Hands-on GCxGC

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Course summary

Course approval

This course has been approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry for purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

What will you learn on this course?

The 2-day Hands-on GCxGC course is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts of GCxGC with flow and thermal modulation. It combines a mixture of classroom based presentations with hands-on hardware and some software lab exercises to give you comprehensive training. It will review the use of the Agilent CFT flow modulator and the Zoex and Leco thermal modulators.

This course focuses on the hardware rather than the software aspects of GCxGC. It includes an introduction to Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography; selection and installation of the column set into the modulator; creation of GCxGC methods; optimisation of a diesel sample using the standard column set; and the basic analysis of the data using Zoex GCImage software, provided by JSB, or the Leco ChromaToF software.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn the theory of comprehensive 2D gas chromatography (GCxGC)
  • You will learn about the types of modulator and review the benefits of each
  • You will learn and gain practical experience on the selection, set up and installation of the column set into a modulator
  • You will learn about the importance of types of detectors for use in GCxGC
  • You will learn how to maintain a GCxGC hardware set up
  • You will gain practical experience by creating a GCxGC method, analysing a sample and reviewing the results
  • You will learn about the parameters for optimisation of a sample using a particular set up
  • You will learn the common troubleshooting problems of the technique
  • You will learn about the benefits of comprehensive 2D gas chromatography (GCxGC)

Who is this course for?

This advanced course requires a high level of knowledge of GC to attend. If you have difficult and complex samples and wish to explore improving the resolution of your work through two-dimensional gas chromatography, then you should attend this course.

Course combinations

This course complements the 2-day Comprehensive GCxGC Software Training (Zoex GCImage) and the 2-day Comprehensive GCxGC Software Training (Leco ChromaTOF) courses.

Feedback from previous attendees

"All the tips and tricks in between the course material was very useful." R & D and Chromatography Supervisor (March 2023).

"As we were a small group it allowed for easier discussion of questions. I also enjoyed looking at the OU labs."  Bespoke training (August 2019).

"(I enjoyed) play with the different GCxGC's."  Markos Segurola, Research Technician, Q8 (December 2018).

"(I enjoyed) learning a little about how I could use the techniques for my project."  George Bryant, Lab Technician, The Open University (December 2018).

"(I enjoyed the) mix of classroom and laboratory. Relaxed atmosphere. Better (than other courses attended), small group size so able to ask more questions."  Christine Townsend, European Technical support Specialist, Trajan Scientific and Medical (September 2016).

"(I enjoyed the) mode of presentation and course structure and style."  Lawrence Akoto, a Principle Programme Officer from a Government Agency (March 2013). 

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