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Cernusco sul Naviglio, Italy

Cordero C.,University of Turin | Rubiolo P.,University of Turin | Cobelli L.,SRA Intruments SpA | Stani G.,SRA Intruments SpA | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Chromatography A | Year: 2015

In this study, the first capillary flow technology reverse-inject differential flow modulator was implemented with different column configurations (lengths, diameters and stationary phase coupling) and detector combinations (mass spectrometry - MS and flame ionization detection - FID) to evaluate its potential in the quantitative profiling and fingerprinting of medium-to-highly complex essential oils. In particular, a parallel dual-secondary column dual-detection configuration that has shown to improve the information potential also with thermally modulated GC×GC platforms (MS identification reliability and accurate FID quantitation), was tested. Several system performance parameters (separation measure S GC×GC, modulation ratio M R , separation space used and peak symmetry) were evaluated by analyzing a mixture of volatiles of interest in the flavor and fragrance field. The systems demonstrating the best chromatographic performance were selected for quantitative profiling of lavender and mint essential oils and fingerprinting of vetiver essential oil. Experimental results demonstrate that careful tuning of column dimensions and system configurations yields improved: (a) selectivity; (b) operable carrier gas linear velocities at close-to-optimal values; (c) 2D separation power by extending the modulation period and (d) handling of overloaded peaks without dramatic losses in resolution and quantitative accuracy. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. Source

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