May 01, 2013

DIY Arduino-controlled Gas Chromatograph

 If you're interested in using gas chromatography on the cheap, this project may be of interest. Before moving any further, gas chromatography is (according to Wikipedia):

... a common type of chromatography used in analytical chemistry for separating and analysing compounds that can be vaporized without decompositionTypical uses of GC include testing the purity of a particular substance, or separating the different components of a mixture (the relative amounts of such components can also be determined). In some situations, GC may help in identifying a compound. Inpreparative chromatography, GC can be used to prepare pure compounds from a mixture.

Arduino forum member "Harristotle" has documented the build and sketch for his own version of a GC machine, which uses borosilicate glass pipe filled with silica gel to separate and identify halogenated alkanes. The pipe is inserted into a custom oven whose temperature is controlled via the Arduino. 

It's an interesting device even if you don't have a use for it, or if you do - log in to the Arduino forum for details and discussion. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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