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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.. (3/1/16). "Press Release: Accurately Detect Volatile Organic Compounds in Manufactured Products. Fisher Chemical GC Headspace-grade Solvents Are Designed to Detect Residual Solvents for Ensuring Consumer Safety". Waltham, M

Organisations Organisation Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO)
  Group Thermo Fisher (Group)
  Organisation 2 BioStrata Ltd. (Biostrata Marketing)
Products Product reagents (bio/biochemical)
  Product 2 gas chromatography (GC)
Persons Person Roemer, Stephen (Thermo Fisher 201501 Global Director RnD at Fisher Chemical)
  Person 2 Butchers, Carolyn (Biostrata 201411– before Alto Marketing)

New solvents are designed to detect residual solvents and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are used or produced during the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, food packaging, personal care products, paint and other samples.

The new line of Fisher Chemical gas chromatography (GC) headspace-grade solvents can accurately detect the amount of residual solvent, providing users with a measure of toxicity. The headspace-grade solvents are performance tested to exceed the purity standards required by the International Conference of Harmonization (ICH), allowing for accurate detection of organic volatile impurities in a sample.

“We are excited to offer a complete solution that meets the needs of testing for residual impurities in research samples,” said Stephen C. Roemer, senior manager product development at Thermo Fisher Scientific. “The new Fisher Chemical CG headspace-grade solvents allow researchers to improve detection of impurities, are tested to ensure low organic contamination, amplify productivity and ensure detection of Classes 1 to 3 or residual solvents.”

Headspace GC analysis is a common practice to detect and quantify residual solvents in products and unreacted monomers in packaging. The technique requires extraction of residual solvents from the sample using a high-purity solvent, free of contaminants that could interfere with GC analysis by co-eluting with the peaks of interest.

All products in the new line of GC headspace-grade solvents have impurities equal to or below 1 ppm for Class 1 residual solvents, 10 ppm for Class 2 and 50 ppm for Class 3. The product offerings include Water, Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO), N,N-Dimethylformamide (DMF), N,N-Dimethylacetamide (DMAC) and N-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidone (NMP). All of the solvents are tested by UV absorbance spectroscopy to ensure low organic contamination and are packaged in an inert atmosphere to maximize shelf life in unopened containers.

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About Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion, and more than 50,000 employees in 50 countries. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support. For more information, please visit


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Lisa Robillard, +1 781-790-7324
Carolyn Butchers, +44 (0) 1223 828200

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