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GC Biodiesel Analysis


GC, TRACE 1300, TRACE 1310, Biodiesel, bioifuel, Thermo Scientific

We all hear about biodiesel, it is one of those sources of energy that has a lot of interest. Now, being that I love science some of the cool things with this source of energy are; it’s renewable, it can be produced from several different starting materials, and it can be used in current diesel engine technology when blended (I do know there are necessary modifications for older diesel engines). Gas chromatography comes in by the need to test the product for certain contaminants that could cause excessive wear on the engines or cause more pollution.  There are a few methods for the GC around the world. Some of the most prominent are from USA and Europe, ASTM D6584, EN14103, EN14105, EN14110.  The webinar focuses on work done on ASTM D6584 and EN14105.  These particular gas chromatography methods provide the ability to analyze for free and total glycerin in B-100 biodiesel.

Setting-up a laboratory for the comprehensive characterization of biodiesel samples by gas chromatography represents a serious capital investment. Furthermore, following official EN and ASTM norms requires the chemist to manually perform critical and time-consuming operations like adding derivatizing agents to every sample and preparing standards prior to the GC analysis.

This webinar describes the capabilities of a completely scalable solution for biodiesel analysis that significantly reduces the cost per sample and achieves the fastest possible return on investment. Data will be presented showing the advantages of a full in-line automated sample preparation procedure for the EN14105 and ASTM D6584 methods achieved with the innovative TriPlus RSH GC autosampler, programmed to perform unattended complex sample preparation steps in a sequence prior to sample injection into the TRACE 1310 gas chromatograph.

In this webinar, we will present a solution that eliminates human error while minimizing safety concerns and cross-contamination risks, and ensures high laboratory throughput to satisfy productivity requirements and compliance with standard regulatory methods.

Highlights of the webinar are

  • Identify potential capital savings achievable with the adoption of a modern modular GC platform that enables workload-tailored instrument configurations in just a few minutes
  • Discuss the results of a time-saving, automated sample preparation procedure compliant with EN14105 and ASTM D6584 methods executed by the autosampler prior the GC analysis
  • Demonstrate how the most flexible and scalable GC platform can easily increase overall laboratory productivity

Recommended attendees

  • Biodiesel quality control laboratories running EN 14103, EN 14105, EN 14110 and ASTM D6584 methods that need to reduce their costs or extend sample throughput
  • Anyone who uses GC equipment and wants to benefit from the use of a modern modular gas chromatograph to eliminate non-productive maintenance times
  • Laboratories analyzing various samples by liquid, headspace and Solid Phase Micro Extraction (SPME) injections that may benefit from unattended syringe switching and sample preparation capabilities of the autosampler

Select the link to view the webinar, Automated In-line Sample Preparation and GC Analysis of Biodiesel According to EN14105 and ASTM D6584


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