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Thin Layer Chromatography helps identify antioxidants in cacti

Our friends at recently published an article about how thin layer chromatography is being used to help identify powerful antioxidants in the Pereskia bleo plant.Photographs-of-different-plant-parts-of-P-bleo-and-P-grandifolia-a-Flower-of-P_small.png

Here’s some excerpts:

Pereskia bleo is among 17 species of Pereskia cacti, consumed as a vegetable as well as being used as a traditional herbal medicine in Latin America and Asia. Its leaves have been used to treat diseases associated with inflammation, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and even cancer. Supporting its medical use, analyses have shown that P. bleo contains several bioactive elements, including alkaloids, flavonoids, sterols, terpenoids and carotenoids.

To properly analyse herbal extracts, chromatographic analysis of the entire sample should be used.

However, the major systems used for analysis – NMR, GC-MS and HPLC-MS – are prohibitively expensive in developing countries, where herbal extracts are most widely used. A more affordable alternative is thin-layer chromatography

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Celebrating 40 years with Terry McVey

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We are fortunate to have the skills, insights, and dedication of Terry McVey for the past 40 years!

Terry is our Production Manager, he’s responsible for overseeing the production of thousands of Thin Layer Chromatography Plates every week.

Terry is an active volunteer for a variety of community organizations and a great example for all of us.20150415 120725 resized 600

Here’s Terry talking about being here for 40 years: 

Preparing for NAOSMM in Niagara Falls

The 2013 Conference of the National Association of Scientific Materials Managers (NAOSMM) is scheduled for the week of July 29.

We’re looking forward to a full week of discussing new developments in chromatography, science materials, and the genius of Nikola Tesla!

If you’re attending the conference, we hope you’ll spend some time with us – if you can’t make it this year, please check back for updates!

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Chromatography and Culture in Japan

We were privileged to be part of a trade mission from the state of Delaware to Japan.

During the trip, we met with business, government, and education leaders. We talked chemistry, chromatography, culture, history, and more.

We are grateful to the State of Delaware Office of International Trade, the U.S. Commercial Service office in Tokyo, and the Miyagi Prefectureal Government for making this trip such a great success.

Celebrating the Best Administrative Professionals Around!

Administrative Professionals Day has been celebrated in the United States since 1952.DSC 0184 resized 600

We wanted to make sure our Administrative Professionals know how much they are valued and appreciated – so Erica Swift and Laurie Jones arrived at the office to find a red carpet rolled out for them, the whole company applauding them through the hallways, and Hollywood-type stars in their office.

There’s more surprises planned throughout the day, but we wanted to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge the great work Ericaand Laurie do in keeping things running smoothely and making sure the world has access to the best chromatography products around!describe the image

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NAOSMM 2012 update

The 39th Annual Conference of the National Association of Scientific Materials Managers is well underway – and we are thrilled to be part of the show in Albuquerque, New Mexico.2012 07 30 08 31 21 197 resized 600

From opening with a lesson in Native American culture to sessions on a wide variety of subjects to meeting several great new NAOSMM attendees, this is shaping up to be one of the best conferences in NAOSMM’s rich history.

Here’s a look at our time in Albuquerque:

And here’s a look at the incredible welcome we got from Gregg Analla of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center:

Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley

We are proud to announce that we are now members of the Chromatography Forum of Delaware Valley.

The Chromatography Forum of Delaware Valley is one of the world’s first and most active discussion groups in Chromatography and Separation Science.Steven Miles, Dr. Wyatt Vreeland, Karyn Usher, Joe Foley

Since 1966, the CFDV has offered monthly meetings, short courses, symposia and awards in the Philadelphia area. This all-volunteer, non-profit group is made of people from the chemical industry, pharmaceutical companies great and small, food manufacturers, flavors, polymers, forensics, environmental, clinical, research institutes, instrument manufacturers, and universities both faculty and students.

Dr. VreelandOn December 6, we were fortunate to hear from Dr. Wyatt Vreeland, a Research Chemical Engineer in the Macromolecular Structure and Function group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Dr. Vreeland spoke about Microfluidics, which has long been touted as a critical enabling technology for the next generation of chemical and biological analyses. In fact, microfluidics is a very active area of research with journals focusing on lab-on-a-chip technologies and their applications often garnering the highest impact factors in the analytical chemistry community’s archival literature.

EAS – Celebrating 50 years

We are at the 50th Annual Easterna Analytical Symposium in Somerset, New Jersey.

It’s an honor to be celebrating 50 years of separation science with such a great organization – here’s a look at this morning’s opening ceremonies and a talk with EAS President David Russell: