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Course 6-1003: Fundamentals of Ion Chromatography


This presentation is designed with the intention that at the end of the presentation the attendee will learn the theory of Ion chromatography, column chemistry, suppressor technology- why and how and different kinds of detection techniques and various sample preparation techniques. They will also learn basic applications such as EPA Method 300, perchlorate, bromate, hexavalent chromium, cations etc.



  • Ion exchange chromatography - how it works
  • Evolution over the years

Column Chemistry

  • Column selection
  • Importance of mobile phase composition
  • Influence of temperature
  • Retention time shifts

Suppressor Technology

  • What is the importance, why is it needed?
  • Different technologies out there

Detection Techniques

  • Conductivity detector
  • UV/VIS detector
  • Electrochemical detector
  • Mass spectrometer

Sample Preparation

  • Sample filtration
  • Sample dilution
  • Combustion


  • EPA Method300
  • Hexavalent chromium
  • Perchlorate
  • Bromate
  • Cations


The objectives and content of this course have been reviewed by TNI and the course qualifies as an analyst training course. All students will be given a Certificate of Attendance and awarded 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Analyst Training upon completion of the course evaluation form.


  • Quality Assurance Personnel
  • Laboratory Assessors
  • Laboratory Analysts
  • Laboratory Data Reviewers


This course is being supported by The NELAC Institute as one of a series of courses designed to provide training to environmental laboratory analysts. For more information about TNI's training program, visit our Educational Delivery System website at:



Course Fee:
$25 for TNI members; $35 for all others; $75 group rate


Start Date:
Thursday 25th April 2013, 1:00pm

1 hour

This course has been reviewed and approved by TNI.

Presented By:

Jay Gandhi, PhD

About the Presenter:

Dr. Gandhi brings 27+ years of proficiency with virtually all analytical instrumentation and the techniques of Environmental, Petrochemical and Pharmaceutical testing and research. In his distinguished career, here are few highlights of his achievements

  • 1992-1993 - He received highest award from DuPont Company as non-DuPont employee for completing Recycled Vinyl Acetate project from conception to completion in record 10 months. This saved DuPont $12 million per year.
  • 1994-1998 - At Varian Inc., He received several awards as exemplary employee for outstanding customer service.
  • 2001 - At NASA being a principal investigator for Mars Exploration project, received several awards for Recycling of Water in Space project and several safety awards.
  • Since 2002 - He has shepherded several ASTM and USEPA methods, most recently USEPA method 218.7 for "Analysis of Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water"
  • Dr. Gandhi is currently Regulatory Affairs Manager with Metrohm USA.