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Dionex innovations in separations technology have led to methods for testing of additives, contaminants, and hazardous substances in many household and consumer products. Liquid Chromatography methods integrating sample preparation with analysis are accomplished by intelligent, two-dimensional chromatographic approaches. The Acclaim® Surfactant column has been used in developing methods for assays of detergents in shampoos.

Extraction of target analytes is more efficient and less costly using Accelerated Solvent Extraction (ASE®). Increasingly, standards committees are adopting ASE extractions of polymer additives for both product quality and environmental impact. Besides pure polymer extractions, this market includes extraction of a wide variety of consumer products such as synthetic rubber used in automotive applications, asphalt components and additives that increase lifetime, and detergents to optimize the effectiveness of household cleaners, just to mention a few.