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Issue 2, 2015
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Quantitative carbon detector (QCD) for calibration-free, high-resolution characterization of complex mixtures

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Abstract

Current research of complex chemical systems, including biomass pyrolysis, petroleum refining, and wastewater remediation requires analysis of large analyte mixtures (>100 compounds). Quantification of each carbon-containing analyte by existing methods (flame ionization detection) requires extensive identification and calibration. In this work, we describe an integrated microreactor system called the Quantitative Carbon Detector (QCD) for use with current gas chromatography techniques for calibration-free quantitation of analyte mixtures. Combined heating, catalytic combustion, methanation and gas co-reactant mixing within a single modular reactor fully converts all analytes to methane (>99.9%) within a thermodynamic operable regime. Residence time distribution of the QCD reveals negligible loss in chromatographic resolution consistent with fine separation of complex mixtures including cellulose pyrolysis products.

Graphical abstract: Quantitative carbon detector (QCD) for calibration-free, high-resolution characterization of complex mixtures

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The article was received on 06 Oct 2014, accepted on 06 Nov 2014 and first published on 06 Nov 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4LC01180E
Citation: Lab Chip, 2015,15, 440-447
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    Quantitative carbon detector (QCD) for calibration-free, high-resolution characterization of complex mixtures

    S. Maduskar, A. R. Teixeira, A. D. Paulsen, C. Krumm, T. J. Mountziaris, W. Fan and P. J. Dauenhauer, Lab Chip, 2015, 15, 440
    DOI: 10.1039/C4LC01180E

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