GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY. ENVE 202 Dr. Aslıhan Kerç. Gas Chromatography (GC) Gas chromatography is a chromatographic technique that can be used to separate volatile organic compounds . It consists of a flowing mobile phase an injection port a separation column ( the stationary phase )
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The organic compounds areseparated due to differences in their partitioning behavior between the mobile gas phase and thestationary phase in the column.
Mobile phases are generally inert gases such as helium, argon, or nitrogen.
Since the partitioning behavior is dependent on temperature, theseparation column is usually contained in a thermostat-controlled oven.
After the components of a mixture are separated using gas chromatography, they must be detected as they exit the GC column.
Thermal-conduc. (TCD) and flame ionization (FID) detectors are the two most common detectors on commercial GCs.
The requirements of a GC detector depend on the separation application.
An analysis may require a detector selective for chlorine containing molecules.
Another analysis might require a detector that is non- destructive so that the analyte can be recovered for further spectroscopic analysis. You cannot use FID in that case because it destroys the sample totally. TCD on the other hand is non-destructive.
A TCD detector consists of an electrically-heated wire.The temperature of the sensing element depends on the thermal conductivity of the gas flowing around it. Changes in
thermal conductivity, such as when organic molecules displace some of the carrier gas, cause a temperature rise in the element which is sensed as a change in resistance. The TCD is not as
sensitive as other detectors but it is non-specific and non-destructive.
Uses a radiactive Beta emitter (electrons) to ionize some of the carrier gas and produces a current between a biased pair of electrodes.
When an org. mol. that contains electornegative functional gr., such as halojens, phosphorous and nitro groups, pass by the detector, they capture some of the electrons and reduce the current.
The ion separation power of an MS is described by the resolution:
R = m/Dm
Where m is the ion mass and Dm is the difference in mass between two resolvable peaks in a mass spectrum.
E.g., an MS with a resolution of 1000 can resolve an ion with a m/e of 100.0 from an ion with an m/e of 100.1.