4-day Comprehensive GC Training (Agilent GC with OpenLAB ChemStation)

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Course summary

Course approval

This course has been approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry for purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). RSC members receive a discount of 10% for this course (membership number required) if booked at least 6 weeks in advance.

What will you learn on this course?

The 4-day Comprehensive GC Training course introduces the fundamental theory of GC along with the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of the Agilent Gas Chromatograph using GC OpenLAB ChemStation software.

This course includes an introduction to gas chromatography, troubleshooting and method development, OpenLAB configuration, an introduction to ChemStation, data acquisition and data analysis. It will discuss gas supply and handling; autosamplers; split/splitless and multi-mode inlets; capillary columns; detectors (FID, ECD and TCD); PC & data system; creating methods; integration and reporting; quantitation and calibrations; sequences and reprocessing; method maintenance and retention time locking. This course also covers troubleshooting and maintenance of the autosampler, inlet, column, detector and data systems.

It combines a mixture of classroom based presentations with hands-on hardware and software lab exercises, to give you comprehensive training.

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn the theory of gas chromatography and the importance of good chromatography
  • You will become familiar with the Agilent Gas Chromatograph and learn about the function & operation of individual GC components
  • You will learn the logical steps of instrument troubleshooting and method development
  • You will have practical experience of adjusting the parameters and performing maintenance of the GC instrument
  • You will review gas supply and gas handling, Agilent autosamplers, Agilent inlets including split-splitless and multi-mode, capillary columns, and detectors focusing on FID, ECD and TCD
  • You will learn about the operation of the OpenLAB ChemStation software
  • You will learn how to undertake installation, set-up and get an overview of the software
  • You will learn how to create a GC method on the software
  • You will learn how to analyse individual samples and create sequences for analysing multiple samples
  • You will undertake qualitative data analysis with a set of data files
  • You will undertake quantitative data analysis creating calibration curves and producing appropriate sample reports
  • You will learn about sample reprocessing and method maintenance
  • You will learn about retention time locking and its importance

Who is this course for?

This course is primarily for analysts and technicians responsible for the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of Agilent gas chromatographs using Agilent OpenLAB ChemStation software.

Delegates should have some knowledge of gas chromatography.

Please note the hands on training will take place on Agilent 7890 or 6890 but the training is suitable for all models of Agilent gas chromatographs.

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Quotes from previous attendees

"The course material was of a very high quality, as well as the whole organisation. (I enjoyed) the blend of theory and practical in the lab training."  Analytical research technician from a university (attended software course, December 2016).

"Far better (than other courses), more practical aspects than most and well informed presenter. (I enjoyed) practical training and troubleshooting."  Placement student, specialist government department (attended hardware courses, December 2016).

"(I enjoyed) friendliness and knowledge of instructors. Relevant to engineers."  Kelly Goulston, Cross Site HPLC Engineer, CBRE (May 2016).

"Quite simply presented, especially for one completely new to GC. Training content was solid and well delivered. Good ambience and great disposition of trainers (warm)."  Victoria Igwe-Michael, Lab Supervisor, Matrix Petrochem Ltd (February 2015).

"(I enjoyed) frequent visits to the lab and daily practice modules completed."  Okechukwu Ofoma, Chemical Engineer, Matrix Petrochem Ltd (February 2015).

"Very good - interactive."  Samuel Idire, Lab Technician, Matrix Petrochem Ltd (February 2015).

"[I enjoyed] GC theory & software navigation, also very ethusiastic and patient trainers which given the amount present was very impressive."  Mary Hamilton, Rothamsted Research (February 2015).

"It was possible for me to get an understanding of the GC without any prior experience."  Research Technician, The Open University (August 2014).

"I enjoyed the course content. It was very detailed and taught me about different areas of ChemStation that I didn't know about."  Christine Kamukwanyama, Forensic Scientist at the National Forensic Science Institute in Namibia.

"I Enjoyed the professional presentation and the alternation of theoretical + exercises + practical activities."  Simona Nicoara, Research Associate, The Open University.