Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) with AccuVap Evaporation Module (AVM)

Adding an AccuVap Concentration Module to your PrepLinc GPC Cleanup System eliminates the need for a separate bulk evaporation step after collection. AccuVap offers concentration of solvent directly from the collect phase of your GPC, AccuVap FLX also allows offline concentration.


PrepLinc - the modular system for automated sample cleanup

Using our experience with GPC Cleanup, J2 Scientific has perfected it on this new platform.  All the unique features of previous models are combined with high-powered software and the ability for further automation by combining GPC with other prep processes on the PrepLinc™.

The PrepLinc™ GPC Cleanup Module provides another level of functionality to the PrepLinc™ system.  The ability to combine GPC Cleanup with Automated Concentration and/or SPE on the PrepLinc™ system, completes the sample prep package.

PrepLinc GPC Cleanup Module

Standout Features:

  • Direct Inject - inject the entire sample onto the column
  • Septum piercing standard for sample & collect vials
  • Probe tracking & user-defined rinses
  • 2- or 5-column selector valve
  • UPS Power Watchdog
  • Sample Dilution
  • Multiple Injections
  • Specialized calibration & reporting software features for GPC
  • Create methods directly from the column calibration file
  • Use with low-pressure glass or high pressure columns
  • Integrate with PrepLinc SPE and AccuVap modules



 GPC Method Editor

  • Programmable dilution prior to injection
  • Different flow rate during equilibration
  • User defined rinses
  • Collect fraction flow directed to SPE column
  • Collect fration flow directed to AccuVap
  • Program multiple collect
  • fractions; direct  each to vial, SPE or AccuVap individually

GPC Cleanup Reports

The PrepLinc™ software makes keeping track of your column calibration and sample data easy.  Create Method and Configuration reports to report sytsem setup.  Create Sequence reports with time/date stamps.  Create Calibration and Comparison reports in compliance with Method 3640a and CLP guidlines.  Quickly determine if a column calibration has met pass/fail requirements and print a report to prove it!


PrepLinc GPC with AccuVap

Unlike other semi-automated evaporation systems, the AccuVap™ will automatically solvent exchange and quantitatively transfer your sample to a GC vial ready for analysis. Powerful software controls heat and vacuum at every stage of the process to protect analyte recoveries. Programmable heated rinses
eliminate carryover.

  • Save time and improve results.
  • Free up lab technicians and decrease sample handling.
  • Adding the AccuVap™ to your PrepLinc™ system will really automate your world!

Evaporation Chamber
Enclosed evaporation chamber with three programmable zones for heat and vacuum.

Vacuum Control
Control vacuum settings for each chamber zone, and for each stage to fi ne tune evaporation of solvent mixes


Choose momentary dryness or adjustable endpoint as the concentration endpoint.
Add a standard or a keeper solution.

Program multiple solvent exchanges, adjusting heat and vacuum as the mix of solvent changes.


Transfer portion of sample if quantitated in chamber or entire sample with rinses. Air purge of transfer lines.

Autosampler Options

Choose the autosampler size based on desired batch capacity and level of integration with other PrepLinc modules.  Choose Model AS2 autosampler for capacities up to 72 samples per batch and integration with up to two SPEi column modules.  Choose Model AS4 autosampler for capacities up to 200 and full SPEi integration.


Application Notes

Decreasing the Cost of GPC Cleanup of Extracts for Trace Pesticide Analysis

Application Note 105
Gel Permeation Chromatography is a size-exclusion liquid chromatography method used to remove lipids, sulfur and other co-extractives from environmental and food matrices prior to analytical analysis. It is a desirable technique because it is non-destructive and separates based on molecular size.
GPC Cleanup, while a beneficial cleanup technique, has been criticized for its solvent and time investments. GPC Cleanup using the traditional glass column requires one hour per sample and about 300mL of mobile phase solvent. Additionally, the traditional mobile phase is methylene chloride (DCM), a chlorinated solvent that requires expensive disposal.
To significantly decrease the cost of GPC Cleanup, the run time must be shortened. Simply increasing the mobile phase flow rate may speed the processing time, but will not decrease the amount of solvent used. It will also create pressure problems with the column. Another way to increase sample throughput while decreasing solvent consumption is to decrease the bed volume of the column. The lower bed volume will decrease the run time, thus decreasing the amount of solvent used to process each sample. There are, however, drawbacks to decreasing column bed length in some situations.

