Direct elution caps for reducing autosampler cross-vial contamination
A screw cap that interfaces a pipette tip and autosampler vial, creating a sturdy connection and an elevated pipette tip position within the vial.
- Analytical chemistry instrumentation employing automated sampling such as mass spectrometry, gas chromatograph, HPLC, etc.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a screw cap that interfaces a pipette tip and autosampler vial, creating a sturdy connection and an elevated pipette tip position within the vial. The screw cap prevents the distal end of the pipette tip from contacting the inner surface of the autosampler vial and the eluted liquid. Used as a key component in preparing microliter-sized samples for automated sampling, the screw cap mitigates quality concerns, including sample loss, sample contamination, and cross-vial contamination. This results in high elution recovery, increased autosampler precision, and reliable data collection. Additionally, the screw cap is compatible with the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) design standards, allowing it to fit commercially available autosampler vials.
Phase of DevelopmentTRL: 4-5
Direct elution caps have been 3D printed and used in the lab to manage the interaction between a pipette tip and autosampler vial.
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- Justin Drake, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology