Founded in 1986 in Horsham, PA, United Chemical Technologies, Inc. (UCT, Inc.) has grown from a manufacturer of solid phase extraction sorbents into a major competitor in the fields of specialty chemicals, chromatographic media and sample preparation products. UCT began with a novel technological idea for solid phase extraction (SPE): bond two different functional groups to a solid support material in order to create phases that are capable of extracting samples based on different chemical principles. The first product was our CLEAN SCREEN® DAU. This product incorporated an ion exchange functionality with a hydrophobic alkyl chain. This product was quickly adopted in analytical labs and is now the most widely used SPE material in the clinical and forensic industry for the clean extraction of biological matrices.
UCT Derivatizing Reagent cited in Forensic Anthropology Study
In a recent study, authored by Susan Luong et al., (Forensic Science International ((2018), 285 93-104)) UCT’s derivatizing reagent O-Bis(trimethylsilytrifluoroacetamide) containing 1% trimethylchlorosilane (BSTFA (1% TMCS)) was employed to assist with the gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric (GC-MS) analysis of a cadaveric break down product. In this research, a human cadaver was placed on the surface of a designated plot at the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER), the only human decomposition facility in Australia. The natural process of decomposition was allowed to progress over fourteen days during the summer.