Our product and applications teams are constantly working to help analytical scientists tackle complex challenges in VOC and SVOC analysis – from sample preparation through to data-analysis.

Here are some of our customers’ successes.

 

Food analysis

Tackling fraud in the olive oil industry

How do you tell a genuine olive oil from a counterfeit product? Professor Giorgia Purcaro at the University of Liège is addressing this question by headspace profiling, which offers better reproducibility than conventional assessments using trained sensory panels.

With sensitivity crucial to success of this approach, Professor Purcaro has turned to headspace–SPME on Markes International’s Centri platform to identify marker compounds that distinguish genuine oils from fraudulent equivalents – with very encouraging results.

 

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Environmental pollution

Increasing the understanding of SVOCs in exhaust particulates

The health and environmental impact of particles released from vehicle exhaust have been reckoned to result in an annual cost to the EU of over 600 billion euros, making it a major research priority.

Working with SepSolve Analytical, Dr Salim Alam at the University of Birmingham is using GC×GC with TOF MS to analyse harmful semi-volatiles in airborne particulates. The data generated from this work is fed into predictive models of pollution, helping to tackle this major threat to health.

 

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