10 Jan 2013: Thermo Fisher Scientific is pleased to announce a new gas chromatography (GC) method for a rapid, automated determination of benzene and toluene in gasoline. The traditional ASTM D3606 method to determine these compounds in motor and aviation gasoline uses packed columns and a thermal conductivity detector (TCD). This application features the use of a split/splitless (SSL) injector with a backflush configuration, a flame ionization detector (FID), and capillary columns, which combine to eliminate the need for expensive packed column sets or a dedicated instrument assigned to analyze a small sample set.
The Thermo Scientific instant connect SSL injector with backflush is a user-installable, compact and self-sufficient module featuring all the required hardware components and the electronic carrier gas controls. Application Note 52284: Simplification of the ASTM D3606 Method for the Determination of Benzene and Toluene in Gasoline demonstrates the use of this instant connect split/splitless (SSL) injector with backflush capabilities to offer a simple, compact and convenient hardware solution that keeps the analytical column and the detector cleaner than traditional methods. This application demonstrates excellent repeatability and reproducibility using the innovative Thermo Scientific TRACE 1310 GC, which is a versatile system that can easily accommodate other applications with a quick change of injector and detector modules on the same platform in a matter of a few minutes.
Learn more about the TRACE 1300 Series GC at www.thermoscientific.com/trace1300.
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