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The Atomic Spectroscopy Gas chromatography Tandem System

Probably the most effective way to illustrate the versatility, sensitivity and general analytical value of Atomic Spectroscopy is to give some results from an Atomic Spectroscopy/gas chromatography tandem instrument. A diagram of the lay out of an Atomic Spectroscopy/gas chromatography tandem instrument is shown in figure 25.

Figure 25. A Diagram of an Atomic Spectroscopy/Gas chromatography Tandem Instrument

A somewhat complex gas supply is required to feed the various devices involved together with a basic capillary column gas chromatograph. The column eluent passes to a plasma ionisation unit and the light emitted fed to a spectrometer with a Diode Array sensor so that a wide range of radiation wavelengths are simultaneously monitored at regular time intervals. It follows that the emission or absorption of light of a selected wavelength can be recovered from the data and a chromatogram constructed based on the emission or absorption at that particular wavelength.

If the wavelength is chosen at which a particular element emits or absorbs light, a chromatogram can be constructed that shows the elution of substances containing that element only. This procedure corresponds to the process of single ion monitoring used in mass spectrometry. In Atomic Spectroscopy it may be considered as single element monitoring. An example of a set of chromatograms of a mixture of substances containing eleven different elements based on this principal is shown in figure 26. Examination of these chromatograms demonstrates how useful the technique of Atomic Spectroscopy can be when coupled in tandem with separation techniques.


1. 4-Fluoroanisole 2.5 ng

2. 1-Bromohexane 2.6 ng

3. Triethylprthosilicate 2.1 ng

4. n-Perdeuterodecane 1.9 ng

5. nitrobenzene 2.7 ng

6. Triehyl phosphate 2.4 ng

7. Tert-Butyl Disulphide 2.1 ng

8. 1,2,4 Trichlorobenzene 2.7 ng

9. n-Dedcane 17 ng

10. n-Tridecane 5.1 ng

11. n-Tetradecane 5.1 ng


Figure 26. Chromatograms Constructed from Data Obtain by Monitoring the Gas Chromatographic Separation of an Eleven Component Mixture at Wavelengths corresponding to Radiation Absorbed or Emitted that are Characteristic of Specific Elements

The chromatograms are worth some detailed examination. It is seen that the separation is complete in less than 4 minutes and the sample size ranges from 2 to 17 ng. As all the solutes contain both carbon (λ=1930Å) and hydrogen (λ=4860Å) the first two chromatograms are very similar and contain peaks for all the samples. The third chromatogram monitors the radiation characteristic of the element nitrogen (λ=1740Å) and so there is a common peak shown in the chromatograms of nitrobenzene for the elements carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen . In addition, as the substance also contains oxygen (λ=1770Å) there is also peak corresponding to nitrobenzene in the chromatogram obtained by monitoring the oxygen content of the sample. In a similar manner a peak for 4-Fluoroanisole 2.5 ng occurs in the chromatograms monitored for the elements, carbon, hydrogen , oxygen and fluorine (λ=6900Å).


 

About the Author
RAYMOND PETER WILLIAM SCOTT was born on June 20 1924 in Erith, Kent, UK. He studied at the University of London, obtaining his B.Sc. degree in 1946 and his D.Sc. degree in 1960. After spending more than a decade at Benzole Producers, Ltd. Where he became head of the Physical Chemistry Laboratory, he moved to Unilever Research Laboratories as Manager of their Physical Chemistry department. In 1969 he became Director of Physical Chemistry at Hoffmann-La Roche, Nutley, NJ, U.S.A. and subsequently accepted the position of Director of the Applied Research Department at the Perkin-Elmer Corporation, Norwalk, CT, U.S.A.
In 1986 he became an independent consultant and was appointed Visiting Professor at Georgetown
University, Washington, DC, U.S.A. and at Berkbeck College of the University of London; in 1986 he retired but continues to write technical books dealing with various aspects of physical chemistry and physical chemical techniques. Dr. Scott has authored or co-authored over 200 peer reviewed scientific papers and authored, co-authored or edited over thirty books on various aspects of physical and analytical chemistry. Dr. Scott was a founding member of the British chromatography Society and received the American Chemical society Award in chromatography (1977), the M. S. Tswett chromatography Medal (1978), the Tswett chromatography Medal U.S.S.R., (1979), the A. J. P. Martin chromatography Award (1982) and the Royal Society of Chemistry Award in Analysis and Instrumentation (1988).
Dr. Scott’s activities in gas chromatography started at the inception of the technique, inventing the Heat of Combustion Detector (the precursor of the Flame Ionization Detector), pioneered work on high sensitivity detectors, high efficiency columns and presented fundamental treatments of the relationship between the theory and practice of the technique. He established the viability of the moving bed continuous preparative gas chromatography, examined both theoretically and experimentally those factors that controlled dispersion in packed beds and helped establish the gas chromatograph as a process monitoring instrument. Dr. Scott took and active part in the renaissance of liquid chromatography, was involved in the development of high performance liquid chromatography and invented the wire transport detector. He invented the liquid chromatography mass spectrometry transport interface, introduced micro-bore liquid chromatography columns and used them to provide columns of 750,000 theoretical plates and liquid chromatography separations in less than a second. Dr. Scott has always been a “hands-on” scientist with a remarkable record of accomplishments in chromatography ranging from hardware design to the development of fundamental theory. He has never shied away from questioning “conventional wisdom” and his original approach to problems has often produced significant breakthroughs.

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