Ultra-fast essential oil characterization by capillary GC on 50 μm ID column

Luigi Mondello, Robert Shellie, Alessandro Casilli, Peter Quinto Tranchida, Philip Marriott, Giovanni Dugo

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A 5 m × 50 μm capillary column with 0.05 μm stationary phase film thickness, with a calculated efficiency of almost 20,000 plates per metre (under optimum conditions), was used for very fast high resolution GC analysis of lime essential oil. The total analysis time of this volatile essential oil was less than 90 s. Fast GC is shown to be appropriate for essential oil quality assurance analysis, and quantitative results of key components are comparable with those obtained by using conventional GC analysis. The fast GC analysis is approximately 33 times faster than the conventional GC method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-702
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Separation Science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Essential oils
  • Fast capillary GC
  • Lime oil

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