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The importance of plant identification – Part 1

20 October 2014

Hubert Marceau – Popularization Figure 1: C. sativa (source) October 1st 2014 will surely be a memorable day for a retired man from Georgia, USA. To his suprise, a heavily armed police force assisted by a K9 unit and a helicopter dropped in his garden. The local police department were suspecting the presence of Cannabis sp. (Figure

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GC Analysis – Part VI. Applied Example of Analysis with Retention Indices

8 September 2014

Alexis St-Gelais – Popularization I wrote some time ago about retention indices in GC-FID and the advantages of using two columns to analyze an essential oil. Since this is a central aspect of the work we do using GC, I wished to detail a real-case analysis, allowing you to understand more clearly our methodology. Throughout

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GC Analysis – Part V. FID or MS for Essential Oils?

2 September 2014

Alexis St-Gelais – Popularization [Minor addenda to the original text were made on March 23, 2019, and are noted in green] An important task of analytical chemistry is to select the detector that best suits the purpose of an analysis. Each detector has indeed its pros and cons. In the area of essential oils, FID and

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GC Analysis – Part IV. Retention Indices

25 August 2014

Alexis St-Gelais – Popularization I mentioned in the first post of this series on GC analyzes that PhytoChemia resorted simultaneously to two capillary columns to analyze essential oils, one polar (Solgel-Wax) and one non-polar (DB-5). The rationale behind this technique will reveal some of the art of interpreting essential oils profiles.  We have seen that

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GC Analysis – Part III. Mass Spectrometry Detection (MS)

18 August 2014

Alexis St-Gelais – Popularization My last post gave some details about a detection method commonly used in GC, the FID. Another detector that is widely used for the analysis of volatile compounds, including at PhytoChemia, is the mass spectrometer (MS). Unlike the FID, the MS is a complex detector. Typically, in GC-MS (although other modes

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GC Analysis – Part II. The Flame Ionization Detector (FID)

11 August 2014

Alexis St-Gelais – Popularization The first part of this series dealt with the principles of separation of volatile molecules upon analysis by GC. After their separation, the analyst has yet to be able to detect molecules as they leave the capillary column, either to identify or quantify them. At PhytoChemia, we mainly use two types

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