Lab Equipment

Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (Varian CP-388 / Saturn 2200)

  1. Gas chromatography (GC), is a common type of chromatography used in analytical chemistry for separating and analysing compounds that can be vaporized without decomposition. Typical uses of GC include testing the purity of a particular gas substance, or separating the different components of a gas mixture (the relative amounts of such gas components can also be determined). In some situations, GC may help in identifying a compound. In preparative chromatography, GC can be used to prepare pure compounds from a mixture. The MS detector allows accurate determination of molecular species at much higher sensitivity for qualitative identification and quantitative determination of gas species. Our GC-MS is equipped with a pyrolyzer which allows decomposition of organic compounds on solids surfaces, which allows us to determine binding mechanism of organic species on solids and hence its role in oil sands extraction.