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Keeping the Nations Beef Supply Safe from Chronic Levels of Chlorinated Pesticides and Flame Retardants

Application Note 110

The USDA FSIS National Residue Program mandates the testing of domestic meat to prevent violative levels of persistent pollutants like chlorinated pesticides from entering the food supply. Recent findings have prompted an interest in flame retardant levels in meat. Flame retardant compounds, like hexabromobiphenyl, are commonly found in flame retardants and enter the animal by ingestion of retardant-treated items. Little is known of the toxicity of fire retardant compounds in humans, but research in rodents suggests they are associated with cancer, endocrine disruption and brain impairment. Like chlorinated pesticides, fire retardant compounds are highly lipophilic and tend to accumulate in fatty tissue of animals in the food chain.
The standard method for determining chlorinated pesticide residue levels in meat employs GPC Cleanup with GC/ECD detection. In this study the flame retardant compound hexabromobiphenyl was simultaneously determined with a standard list of 20 chlorinated pesticides. Advances in GPC Cleanup column technology allows for a decrease in run time, keeping the entire procedure, extraction through analysis, close to 1 hour per sample.

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Comparison of different methods of purification of environmental samples for analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

Application Note 132

Currently, 12 substances are regulated by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) signed in May 2001 by 127 countries, and the work on finding new candidate chemicals to the convention has started. One group of substances in focus is polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). They are formed during all types of incomplete combustion of organic matter, and they exhibit the characteristic POPs properties: persistence, bio-accumulation, adverse effects and potential for long-range environmental transportation to a certain extent. Many of the PAHs are carcinogenic, they are also believed to exhibit reproductive effects, as well as immune system inhibiting properties, genotoxicity and mutagenicity.
The development of innovative analytical methods for determination of PAHs has been and is of fundamental importance, due to the high carcinogenicity of these compounds. The quali-quantitative analysis of PAHs is an important challenge due to the low concentration at which these hydrocarbons may be present.

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Automated cleaning of dietary supplements for pesticide resudies using GPC-SPE-Evaporation

Application Note 131

The use of Dietary Supplements by consumers has grown from <10% of the population to ~50% of the population over 10 years (US). Ginseng, one of the most popular botanical supplements, is a root crop requiring 4-7 years to mature. The long growing period increase the risk of fungal and insect attack. Numerous chlorinated pesticides, namely PCNB (Quintozene) and Tricyclazole are frequently found in ginseng samples. FDA & private laboratory testing revealed major contamination problems in the 1990’s which still persist today making residue monitoring a high priority. While many supplements can be routinely tested using modern techniques (QuEChERS), many chlorinated residues and high-lipid/saponin matrices can create challenges for this modern technique. Florisil column clean up (SPE) and Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) are utilized for such matrices. Historical GPC involved significant time and resources from the analyst to collect fractions, evaporate them and perform various solvent exchanges & SPE. Using the new-generation PrepLinc™ system, these functions are fully automated creating a ready-to-inject sample in an autosampler vial making GPC viable again for production laboratories. This poster (the first in a series) will introduce the system and briefly outline the methods utilized for sample preparation & provide matrix examples. Future posters/papers will provide further detail on the project.

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Combined GPC and On-Line Carbon Cleanup Technique for Isotopic Dilution High Resolution PCDD/PCDF Methods

Application Note 120
Extract purification for pico- or nanogram scale GC/MS is time consuming, laborious and costly, and may suffer from performance variations in manual cleanup chromatography. Size exclusion (GPC) followed by adsorptive chromatography is useful for cleanup of biota, soil and sediment extracts for high resolution PCDD/PCDF analyses. GPC cleanup of extracts is allowed or encouraged in several EPA methods and is of great value to laboratories practicing such analyses. Sample extract cleanup for PCDD./PCDF always involve a carbon column stage. Sample concentrate, typically after other cleanups, is passed onto carbon and forward elution drives out various interferences. Reverse elution utilizes solvent containing a component (e.g. toluene) having great affinity for carbon. This disgorges PCDD/PCDF congeners into an eluate ready for evaporation and analysis.
In this study GPC eluate was forward eluted through a carbon cartridge (bed of powder mixed with granular substrate, packed between two frits) placed in line after the GPC column. During forward elution, target compounds collect at or near the column head while interferences are flushed forward. Valve switching enables reverse elution with toluene for collection of targets. Thus PCDD/PCDF sample cleanup can be conducted in highly automated fashion with minimal operator contact.

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Determination of Haloacetic Acids in Aquueous Environments by Solid Phase Extraction

Application Note 30
Chlorination of drinking water has been a commonly practiced method of disinfection for over a century. However, the disinfection by-products arising from the reaction of organic material in the water and chlorine may give rise to certain aberrant carcinogenic effects. EPA Method 552.1 and 552.3 prescribe procedures for testing of haloacid constituents in drinking water by ion-exchange or micro extraction, followed by esterification and quantitation by GC-ECD.
In this study, the 552.1 ion-exchange method is automated for different water samples to afford increased reproducibility, unattended operation, and consistency of sample loading and elution.

