2021 Oral Presentations

The following abstracts have been received and accepted for presentation at the 2021 Gulf Coast Conference. Additional submissions will be added to this list as they are received and accepted.

The 2020 Gulf Coast Conference was rescheduled due to COVID.

View the 2019 presentations.

Abstract # 116 - Training Course
10/12/2020 - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM - Salon F - Moody Gardens Hotel

ASTM International One Day Course: Diesel Fuel Test Methods - An Overview

David R. Forester - ASTM International

This 1-day course on test methods for diesel fuel has been especially developed for the Gulf Coast Conference. It draws some material from the regular 3-day ASTM Diesel Fuel Course, and adds specific details about manual and automated test methods that are used to evaluate batches of diesel fuel. Original test methods were manual procedures, and over the past few decades, instrument manufacturers have developed automated instruments to measure many properties.
Questions: Contact Ginger Moore at gmoore@astm.org




Abstract # 117 - Training Course
10/12/2020 - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM - Salon H - Moody Gardens Hotel

ASTM One Day Course: Aviation Fuels - An Overview

Fred Barnes - ASTM International

About the Course The one-day Aviation Fuels training session is intended to be an introduction to the three-day course usually taught in other scenarios. IT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE THREE-DAY COURSE TAUGHT IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS OR IN ON-SITE TRAINING BUT WILL BE A GOOD INTRODUCTORY SESSION. For specific employees, ASTM suggests that key personnel attend the three-day course. This applies to all who work in the aviation field because only then can you have the necessary redundancy that is required, even if you are in manufacturing, distribution, testing, purchasing, into plane agents or aviation customers using the fuels.

Questions: Contact Ginger Moore at gmoore@astm.org




Abstract # 121 - Paper

Deformulation, Comparison, and Distinguishing Nylon Co-Polymer From Blend Mixture using Multiple Modes of Pyrolysis-GC/MS

Rojin Belganeh - Frontier Laboratories Ltd.
Itsuko Iwai - Frontier Laboratories Ltd.
Athena Nguyen - Frontier Laboratories Ltd.

Manufacturers use nylon in various applications, such as textile, electronics, automotive, engineering plastics, and fibers. The formulation details of nylon are often not known to the manufacturers.  Companies in later stages in the supply chain have even less information on components.  Therefore, the same part number at a point in the supply chain can result in a polymer part that is not made with the same formulation, yet the apparent polymer properties may seem to be equivalent.  After usage, a failure analysis may be required to determine the chemical details. In this work, Pyrolysis-GC/MS characterizes and compares two lots that seem similar. 

Abstract # 123 - Paper

Characterization and Failure Analysis of Ink samples using Pyrolysis-GC/MS

Rojin Belganeh - Frontier Laboratories Ltd.
Itsuko Iwai - Frontier Laboratories Ltd.
Athena Nguyen - Frontier Laboratories Ltd.

Subtle differences in ink formulations are common. In some instances, the product will suddenly be more brittle, easily deformed or fail in routine use. Detailed analyses of the good and bad polymer reveal differences in the additives, the presence of unwanted contaminants or unexpected chemical linkage. All the past methodologies for the determination of organic pigments are based on solvent extraction, filtration, and concentration. These traditional techniques are time-consuming and suffer from analyst-to-analyst variability while producing data of limited value. In this work, Pyrolysis-GC/MS is used to characterize and compare two ink samples while eliminating any solvent extraction or sample pretreatment.

Abstract # 124 - Workshop

The Pyrolysis Workshop

Rojin Belganeh - Frontier Laboratories Ltd.
Itsuko Iwai - Frontier Laboratories Ltd.
Athena Nguyen - Frontier Laboratories Ltd.

Analytical flash pyrolysis is just the beginning. Today, virtually any material including solids can be chemically characterized using the array of techniques that are designed into the modern-day, multi-mode micro-furnace pyrolyzer. Pyrolysis adds a new dimension to chromatography as a sample introduction technique for GC and GC/MS. Attendees will learn when and how to use different modes of operations in Pyrolysis-GC/MS technique, such as Evolved Gas Analysis, Thermal Desorption, Heart-Cutting, or Pyrolysis; all with the same system. Potential, new and existing users of Frontier Labs’ Multi-functional Pyrolyzer products are encouraged to attend. No prior experience needed.


· “Method Map” for material characterization of virtually any sample: Step by step guidelines on chemical composition analysis

·  Applications: deformulation, failure, contamination, polymers & additives analyses in various industries, such as oil shale, rocks, biomass, rubber, plastics, paint, and coatings

·  Data Interpretation Hands-on Workshop using F-Search engine libraries for polymers, additives, and EGA thermograms

·  System maintenance and discussion session

Abstract # 132 - User Group

Grabner Vapor Pressure Analyzer User Training Session

Henry Lin - Petrolab Company

The Grabner Vapor Pressure Instrument User Workshop: The Basics: Learn about Vapor Pressure and understand the methods and correlation formulas. See how your analyzer operates and review all of the menu and measurement options available within your unit. Advanced: Walk through Vapor Procedures on your machine. Learn how to trouble shoot your unit and discover tips and tricks in working with your instrument.

Abstract # 139 - Paper

ThermoFisher Scientific Chromeleon 7.3 Process Analyzer latest release

Larry West - ThermoFisher Scientific

Chromeleon 7.3 PA is part of a total solution offering for continuous process monitoring using gas, ion and liquid chromatography. Chromeleon 7.3 PA, for the Integral Process Analyzer, is the latest generation of process analytical software from ThermoFisher. This solution is based on Chromeleon 7.3 and incorporates a unique analyzer interface to expand the user’s ability to configure, control, monitor, and report data from multiple GC, IC or HPLC systems configured for continuous monitoring. In this presentation, I will show the software live.