these MDGC platforms indicated excellent retention time (0.2% relative standard deviation, RSD) and peak area repeatability (1% RSD) for all analytes of interest. The limit of detection (LOD) was 0.8mgkg−1 for benzene in styrene monomer, and 2.4–2.8mgkg−1 for C6–C8 alkylbenzenes such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene in Isoparaffin™ solvent.