Pyrolysis sample cup

Introduction to the Frontier sample cup

Three aspects of the sample cups will be discussed:
  • Care and maintenance
  • In-cup derivatization
  • Selective extraction of organic compounds from inorganic or higher boiling sample constituents

An argument can be made that the sample cup is the heart of the Frontier multi-functional pyrolyzer. (1) It is easy to use which is consistent with the overall simplicity of the basic system design and operation. (2) The fused silica cup surface is durable and inert, even at elevated temperatures which is a prerequisite to acquiring data of high quality. (3) The sample cup extends the use of the instrument into the realm of material characterization – almost anything can be “put” into the cup. (4) Lastly, the cup facilitates the derivatization of compounds directly in the cup, often eliminating multi-step, time consuming extraction/clean-up/derivatization sample prep protocols.

sample_cup The sample cup, and its holder, are shown on the left. There are a number of different cup configurations and two sample volumes – 50 L and 80 L. This illustration shows how to add a viscous liquid such as a cosmetic, cream or paint to the cup. Here, the needle which is coated with the sample is simply touched to the bottom of the cup.
Part Number Description Surface Deactivation Cleaning
PY1-EC50F 50 L Manual only Bonded fused silica Heat or solvent
PY1-EC50HF 50 L-flow through Manual only Bonded fused silica Heat or solvent
PY1-EC80F 80 L Manual or Auto-Shot Sampler Bonded fused silica Heat or solvent
PY1-EC80HF 80 L-flow through Manual only Bonded fused silica Heat or solvent
PY1-EC50G 50 L Manual or Auto-Shot Sampler Glass Solvent
PY1-EC50GQ 50 L Manual or Auto-Shot Sampler Quartz coating on glass Solvent
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