Author(s): Chen Y, Pawliszyn J
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Abstract The internally cooled coated fiber device was miniaturized to allow its direct introduction into a gas chromatography injector, while maintaining a reasonable lifetime of the septum. The device was robust, and its fiber, which was accommodated in an 18-gauge needle, was reproducibly used for more than 100 injections without any coating failure. The fiber temperature was controlled within 5 degrees C of the preset value by use of a temperature controller, a solenoid valve, and stainless steel tubings with different inner diameter. The device was mounted and used on the CTC CombiPAL autosampler with minor modifications, such as enlarging the hole of the needle guide of the autosampler and coupling the temperature control system of the device to the autosampler through a logic circuit. The device was validated with the back equilibration of hydrocarbons preloaded in the fiber in air. The automation of the internally cooled coated fiber device provided the feasibility of high throughput for the analysis of analytes in complex matrixes that required simultaneous heating of the sample matrixes and cooling of the fiber coating.
This article was published in Anal Chem
and referenced in Chemical Sciences Journal