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The "Automated Speciation Analyser" project has developed very successfully. In the course of the project three ASA instruments especially developed for speciation analysis have been constructed. Analytical targets to be determined with the ASA system are those element species, which can be derived to form volatile and stable compounds. After purge and trap (P and T) injection these compounds are separated in an isothermal multi-capillary gas chromatographic column (MC- GC). A technically simple element selective detection system enables the sensitive determination of the eluting compounds and by this the effective quantification of the element species in the analysed sample.

This first industrial prototype has been constructed by the German company Gerstel GmbH and Co.KG, Mulheim, which could be convinced by the consortium that the project's results are marketable. The instrument is currently in continuous development towards a new European product to be spread especially in small and medium sized laboratories. The newly developed ASA instrument is suited for high-speed gas chromatography when the element selective detector is switched to the carbon selective mode. Because of the applied modem technology of multi-capillary gas chromatography the analysis speed could be increased by a factor of more than five.

As result of the ASA project a new high-tech analytical instrument has been developed which is small, very robust, cost effective, and easy to handle even for non-experienced staff. It has been presented in its final instrument design at the ACHEMA conference in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (May 22-25/2000).0).

Additional information

Authors: BUSCHER W, Institut fur Chemo-und Biosensorik, Munster, (DE);LOBINSKI R, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Pau (FR);ADAMS F.C, Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen, Wilrijk (BG) European Commission Measurement and Testing Programme, Brussels (BG);QUEVAUVILLER PH,
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19704 EN (2001). Pp.70 Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32-2-2958220
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-0506-6
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