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Hyphenated Technology

When analyzing complex mixtures, evolved gases or competitors’ products deformulation for their complete characterization, material engineering researchers are required to use multiple analytical techniques demanding different sample preparation processes and resulting into loss of lab time.

Accelerate your research with the PerkinElmer Hyphenation Solution, a TGA, IR and GC/MS modular and multi-modality system integrated in a single platform, managed by an electronic control panel, enabling the complete characterization of samples with minimized sample preparation process. With its automated functions, your research can benefit from lower maintenance costs. PerkinElmer Hyphenation Solution reveals sample information and insights that will provide your laboratory with a competitive advantage that is simply not available with single system analyses, while you can rely on a single partner - from installation to application support.


Demystifying Challenges of Complete Sample Characterization

The analysis of complex mixtures, evolved gases, or competitors’ products for their complete characterization is often thought to be analytically and operationally challenging. The use of multiple analytical techniques demanding different sample preparation processes is required and often leads to loss of lab time, productivity, and revenue, resulting in sub-optimal research. This webinar will demystify the typical challenges encountered in the complete sample characterization with application examples of each modular configuration of the TG-IR-GC/MS PerkinElmer Hyphenation System.

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TG-IR: Thermogravimetric – Infrared Analysis

Because of its ability to detect functional groups in gas-phase, IR analysis allows greater understanding of the processes seen in the TGA. A sample is heated in the TGA, whereby, it decomposes and releases volatile materials and/or gaseous components as a result of material break-down. These gases Thermogravimetric properties are recorded and are then transferred to the IR cell via a high-fidelity transfer system where the components can be further characterized/identified.

  • State-of-the-art - ensure transfer of every component evolved in the TGA to the IR while maintaining complete sample integrity
  • Performance - Heated zero-gravity-effect 'ZGCell' gas cell for the PerkinElmer FT-IR instrument incorporating automatic accessory identification, low volume, and efficient sample area purging
  • Flexibility - Switch from TG-IR mode to TGA and/or IR only mode quickly and easily


TG-GC/MS: Thermogravimetric - Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry

The ability to detect very low levels of material (known and unknown) in complex mixtures makes the TG-GC/MS a powerful tool for quality control, safety, and product development. Heating a sample on the TGA causes a sample to release volatile materials and/or generate gaseous components upon decomposition. These gases are then transferred via a high-fidelity heated transfer system to the GC, where the components can be collected on a trapping media, in a gas sampling loop, or deposited on the head of a column. The sample can then be run by GC to separate the material, and the peaks identified by the MS.

  • TG-GC/MS Mode:
    • User customizable triggers based on temperature, time or weight change
    • Fast GC analysis with the GC 2400 Platform to achieve analysis of multiple weight losses during a single run
    • Ability to switch to ‘on-line’ direct-to-MS mode at the push of a button
  • PyroTG-GC/MS Mode:
    • Rapid pyrolysis of the sample at elevated temperature
    • Improved detection limits
    • Ability to measure samples in complex environmental matrices
    • Flexibility –switch from GC separation (TG-GC/MS mode) to Single Ion Monitoring (TG-MS mode) to TGA and/or GC/MS only mode quickly and easily


TG-IR-GC/MS: Thermogravimetric - Infrared - Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry

Hyphenating TG-IR-GC/MS is a powerful approach for analysis of an unknown mixture to determine its primary components and identify additives or contaminants. This information may be needed to evaluate a competitor’s product, determine compliance with regulations, or understand a material’s composition. The TG-IR-GC/MS configuration enables TG-IR-GC/MS analysis on a sample by moving every component in the off gases to the FT-IR and/or GC/MS after their evolution in the TGA while maintaining complete sample integrity.

A few advantages of this system include:

  • Performance- all the benefits of individual TG-IR and TG-GC/MS systems
  • Ability to collect real-time FT-IR data while carrying out the survey scan used to GC/MS data collection
  • Possibility of using each technique as stand alone or in any combination

Digital Controller and Intelligent Transfer Line

Digital Controller and Intelligent Transfer Line
  • User controllable flow rate (0-200 mL/min)
  • Individual temperature control for each part of the transfer line (ambient – 350 °C)
  • Constant pressure inside the TGA furnace
  • Quantitative and qualitative results can be reached as well as reproducible analysis without stagnation of corrosive gas in the furnace.
  • Selectable analysis modes in TGA-GC/MS:
    • GC/MS
    • ‘On-line’ direct-to-MS
    • Multiple injections for samples with multiple weight-losses

Applications of Hyphenated Technologies

  Bio-polymers gases degradation    
Chemical Identification    
Competitive analysis    
Fire Retardation (performance evaluation and identification)    
Graphene and CNT based batteries proof of successful hybridization    
Packaging materials
Petroleum, Lubricants, and Coal QA/QC & Research    
Polymer additives  
Process optimization  
Thermal Stability  
Carbohydrate analysis    
Fats and Oils    
Food Packaging  
Food quality  
Moisture analysis  
State transitions    
  Contaminated soil    
Formulation analysis    
Moisture analysis    
Residual solvent    
Trace amount Detection  
  Crystal shape evaluation    
Excipients compatibility  
Formulation analysis  
Moisture analysis    
Residual solvent
Shelf life  
Solid state characterization (polymorphism/pseudopolymorphism)    
Solvent-molecule binding energy      
Thermal degradation  
  Alkanes, cycloalkanes, aromatic hydrocarbons, and asphaltenes      
Battery research (i.e. lithium polymer (LiPo) electrolyte (SPE)    
Crystal Shape Evaluation      
Decomposition studies
Kinetic Analysis (i.e. pyrolysis, catalysis etc.    
Material Characterization    
Material Sciences  
Polymer separation and degradation    
Solvent molecule binding energy    
State transitions    
Unknown identification

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