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Application Note 270

Trace-level analysis of VOCs in a tomato product using headspace extraction with large volume preconcentration (LVP) and multi-step enrichment (MSE)

Application Note 270

In this application note, we demonstrate a novel technique – large volume preconcentration (LVP) – for enhancing traditional headspace analysis of trace-level volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that contribute to aroma and flavour in tomato paste.

Using the Centri® sample extraction and enrichment platform in headspace–trap mode, the extracted analytes are preconcentrated on an electrically-cooled, cryogen-free focusing trap. This allows for large extraction volumes to be used (up to 5 mL) while maintaining optimum chromatographic performance.

We also highlight the benefits of multi-step enrichment (MSE), whereby repeat extractions from a single vial or multiple vials are delivered to the trap prior to a single GC injection.

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