This event originally occurred on April 21st, 2021 from 1pm – 2:30pm ET.


Sponsored by Agilent Technologies:

Potency testing in edibles is challenging because each edible has a unique consistency and they each suffer from distinctive analytical challenges. During this 30 minutes, you will learn how to avoid laborious grinding steps. You will also get tips and tricks to optimally extract cannabinoids and get the cleanest samples. Learn how to remove fat from samples without losing you analytes of interest. Testing chocolate, cookies and lotions will never be painful anymore. Discover a way to process all gummy types with a single and simple procedure. Find a way to reach lower detection limits and better accuracy in THC-Infused beverages. Adopting these simple procedures will increase the number of samples you can process per hour and enable you to get the most accurate and robust quantification of THC and other drugs in those difficult samples.

Identifying fentanyl analogs and other types of illicit drugs with structural and isomeric similarities can be demanding by GCMS. During this 30-minutes, you will discover some of the specific tools within the MassHunter Unknowns Analysis software to reduce the difficulty of identifying compounds and coeluting peaks in a matrix. You will also learn the ease of generating a library database using Unknowns Analysis along with developing and incorporating retention times, retention indices, and retention time penalties with your data review process. In addition, complex mixtures and matrices require background subtraction for improved library matching scores. Discover how Unknowns Analysis utilizes Agilent’s deconvolution algorithm on single quadrupole scan data and Agilent’s SureMass algorithm employing high resolution mass spectral (HRMS) data. Applying a combination of some or all these tools will result in an enhanced level of confidence during analyte identification and an improvement in efficiency throughout the data review process.

*This event is approved for CE credits through the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC).

Detailed Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to remove lipids in fatty samples like chocolate, baked goods, and lotions but without losing THC in the process
  • Learn how to simplify quantification of THC in high sugar samples like gummies and hard candies
  • Learn how to build a library of analytes using Unknowns Analysis
  • Learn how to combine compound RTs, RIs, and RT penalties to assist in compound screening and identification


Presenter Information:

Christophe Deckers

Christophe Deckers completed his Bachelor in Biochemistry at l’ Universite du Quebec à Montreal. He was then introduced to fundamental research during his Chemistry Masters degree in the leading Laboratory of Molecular Medicine directed by professor emeritus Richard Beliveau. Subsequently, he worked in technical support at GE Healthcare assisting customers using a variety of bio-separation technologies. Christophe joined Agilent Technologies in 2005 and is Application Scientist for sample preparation in the USA and Canada. Christophe has 15 years of experience in sample preparation and is very passionate about it.

Kirk Lokits

Kirk received his B.S. in Forensic Science and Chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University and began working as a Forensic Drug Chemist in the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio. Kirk left the forensic realm and began his tenure with Hewlett Packard working as a Customer Service Engineer (CE) supporting LC, GC, LCMS, GCMS, and ICPMS products. While working for HP Kirk earned his M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University and in 2005 Kirk left Agilent Technologies to attend the University of Cincinnati to earn his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry. In 2014, Kirk re-joined Agilent Technologies as a GCMS Applications Scientist focusing on forensic applications.

This event originally occurred on April 21st, 2021 from 1pm – 2:30pm ET.

This event was being sponsored by Agilent Technologies and is FREE to anyone to attend! Please click the “Register Now” button to the right in order to register for this event.

*This event is approved for CE credits through the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC).