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Have you switched to hydrogen carrier gas? What are your experiences?

Question asked by jkurutz on Feb 17, 2016
Latest reply on Dec 13, 2018 by crystalnipp

Hi everyone,

Have you switched to hydrogen from helium as your default carrier gas? What were your experiences? What preparation did you have, and what do you wish you knew?


I'm wondering about helium this week after C&ENews' article on NMR, which discussed helium and the problems associated with its availability.

Securing The Future Of NMR | February 15, 2016 Issue - Vol. 94 Issue 7 | Chemical & Engineering News


Our colleagues in NMR don't have a substitute, but in GC one can switch to hydrogen if helium availability is a problem.


What are your thoughts on...

  • how long did it take you to set it up and get accurate results
  • were you able to translate your methods effectively?
  • did you encounter any institutional safety problems?


Thanks for your insights!

- Josh