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Separation Science HPLC Solutions

Separation Science HPLC Solutions is produced in collaboration with John Dolan, best known as one of the world’s foremost HPLC troubleshooting authorities. He has been responsible for training of thousands of scientists over the last 30 years, and is also known for his ongoing research with Lloyd Snyder, resulting in more than 100 technical publications and three books.

Recent Posts

Pore Size vs Particle Size

In this technical article you'll learn about the roles of pore size and particle size for an HPLC packing material.

Does a Guard Column Make Sense?

This article explains how a guard column is one of those HPLC accessories that is a bit of a mixed grill – it can be a good thing or a not-so-good thing. Different aspects of guard column use will be assessed to see if they make sense for you.

Acid in A and B

I had a follow-up enquiry about one of the recent articles. In 'Why Acid?', I discussed some of the reasons why acids such as formic or trifluoroacetic (TFA) are added to mobile phases for LC-MS work. The reader noted that in Figure 1 of that...

Injection Problems

Q: I am running an isocratic method with a 250 x 4.6 mm, 10 µm particle column at 1 mL/min with a 20% acetonitrile (ACN)/buffer mobile phase. I dissolve my sample in ACN and inject. Normally my compound of interest comes out at 7.7 min. I...

Frit Cleaning

This technical article looks at the best way to clean the frits used in the HPLC system. In this example, the reader had been sonicating them in nitric acid, but wasn’t sure if that was the best way to approach the problem.

Retention Shifts

A reader complained about retention times that changed in an overnight HPLC run and wondered how to diagnose the problem source. The question left too many possibilities, and because there was no complaint about changing resolution, I’ll assume...

Enantiomer Separations

Recently, a reader sent a question about how to get started with a method that required separation of enantiomers by reversed-phase HPLC. Unfortunately, the problem is a non-starter in this context. Enantiomers cannot be separated by...

MP Lifetimes

A reader recently sent in this e-mail: “I am trying to find information that I can put in an SOP regarding how long a mobile phase can be used before it must be discarded. I’ve heard 1-2 weeks from some sources, whereas others say a month, and...

Why Acid?

This technical article addresses why formic acid would be specified as an additive for the mobile phase in an HPLC method. Formic or trifluoroacetic acid at 0.1% concentrations are common, especially for LC-MS work. There are a number of reasons...

PEEK Follow-up

PEEK (poly-ether-ether-ketone) tubing and fittings have become a standard part of most HPLC systems today. The flexibility and ease of cutting the tubing, coupled with the convenience of finger-tightened fittings make a combination that is hard...

Method Adjustment vs Change Part 7: Follow-up

In the previous articles in this series (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5, Part 6), we have explored the concept of the adjustment of HPLC methods. In particular, we have tried to determine the difference between method adjustment and...

Method Adjustment vs Change Part 6: Interactions

This is the last in a six-part series on allowed adjustments to HPLC methods. In the previous instalments (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5), we’ve looked at each of the specific variables listed in Table 1.

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