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Techniques & Tools Spectroscopy, Sample Preparation, Metabolomics & Lipidomics, Liquid Chromatography

Landmark Literature: Part I

Love Is in the Air

By Victoria F. Samanidou, Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.

No matter what matrix is analyzed, what analyte is determined, or which analytical technique is applied, sample preparation is a crucial step. My choice for landmark publication of 2017 brings the benefits of fabric phase sorptive extraction (FPSE) to gaseous samples.

FPSE is a sample preparation approach that was introduced in 2014 by Kabir and Furton (1). When it first came to my attention, I was impressed by its simplicity and efficiency – it requires no matrix modification or clean-up and still achieves great performance, effectively assimilating most of the benefits of solid-phase microextraction while avoiding most of the shortcomings of conventional sample preparation techniques. FPSE’s versatility makes it a suitable technology for a wide range of applications and allows it to resolve diverse analytical problems.

There are already hundreds of sol-gel coatings that can be readily used as sorbents for FPSE, with unique selectivity and affinity towards an extensive range of target analytes. In our laboratory we have used the approach in the analysis of milk and biological fluids for the determination of several compounds, such as endocrine disrupters, antibiotics and antidepressants by HPLC (2)(3)(4)(5)(6), and metals by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (7).

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About the Authors

Victoria Samanidou

Victoria Samanidou is based at the Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.


Martin Giera

Martin Giera studied pharmacy in Heidelberg and Munich. He is currently the head of the Metabolomics group at the Center for Proteomics and Metabolomics at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). He holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry obtained from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich (Germany) under the supervision of Prof. Franz Bracher. With a postdoctoral fellowship, he joined the group of Prof. Hubertus Irth at the VU University Amsterdam where he later became Assistant Professor and head of the Bioanalysis group. Following a research stay in the laboratory of Prof. Charles Serhan at Harvard Medical School, he moved to the LUMC where he today heads the Metabolomics group. His main interests lie in clinical and fundamental disease-related research, using metabolomics-based approaches and notably lipidomics.


author Hans-Gerd.Janssen

Hans-Gerd Janssen

“A chemical engineer is what I wanted to be,” says Hans-Gerd, and so, decided not to go to a “regular, dull ” university but to a University of Technology. “I then got annoyed by the approximate nature of chemical engineering.” Of special interest to Hans Gerd now are food samples. “I want to understand why certain foods are safe and of high quality whereas others are poor. Analytical chemistry, my field of work for almost 30 years now, is key to that,” he says.


Jhanis J Gonzalez

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Laser Technologies Group, Berkeley, California, USA.


Karen Faulds

Professor of Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, UK.

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