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The use of vacuum distillation as a methodology to determine the concentrations of analytes is a novel application. The development of this procedure and its applications have taken place at Las Vegas with publications reporting important accomplishments. However, in practicing this method some learned details (such as identifying and trouble shooting problems) are not appropriate for journal publications. This section as well as the Technical Notes section will address this gap.
The apparatus itself is simple, yet setting up the system and using the software are new experiences to laboratories. Therefore we intend to expand this section to include items of concern from installing the equipment, verifying the system is in order, as well as using the method 8261 software available on this website. The presentations that are available here should not be used in place of existing materials (method 8261, vender install guides, software manuals) but in addition to these guides.

We will be expanding this section to address questions from users and potential users of the vacuum distillation analyses. If there are points for clarification please contact us through the email address at the bottom of the page or through our Technical Information Request form.

Training presentations are reviewed in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s peer and administrative review policies and approved for publication on this Web page.

List of Presentations

Producing CLP Format forms for Method 8261A analyses (PDF) (54 pp., 1.26 MB)
  • A description of how to use CLPForms to generate Superfund's Contract Laboratory Program (CLP) forms from Method 8261 results.
Setting Up the Vacuum Distiller to Perform Methods 5032 and 8261 (PDF) (14 pp, 453KB)
  • An Introductory discussion of the operation of a vacuum distiller.
Tuning the Vacuum Distiller, Optimizing Analyte Response and Chromatography (PDF) (26 pp, 463KB)
  • A discussion of the steps taken to optimize the interfacing of the vacuum distillation apparatus with a GC/MS. The emphasis is on balancing the chromatographic quality of polar analytes and the response of non-polar compounds.
Running Samples (PDF) [30 pp, 794KB]
  • An overview of preparing and running samples.
Creating the Calibration Curve and Processing Method 8261 Data Quantitation Reports through SMCReporter V4.0
  • A description of how to use the SMCReporter software program to perform method 8261 calibration and sample quantitation.
SW-846 Method 8261* Chemistry (PDF) [46 pp, 557KB]
  • An overview of compound behavior during vacuum distillation.




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