Gas chromatography: Separating inseparables, identifying unidentifiables (ARC LIEF grant administered by Monash University) (2018–2019)
This facility aims to provide researchers with an integrated capability for separation, isolation, and precise structural identification of volatile compounds. It expects to deliver a systematic solution using unprecedented automated prep-scale multidimensional gas chromatographic separation, isolating pure compounds for off-line characterisation using appropriate spectroscopic tools e.g. nuclear magnetic resonance. Mass spectrometry alone is often inadequate for characterisation in separation methods, for low abundance and/or structurally similar compounds. This should provide significantly better characterisation of chemical mixtures with benefits to e.g. natural product monitoring and allergen identification and interaction with cells.