Hi Paul,


Thanks for the reply.  Can you shoot me your vendors off list for your 0.5mm ID tubes and zero dead volume fitting?  I absolutely hate how many tubes I break every time I need to change the reactor and would be forever grateful if there is a way to avoid this.  I would even go so far as to say you would deserve some kind of international humanitarian award for this information!


Regarding the peak broadening issue, this is also something I’ve considered, but I guess I’ve always assumed that the transition from a small diameter capillary to the large diameter ceramic tube would trump the turbulence introduced by the wire in terms of chromatography (but I could be absolutely wrong, just my assumption). 


Thanks again for the thoughtful comments.




From: Stable Isotope Geochemistry [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Paul Eby
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Subject: Re: [ISOGEOCHEM] DIY Oxidation Reactor -- Better Chromatography with Smaller Tubes?



You need not reduce your tubing OD. With a proper zero volume fitting, it can be any size you desire without affecting the chromatography. We have built our ovens around a 1/8" OD ceramic tube (0.5mm ID) and no longer worry about breaking tubes as we tighten fittings.

Also, I've often wondered though if the peak broadening due to ovens isn't more due to the wire in the tube than the ID of the tube. Does the wire cause broadening by disrupting laminar flow?

Paul Eby
University of Victoria

At 01:47 PM 26/03/2008, you wrote:

Has anyone had experience with building their own oxidation reactors with smaller ID tubing to improve their chromatography during the combustion process?  I know how much of a pain it is to change these reactors, and while a smaller ID/OD tubing will probably increase the chances of breakages during replacement (not to mention potentially decrease the life span of the reactor), for certain types of analyses the performance gain may make up for it.
Also, is there a reason most users go with the 0.1 mm wires instead of something a little thinner (say 0.05mm) to increase the packing efficiency (and thereby reduce dead volume) and also surface area?
I have to admit that this is the first time I’ve ever had to purchase reactors from Thermo (I inherited a stock from the previous technician) and I actually laughed at the customer service rep who gave me the price over the phone…
Thanks in advance,
Michael D. Kubo
NASA Ames Research Center
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