Sample Preparation

Effective sample prep is critical to accurate and efficient chemical analysis. Our applications feature articles, protocols, and troubleshooting guides for analytical sample preparation. Some of these explain how to use a particular product, while others focus on specific analytes or matrices. Many are complete step-by-step guides for purifying a specific analyte from a specific matrix using a specific product. Furthermore, many of them include additional instructions for analysis by GC, HPLC, LC-MS, and a variety of other analytical techniques.

Solid Phase Extraction
Solid Phase Extraction (SPE)

Solid phase extraction (SPE) is a technique used for rapid, selective sample preparation and purification prior to chromatographic analysis (e.g. HPLC, GC, TLC). SPE is used to exchange sample matrices, concentrate analytes, and remove interferences and contaminants to improve data and protect the analytical column.

Scientist doing Solid Phase Microextraction
Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME)

Solid phase microextraction (SPME) is a solvent-free sample preparation technique that uses coated fibers to extract analytes of interest from a sample before analysis by GC or HPLC.

QuEChERS dispersive SPE
QuEChERS Sample Preparation Method

QuEChERS is a ‘Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe’ sample cleanup method sample cleanup method that is predominately used to prepare food and agricultural samples for pesticides analysis. QuEChERS is based on the Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) technique of sample preparation.

Types of filtration chart
Sample Preparation by Filtration

Filtration separates substances based on physical or chemical properties. Lab samples are routinely filtered before analysis to reduce sample complexity and increase analyte purity. This allows scientists to generate higher quality analytical results.

Sample purification graph
Sample Purification

A range of purification methods may be used to prepare a sample prior to downstream analysis. Purification reduces sample complexity, removes interferences, and concentrates an analyte before analysis.