Oct 11, 2016 - Oct 12, 2016
Innovations and Simplicity for a Greater Impact

Improve Your Analytical Workflows at GCC 2016!

Stop by booths 402-406 to discover solutions including FTIR, IR Microscopy, Raman, Rheology and Extrusion technologies as well as sample preparation, chromatography, mass spectrometry, elemental analysis and laboratory data management.


Be sure to join us for our complimentary, educational workshops:

Oct 11, 2016
George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 371D

Innovations with Impact: Gas and Ion Chromatography Advances that Deliver Real Workflow Improvements

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2:20 PM – Moving Beyond Standard Refinery Gas Analysis: Introducing New GC Analyzer Capabilities Utilizing Four Concurrently Operating GC Detectors with Optimized Channels on a Single GC Platform

Laboratory refinery gas analysis moved to a three GC detector solution several years ago. With the introduction of the Thermo Scientific™ TRACE™ 1300 Gas Chromatograph , these traditional three GC detector as well as new four detector GC analyzers are now available. This presentation will highlight the full series of Thermo Scientific™ refinery gas analyzers and the application challenges that each system solve.

2:40 PM – Utilizing Innovative Design Criteria to Improve Productivity, Maximize Uptime and Provide Self-Serviceability

While instrument maintenance and repair is necessary on any GC, the Thermo Scientific™ TRACE™ 1310 Gas Chromatograph’s patented design improvements allow laboratories to quickly and easily replace injector and detector modules. Each module is factory calibrated and contains all the required components. Our “instant connect” modules allow laboratory personnel to handle routine maintenance and instrument repairs easily, without having to schedule a service visit or technical support call. Our focus on self-serviceability means that laboratory instruments continue analyzing samples instead of sitting idle. Learn how our unique, modular design positively impacts productivity and uptime.

3:00 PM – Recent Advances in High Pressure Ion Chromatography Separations

Chromatographic separations using packed columns benefit from a high number of theoretical plates per column. The number of theoretical plates can be increased by packing the columns with smaller particles. Typically ion chromatography columns use resin particles ranging from 7–9 µm in diameter. Recent developments in resin technology have allowed the use of 4 µm resin particles in ion exchange columns. The benefits of columns packed with smaller particles include more efficient peaks, better resolution and faster run times. Smaller particle column packing requires the use of a High Pressure Ion Chromatography System.

3:30 PM – Determination of Halogens and Sulfate in Liquefied Petroleum Gas Using Combustion Ion Chromatography

Combustion ion chromatography (CIC) can measure trace halogens and sulfur (as sulfate) in non-water soluble solids and semi-solids such as organic solvents, plastics, polymers, and petroleum liquids. In liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) these components need to be quantified for transport, product specifications, possible corrosion sources, and to determine scrubber capacity for maintenance. This presentation describes the determination of total fluorine, chlorine, sulfate, and bromine in LPG using an automated approach to combustion sample preparation in combination with ion chromatography to deliver results with excellent accuracy and reproducibility, while eliminating the tedium of manual combustion methods.

4:00 PM – Operation and Troubleshooting of Ion Chromatography Consumables

Modern ion chromatography systems employ newer column technology and electrolytic devices used for eluent generation and suppression. In this seminar we will review recommendations for operation and troubleshooting consumables used for various IC methods to determine anions, organic acids, cations and amines. We will focus on newer columns and the suppressors including operational modes. See how consumables tracking increases instrument up time. We will include time for Q & A from attendees.

Oct 11, 2016 - Oct 13, 2016
George R. Brown Convention Center

Solving Real World Challenges in Spectroscopy and Material Characterization

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8:00 - 9:00 PM – Material Characterization – Rheology for Polymer and Crude Oil Industries

The petrochemical and polymer industries utilize rheology to better understand their materials and how they behave under controlled conditions. This allows users to gain insight into their processes and solve real-world challenges. Relevant applications would include the determination of physical properties (viscoelasticity, molecular weights and distribution, transition temperatures, extensional viscosity), processability (degradation, curing) and flow under extreme conditions (high pressure and temperatures). Here, we will discuss several methods that employ rotational rheometers, extensional rheometers and torque rheometers to address these challenges.

9:15 - 10:15 PM – Infrared Spectroscopy – FTIR Theory, Sample Handling Techniques, Hands-on Training

This workshop will cover the theory behind the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) technique including what happens to molecules when they are exposed to the infrared and how spectra are recorded by the FT technique. We will also discuss the theory behind several common IR sampling techniques. In addition, live spectrometers will be available to run customer routine/non-toxic samples, time permitting.

10:30 - 12:00 PM – Thermo Scientific™ OMNIC Software Tutorial for IR/Raman Spectroscopy

This workshop will provide an overview of OMNIC spectroscopy software and how it can be used to collect, manipulate and identify infrared, NIR and Raman spectra. Live samples will be scanned to illustrate key features and capabilities in the software. A question and answer forum can help solve specific challenges that spectroscopists encounter.

1:00 - 1:45 PM – Extrusion Techniques for Polymer and Crude Oil Industries

Small, lab-scale extrusion systems provide unique opportunities for material characterization and process development. Formulation studies and a comprehensive understanding of a material’s processability can be realized. Also, rapid process development for direct scale-up leads to improved efficiency due to increased time-to-results and reduced cost of materials. In addition, the creation of sample products, whether injection molded specimens (discs or bars) or final product simulation (sheets, blown film), provides additional analytical opportunities and insight to the material’s properties. Depending on the requirements, various types of systems can be used including micro-compounders, bench-top extruders and torque rheometers, and these will be discussed here.

2:00 - 3:00 PM – Thermo Scientific TQ Analyst™ Software and Macros - Quantitative software training with pre-programmed operation for FTIR

A live demonstration of TQ Analyst software will illustrate FTIR, FT-NIR and Raman quantitative and qualitative methods. You will learn how to diagnose chemometric methods to ensure they accurately predict. Some pitfalls will be covered to avoid improperly modeled methods. In addition, an overview of Macros/Basic automated workflow software will be given. This software is designed to build pre-program quantitative predictions. The Macros language can also automate many other software functions, like basic kinetic routines.

3:15 - 4:15 PM – FTIR Spectral Interpretation and Problem Solving

This session will provide an overview of FTIR interpretation by focusing on several common functional groups. It will cover major hydrocarbons including aliphatic, olefinic and aromatic groups. Additionally, it will discuss carbonyl groups like esters, ketones and carboxylic acids. The session is designed to give an understanding of commonly seen infrared bands and to help better understand infrared data.

4:15 - 5:00 PM – Micro-Spectroscopic Sampling – FTIR and Raman Microscopy

This workshop will highlight the advantages of using Infrared and Raman microscopy techniques in the analysis of micro-scale materials. The presentation will illustrate various applications of both microscopy techniques and the advantages of each based on the type of materials being analyzed.

Featured posters

  • Poster 168: Dilute or Die - How to Handle High Matrix Samples by ICP-MS
  • Poster 161: Analyses of Trace Elements in Fuels with ICP-OES
  • Poster 164: Characterization of Lubricants by the Thermo Scientific FLASH 2000 Elemental Analyzer Using Helium or Argon as Carrier Gases