Quantification of complex carbon-containing mixtures is typically a very time-intensive task with regards to the calibration process. A gas chromatograph with a flame ionization detector yields strong responses to organic compounds and provides a wide linear range over many orders of magnitude; however, responses for highly functionalized and heteroatom-containing compounds can be variable. Here, a commercial Polyarc microreactor unit, placed before the flame ionization detector, was investigated as a means of normalizing carbon response across all compounds. The device includes two catalytic reaction chambers, ultimately converting all carbon atoms to methane evenly for flame ionization detection. Three groups of different complex mixtures from n-alkane to terpene and polymer mixtures were analyzed to evaluate the potential for calibration-free quantitation of the new detector arrangement. We have obtained accurate quantification results without time-consuming calibration processes. The quantification of a terpene mixture and a polymer mixture confirms the ability of the detector for analyzing samples that either have complex physical or structural properties or wide concentration range. In summary, compared to other detectors, this methanizer - flame ionization detection system provides a simplified workflow, which can eliminate calibration steps and increase throughput.
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