Gas Chromatography

S. L. MacKenzie, Plant Biotechnology Institute, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Copyright © 2000 Academic Press

During the 1950s and 1960s, significant progress was made in the development of automated amino acid analysers based on separation by ion exchange. However, such instruments were dedicated to the task of amino acid analysis and were of limited application to the analysis of other types of compounds. Furthermore, they were expensive. During the same period, gas chromatography (GC) was being rapidly developed following the demonstration in 1952 by James and Martin that fatty acids could be assayed by GC. There followed a vast expansion in the application of GC to the analysis of other types of compounds. Amino acids were a logical target. In the intervening years, methods have been developed for assaying amino acids in protein hydrolysates and physiological fluids, and for determining the proportions of amino acid enantiomers in racemic mixtures. Some landmark developments are listed in Table 1.

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