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<strong>Application Notes and Literature of Our Users</strong>
  • Maximizing Lipid Load With 2-Dimensional GPC Cleanup
  • QuEChERS, SPE and GPC: A Comparison of Sample Preparation Techniques for Analysis of Pesticides in Problematic Matrices
  • Automated GPC with Inline SPE to Improve Sample Cleanup Without Adding Time or Solvent
  • Additional cleanup for DIN EN 12393 minimising matrix effects and improving result quality in GC-MS
  • A Combined SPE Method for Analysis of Chloroacetic Acids in Drinking Water
  • Bestimmung von leichten und schweren polycyclischen aromatischen Kohlenwasserstoffen (PAKs) in Fetten und Ölen pflanzlicher und tierischer Herkunft mittels automatisierter 2D-GPC und anschließender GC-MS-Detektion
  • Automatisierte Probenvorbereitung für die Bestimmung von Pestizidrückständen in hocheffizienten Laboratorien mit GPC-GC-MS/MS und -LC-MS/MS
  • Maximierte Probenaufgabe mit zweidimensionaler Gelpermeationschromatografie (2D-GPC)
  • Automatisierung der Bausteine GPC, C1 und C2 der Methode L 00.00-34
  • Cleanup-Methode für Nahrungsergänzungsmittel wie z.B. Ginseng
  • Modifizierte Cleanup-Methode für Dioxine und persistente organische Schadstoffe (POPs)
  • Automatisierung der Wasserextraktion mit dem SPE-Wasserextraktionssystem LVi
  • Traditionelles Dioxin-Cleanup mit dem PrepLinc System
  • Wiederauffindungsraten unterschiedlicher Pflanzenschutzmittel mit GPC und AccuVap
  • Erfahrungen zur Automatisierung des GPC-Reinigungsver fahrens bei der Untersuchung von tierischen Lebensmitteln auf Chlorkohlenwasserstoffe
  • Der Einsatz der automatischen Gelchromatographie zur Reinigung von Pesticidextrakten Organochlor
  • Pflanzenbehandlungsmittel in Tabak und Tabakerzeugnissen
  • Bestimmung der Fungizide Bitertanol, Fuberidazol, Imazalil, Rabenzazole, Triadimefon und Triadimenol in Pflanzen und Boden
  • Methode zur Aufarbeitung von Lebensmitteln und Futtermitteln pflanzlicher und tierischer Herkunft für die Multirückstandsbestimmung lipoid- und wasserlöslicher Pflanzenbehandlungsmittel
  • Zur Analytik von Chlorkohlenwasserstoffen in Zwiebeln nach Reinigung mit der Gelpermeationschromatographie
  • Schnelle Untersuchung von Milch auf chlorierte Kohlenwasserstoffe mittels automatischer Gelchromatographie
  • Automatisierte Gelchromatographie als Reinigungsverfahren zum Nachweis von ECD-erfaßbaren Wirkstoffen, chlorierten Kohlenwasserstoffen, Pentachlorphenol sowie von Diphenyl und o-Phenylphenol in pflanzlichen Materialien
  • Untersuchungen zum Einsatz der Gelpermeationschromatograpie in der Rückstandsanalytik
  • Nachweis von Aflatoxin B1 in Futtermitteln für Milchtiere
  • Bestimmung der Rückstände von aromatischen Dinitroverbindungen mittels gelchromatischer Reinigung
  • Die Gelpermeationschromatographie, eine universelle Reinigungsmethode in der Analytik von Pflanzenschutzmitteln
  • Untersuchungen zur Messung und Bewertung von Rückständen des Ektoparasitenbekämpfungsmittels Phoxim in Milch
  • Methode zur Aufarbeitung von Lebensmitteln und Futtermitteln pflanzlicher und tierischer Herkunft für die
  • Multirückstandsbestimmung lipoid- und wasserlöslicher Pflanzenbehandlungsmittel
  • Untersuchungen zur Gelchromatograpie (GPC) als Reinigungsverfahren in der Rückstandsanalytik von Tierarzneimitteln
  • Eine schnelle Methode zur Bestimmung des Ebergeruchsteroids Androstenon
  • Analysenverfahren zur Bestimmung von polychlorierten Dibenzodioxinen und Dibenzofuranen in Frauenmilch
  • Untersuchungen zum Vorkommen von Moschus-Xylol in Fischen
  • GPC-clean up von fetthaltigen Matrizes in der Rückstandsanalytik unter Verwendung von OPTIMA-Säulen
  • Entwicklung einer Methode zur Bestimmung von Nitromoschusverbindungen im Hausstaub

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