A rugged and reliable choice for the analysis of glycols in water
29 September 2020

From airplane and runway deicing to hydraulic fracturing operations, glycols are common chemicals used in industry, and as a result, chemical and environmental laboratories often test samples for their presence. However, the most frequently used sample introduction technique—direct aqueous injection—puts a significant demand on the analytical column and injection port liner. The columns best suited for water injections employ polyethylene glycol (PEG) stationary phases. PEG phases offer a unique selectivity, and their polar nature is compatible with an aqueous injection. An evaluation of ethylene glycol (EG) and propylene glycol (PG) response on PEG columns from a variety of vendors was conducted under optimized conditions and is presented here.