Analytical GC chemists are continually striving to reduce analysis times, because shorter analysis times increase sample throughput, which translates to the completion of more billable samples per shift. However, any decrease in analysis time must not diminish the resolution necessary to adequately resolve peaks of interest, and identify specific elution patterns. Applying the Principles of Fast GC to any application can achieve both of these objectives.
The information presented will provide a background in the basic theory behind Fast GC, and highlight the practical aspects of making it work (often without having to invest a significant amount of money in new equipment). Popular applications, such as PAHs, GC-MS volatiles, GC-MS semivolatiles, FAMEs, and BTEX, will be shown.