Expert Insight: Environmental Webinar Series: Analysis of Long-Chain Petroleum Hydrocarbons and VOCs in Soil by GC-MS

11 May 2018

We’re hosting a webinar series on the analysis of long-chain petroleum hydrocarbon and volatile organic contaminants (VOCs) in soil by GC-MS to meet EPA guidelines. In this two-part educational series, industry experts will discuss approaches for hydrocarbon typing, methods for sample collection and preparation, techniques for routine testing of VOCs and new technology to boost laboratory efficiency and productivity.  


Watch Part I on demand: Analysis of Long-Chain Petroleum Hydrocarbons and VOCs in Soil by GC-MS >>

Many hundreds of hydrocarbons are found in and refined from crude oil. These petroleum hydrocarbons can include short volatile organic hydrocarbon compounds (VOCs) as well as longer (C10-28) diesel range hydrocarbons. These organic compounds are environmental contaminants with potentially harmful properties. Of particular concern is the leeching of such contaminants into drinking water sources. In this webinar, Joy Cocchiara, mass spectrometrist of Triton Analytics and Terry Jeffers, Senior GC-MS Application Chemist of Thermo Fisher Scientific, explore two approaches for contaminant analysis. 
The first is the use of NOISE, nitric oxide ionization spectroscopy, for structural determination of hydrocarbon components. This unique mass spectrometry approach enables compound typing by carbon number and degree of unsaturation, helping environmental scientists to identify oil spills, optimize hydrotreaters and make the most of new crude oil slates.
The second approach includes methods of sample collection and analysis specific to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in solid materials which follow established outline procedures e.g. EPA 5035A, standard in many environmental laboratories. This procedure is required for analytical methods using Purge and Trap Analysis.



Register for Part II: Instrument Demands on Routine Lab Analysis of VOCs in Soil Using EPA Regulated Methods >>

In this webinar, Mukesh Jani, President and Lab Director of Torrent Laboratory, a commercial contract laboratory, and Dr. Daniela Cavagnino, GC/GC-MS Product Marketing Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific, will present on the integration of a new GC-MS solution to increase productivity in the environmental laboratory. A case study will highlight the analysis of VOCs in soil after a petrochemical spill, based on U.S. EPA Method 8260, and our speakers will cover the evaluation of sampling and analysis techniques to meet the demands of routine testing. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to put your questions forward to our expert speakers during a Q&A session. 


Key Learning objectives

  • What is entailed in evaluation of soil gas sampling and analysis techniques from a petrochemical spill?
  • What does U.S. EPA Method 8260 prescribe for analyzing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in soil using GC-MS?
  • What are the special challenges of a commercial contract laboratory running several types of regulated methods?
  • What kind of GC-MS system is best for high-throughput, routine environmental labs?

Don’t worry if you cannot make the live event, register to watch on-demand here >>