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Thermal Desorption Webinar


What Does it Cover?

To accurately determine the concentration of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) collected on Thermal Desorption tubes (TD tubes), a calibration curve must be established with the thermal desorption gas chromatography system.

As more laboratories switch to using multi-bed TD tubes so they can collect a broader range of volatile compounds, the technique of spiking calibration standards on multi-bed tubes becomes more critical. Because multi-bed TD tubes include stronger adsorbents that capture very volatile compounds; these adsorbents will also retain the solvent of a liquid phase standard. The adsorbed solvent is subsequently desorbed into the gas chromatograph, and this can cause separation problems and detection of the early eluting analytes. Using compressed gas standards eliminates the problem associated with spiking multi-bed TD tubes with liquid phase standards. This webinar will provide the details of a proper spiking technique.

What Will You Learn?

  • How compressed gas standards prevent the issues caused by using liquid phase standards.
  • What are the important steps to properly spike TD tubes.
  • How to accurately obtain the correct volumes of the gas mix so that it covers the desired calibration range without complicated dilutions.
  • The importance of allowing the gas mix to equilibrate to atmospheric pressure prior to spiking tubes.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone interested in the field of Thermal Desorption and Gas Chromatography
  • Analytical Chemists
  • Method Developers
  • Laboratory Technicians


Jamie Brown


R&D Scientist

Jamie Brown is a R&D Scientist with Merck. He has over 30 years of experience in the development of products for sampling organic volatile compounds from air and water. Jamie routinely assists regulatory agencies like the U.S. EPA, OSHA, and NIOSH with method development; and is an active member of ASTM D22.05 Air Quality Committee. He has collaborated on methods for domestic and international regulatory agencies through our global network of subsidiaries and research partners. He received his associate degree from The Pennsylvania State University.

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