Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
GC-MS is an incredibly powerful method for quantifying and identifying highly volatile compounds. The elements contained within a sample are separated based on volatility as they travel through the gas chromatograph. The mass spectrometer then identifies each element present in the compound based on its mass spectrum. A GC-MS instrument will deliver data on both the identity and quantity of each element.
GC-MS can separate extremely minute quantities of a given element within a complex mixture, allowing for identification of contaminants and foreign bodies on a micro scale. This is crucial for conducting assays and purity analyses of raw materials, assessing the quality of custom compounds, and investigating performance issues or product failures.
GC-MS is also a valuable tool for studying and comparing different products. A GC-MS instrument can deliver a complete breakdown of a product’s formulation, which can be benchmarked against a similar product for comparison. This is ideal for assessing newer generations of a legacy product or formulation or investigating a competitor product.
GC-MS analysis is compatible with solid, liquid, and gaseous materials and samples, making the applications for this powerful technique virtually limitless. Companies may benefit from GC-MS data to support formula reconstruction projects, failure analyses, raw materials assays, and more.
ACE Laboratories is an accredited rubber testing laboratory providing GC-MS analysis services for a variety of materials. Our test methods include: