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Headspace Gas Chromatography Methods and their Potential Industrial Applications

[ Vol. 1 , Issue. 2 ]


Itxaso S. Roman, Maria L. Alonso, Luis Bartolom√© and Rosa M. Alonso   Pages 100 - 121 ( 22 )


This article reviews the most recent and significant advances in headspace gas chromatography (HS-GC). The evolution and potential industrial applications in the last five years (2008 to present) are reviewed and discussed. The topics include a brief overview of the recent advances in HS-GC techniques and theory, followed by examples of new applications and instrumentation for the different headspace analysis techniques. The three main techniques of headspace sampling such as static, dynamic, and solid-phase microextraction (SPME) are described and a discussion of their advantages and limitations is included. Different designs of headspace devices, coupled techniques and chemometric data treatments used in HS-GC analysis are also briefly described. The potential industrial applications include environmental, clinical, materials, biological, food, flavour and pharmaceutical analysis. This report clearly illustrates that research in HS-GC is very active and growing, with new applications being reported regularly.


Dynamic headspace, headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME), industrial applications, static headspace.


General Analytical Services, Advanced Research Facilities (SGIker), University of the Basque Country/ EHU, Barrio Sarriena s/n P.O. Box 48940 Leioa, Bizkaia, Spain.

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