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Separated by Experience
March 2011
POPs Center of Excellence
Integrated POPs Workflow
POPs (persistent organic pollutants) are chemical substances of serious international concern. Produced as a result of human activity, POPs get widely distributed in the environment by natural processes and persist for many years after formation. POPs are toxic to living organisms (including humans), accumulate in tissues and can become more concentrated as they move up the food chain.

Thermo Fisher Scientific has established the POPs Center of Excellence as a direct resource for customers and associates, equipped with leading instrumentation and stand-by experts in POPs analysis. Located in Bremen, Germany, the center will support industry members, acting as a resource for collaborative projects using the latest technology. The POPs center will work in partnership with industry and governmental laboratories, improving quality and efficiency in worldwide POPs monitoring.


The first solution developed by the center facilitates an integrated workflow from screening to confirmation and will be presented within Thermo Scientific booth 2835 during Pittcon 2011, being held March 13- 18 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  Pittcon 2011

A recent interview in GIT Laboratory-Journal featured Dr. Hans-Joachim Hübschmann and Dr. Kyle D´Silva from Thermo Fisher Scientific discussing the current requirements for the analysis of dioxin and other POPs and measures to improve workflows.

Read the article: Dioxin Analysis - Optimized Workflows for Quick and Reliable Foodstuffs Inspections

6th Thermo Scientific Symposium on Recent Advances in POPs Analysis

We invite you to attend the 6th Thermo Scientific Symposium on Recent Advances in POPs Analysis, which takes place on 28-29 April 2011, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. This meeting is dedicated to new developments in environmental, food and feed analysis of persistent organic pollutants. It features a comprehensive lecture program, in addition to workshops on screening and confirmatory POPs analysis workflows and advanced automated preparative techniques.

Participation at the meeting is free of charge but capacity is limited. Therefore please register in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Take a look at the program, speaker list, agenda and link to registration

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Exploring Recent Developments in UHPLC Technology for Efficient System Operation and Optimal Results

In this ON-DEMAND webinar, Exploring Recent Developments in UHPLC Technology for Efficient System Operation and Optimal Results, you are invited to learn about the latest advancements in Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography (UHPLC) and hybrid HPLC/UHPLC systems. The benefits offered by the use of the patented Force Feedback Control™ (FFC) technology in these systems will be discussed along with best practice recommendations that will help users make the most efficient use of their UHPLC systems.

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What's New
Thermo Scientific Hypercarb Columns Applications Notebook

Thermo Scientific Hypercarb Columns - A unique solution for difficult separations

The applications notebook is now available as:

An online interactive version

An iPad™ optimized version

The Hypercarb™ Columns applications notebook features applications for the Biochemical, Food Safety, Environmental, Clinical, Food and Beverage markets. It includes an application reference guide by solute type, references and ordering information.

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Back Issues

Find previous issues of the Separated by Experience enewsletter at the Chromatography Resource Center.

Analysis of 446 Pesticides and 1202 Transitions in a Single Run on the Thermo Scientific TSQ Quantum XLS GC-MS/MS

Screening methods for large numbers of compounds are increasingly important to laboratories analyzing foods for pesticides. An instrument method developed on the Thermo Scientific TSQ Quantum XLS triple quadrupole mass spectrometer to analyze 446 pesticides using 1202 transitions is now available.

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Confirmation and Quantitation of an Expanded Panel of Sympathomimetic Amines in Urine Using Single Quadrupole GC/MS

Within the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) newest version of the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs are multiple changes for the confirmation of amphetamine-class urine analysis. Accordingly, a method using the Thermo Scientific ISQ Single Quadrupole GC-MS system for the confirmation and quantification of sympathomimetic amines in human urine was developed to adhere to these guidelines.

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Fast GC-MS/MS for High Throughput Pesticides Analysis

The control of pesticide residue levels by the performance of monitoring programs is currently an increasing concern for producers, traders, and consumers. This application note presents the fast GC and tandem mass spectrometry combination as the analytical system to meet the requirement for matrix robustness with high sample throughput.

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Separation of phospho- and glyco- peptides using porous graphitic carbon for the proteomic study of oncology patients

The work presented in this poster demonstrates the advantages of using PGC for the analysis of polar peptides and phosphopeptides by LC/MS. By accurate consideration of pH, analyte isoelectric point (pI) and column temperature, retention profiles were generated for a set of standards.

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LC-MS/MS Separation of Three Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) Diastereomers

The LC/MS method described here can chromatographically resolve three diastereomers: α, β and γ-HBCD (1,2,5,6,9,10-hexabromocyclododecane). This brominated flame retardant is the third most produced worldwide.

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