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GC Headspace

This half day course provides a comprehensive coverage of the most common approaches associated with static headspace methods used in GC.

We look at the foundation principles of the technique, then move to the practical aspects of operation, instrumentationm troubleshooting and optimisation/development of conditions.

  • A half day course, delivered face-to-face or online
  • We limit numbers to 12 per course so that each delegate gets the opportunity to ask questions and fully participate in tutorial exercises
  • When delivered on-site we can design the course material to suit your specific training needs

Who is this course for

This course is relevant to anyone using static headspace sampling for GC analysis. It is applicable to most instrument designs.

Previous knowledge

Good knowledge of chromatography and associated data.


 Course Outline


  • Headspace principles
  • Boyle's Law
  • Dalton's Law of partial pressures
  • Matrix effects

Instrument Design

  • Vial pressurisation methods
  • Pressure Testing
  • Sampling valve and carrier flow
  • Loop filling
  • Transfer line
  • Common problems and troubleshooting

Headspace Vials

  • Vial types
  • Closure types
  • Closure quality and pressure integrity
  • Vial size

Internal Standards

  • Selecting an internal standard
  • Evaluating and optimising internal standard performance

GC Requirements

  • Inlet types
  • Carrier requirements
  • Liner types
  • Oven conditions and focusing

Development and Optimisation of Conditions

  • Solvent selection (with workshop)
  • Oven conditions
  • Fill volume
  • Use of salt
  • Sampling conditions

Total Headspace Extraction

Multiple Headspace Extraction

Standard Addition method

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