Sensational Syrup: Quantifying the Effect of Bourbon-Aging with GCxGC and ChromaTOF® Tile

May 14, 2021

Charred oak barrels that were once used to age bourbon have found new life as they get repurposed for a variety of foods and beverages to add a new flavor profile to familiar delicacies. But how much can an old bourbon-soaked barrel change the chemical makeup? LECO used ChromaTOF® Tile to differentiate regular and barrel-aged maple syrups and quantify the difference.

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Using GCxGC to see MOSH and MOAH

April 1, 2021

LECO Pegasus BT 4DFood contamination by mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH), which is usually separated into the subclasses of MOSH (Mineral Oil Saturated Hydrocarbons) and MOAH (Mineral Oil Aromatic Hydrocarbons), is a growing concern across the EU and the world. In 2012, the European Food Safety Authority flagged them as a potential health concern, and the increasing research since then has only been expanding our understanding of these hydrocarbons. However, the two main analytical methods suggested to quantify these substances, either an off-line method consisting of a solid phase extraction (SPE) followed by a GC-FID analysis or an on-line, LC-GC-FID method, both can result in inaccuracies and leads to challenges in the end results. Some of these inaccuracies are due to the lack of a strong and robust confirmatory method. However, a GCxGC-TOFMS system, like LECO's Pegasus® BT 4D can help unveil the complexity of contaminated food samples. It has also been suggested by the EFSA to be used as a confirmatory tool in case of uncertain results from other standard methods.

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ChromaTOF® Tile for GCxGC Analyses

January 29, 2021

LECO has released a revolutionary new data analysis software for GCxGC data: ChromaTOF Tile. This software provides an industry-first data comparison tool that identifies statistically significant differences between classes of samples, reducing days-to- weeks of work down to hours, or even minutes. Based on Dr. Robert Synovec’s tile-based Fisher ratio analysis, ChromaTOF Tile partitions the data into a set of regions (tiles) and compares regionalized data. This allows it to disregard normal variances of alignment shifts to focus on where the actual differences are, so users can stop looking at their data and start actually using it.

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Deciphering Complex Tomatoes and Pesticide Residues with GCxGC-TOFMS

January 26, 2021

Tomatoes are the second-most important vegetable crop in the world (arguments over whether or not it should be called a fruit or a vegetable aside!), and thus it is critically important that tomato yields are kept high. Pesticides are the easiest way to control populations that might destroy crops, but we must make sure that the resulting tomatoes are not contaminated. With GCxGC-TOFMS, recognizing and identifying pesticide residue in tomatoes is easier than ever.

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The Difference between Frankincense and Myrrh

December 16, 2020

It's that time of year again, when holiday songs play 24/7 on the radio and people start wondering what, exactly, frankincense and myrrh are and why they make good gifts. LECO placed these two oils in a Pegasus® BT 4D to see the difference.

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Determining MOSH/MOAH with GCxGC-TOFMS

April 23, 2020

Contamination of food by mineral oil hydrocarbons such as mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) has been a growing concern since 2012, when the European Food Safety Authority flagged them as a potential health concern. While the main concerns are bioaccumulation from MOSH and the carcinogenicity of MOAH, data on consumer exposure is incomplete. Prevailing wisdom suggests we make every effort to minimize MOSH/MOAH contamination, however, MOSH/MOAH analysis is not easy. Though there is a standard European GC-FID method, countries are still discussing GC-MS standard methods for MOSH/MOAH analysis. The existing methods struggle to deconvolute the various hydrocarbons.

Enter the LECO Pegasus® BT 4D with GCxGC-TOFMS.

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Medical Investigation using Breath Analysis and GCxGC-TOFMS: Optimizing Data for Accurate Treatment

March 19, 2020

At our ASMS breakfast seminars, Jean-François (Jef) Focant, Head of the Department of Chemistry and Director of the Organic and Biological Analytical Chemistry group at the University of Liège, Belgium, spoke about using our Pegasus® BT 4D and Pegasus® GC-HRT 4D for GCxGC-TOFMS on the breath of asthma patients to improve asthma treatment*. Before diving into the blood and sputum, Jef first educated us on the importance of optimizing your data.

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Our Lab at Your Front Door

February 26, 2020

LECO understands that taking time away from your lab to visit our headquarters in Saint Joseph, Michigan, is not always a possibility. Travel alone is a hassle, much less the downtime of being away from your lab and the expense of all of the arrangements. Unfortunately, even our bench-top Pegasus® GC-TOFMS is a bit too large to slip into a carry-on for an in-person experience. Webinars and virtual demonstrations have come a long way in bringing new technology closer for your inspection, but there's nothing like getting to kick the tires and have a hands-on experience to really know what you could be adding to your lab. What’s a busy lab manager to do?

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ASMS in Review: Frank Dorman, Penn State

August 20, 2019

Frank Dorman, an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University, spoke at our ASMS breakfast seminar about his experience using our Pegasus BT 4D benchtop GCxGC-TOFMS to analyze environmental contamination in the Susquehanna river. Due to the increasing chemical complexity of the environment, GCxGC-TOFMS with its Non-Targeted compound analysis is the ideal technology for these intricate samples.

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LECO Releases New Flow Modulator—FLUX™

January 23, 2019

LECO is pleased to introduce a new FLUX™ flow modulator option for routine GCxGC analysis. While LECO’s traditional thermal modulation alternative is still available and provides for the highest sensitivity, the FLUX flow modulator is a cost-effective option that makes GCxGC more accessible and easy to use.

The new flow modulator’s extraordinarily simple design is based on the principles of John Seeley et al. This straightforward design makes the flow modulator easy for the user to set up and start performing GCxGC analysis. The flow-based modulator is ideal for users who want to perform robust GCxGC analysis, but do not need the sensitivity of standard quad jet thermal modulation. Ideal samples are complex, but relatively concentrated. Our early users program has given us tremendously positive feedback.


Another advantage of the FLUX flow modulator is that it does not require cryogens to carry out GCxGC, saving the user time and resources in their lab. Method development is also simplified, as there are only two parameters for the user to manage; the flows are handled by software so the user does not have to set these themselves. The FLUX flow modulator is available for purchase with our Pegasus® BT 4D, and also for existing Pegasus BT owners who wish to upgrade their system to a GCxGC with FLUX.

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