Making Formaldehyde by LC a thing of the past!

Due to its volatility, Formaldehyde is an ideal candidate for gas chromatography. Unfortunately, current methods for analysis were written over thirty years ago when GC/FID wasn’t sensitive enough to meet screening levels. Ongoing innovations in reactor technology make Formaldehyde by GC the preferred approach. Add a Polyarc® or Jetanizer™ to your system to achieve both increased sensitivity and lower detection limits without sample derivatization.

Formaldehyde by GC using a Jetanizer™

Experimental Conditions:
Inlet: 5:1 Split, 200°C
Oven: 40°C for 2 minutes
Ramp: 15°/min to 200° (hold 2 min)
Column: DB-1
Carrier Gas: Hydrogen, 5ml/min
Detector: Jetanizer at 400°C

Gas Chromatography with In Situ Catalytic Hydrogenolysis and Flame Ionization Detection for the Direct Measurement of Formaldehyde and Acetaldehyde in Challenging Matrices.
-Jim Luong, Dow Chemical Canada ULC

Conventional GC/FID versus Polyarc®/FID

Experimental Conditions:
Inlet: 100:1 Split, 250°C
Oven: 100°C for 2 minutes
Ramp: 10°/min to 140°
Column: DB-5
Carrier Gas: Helium, 2ml/min
Detector: Polyarc Reactor (FID 300°C)

Accurate Quantification of CO and CO2, Formamide, Formaldehyde, and Formic Acid using the Polyarc® Reactor
-Paul Dauenhauer, University of Minnesota


The Polyarc has enabled me to conveniently quantify low levels of formaldehyde with high level of repeatability. So far, I think it’s a very powerful analytical tool and greatly improves the performance/sensitivity of the FID for substances like formaldehyde which would rather be difficult or nearly impossible to quantify. The Polyarc reactor is the baby of my research.

Abubakar Yusuf Energy Technologies PhD Student, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

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