Do HPLC columns expire?

Re: Will a new/unused HPLC column go bad over time? C18 columns in general are fairly robust, so it is *probably* OK. I generally run a “mini sysrem suitability” test on any new column, so that would tell the tale. If it fails, the age would certainly be ground for a return.

Are HPLC columns reusable?

Column reuse is an issue of both economics and chemistry. With reversed-phase chromatography, column reuse is a given. Why, because the hydrophobic stationary phase is washable with organic solvents to remove highly retained contaminants and the columns can be stored in acetonitrile or methanol for long time periods.

How does HPLC work Shimadzu?

A liquid sample is injected into a stream of solvent (mobile phase) flowing through a column packed with a separation medium (stationary phase). Sample components separate from one another by a process of differential migration as they flow through the column.

What is Shimadzu HPLC?

Shimadzu provides a range of liquid chromatography systems from HPLC to UHPLC, preparative systems, and more. We also offer solutions for supercritical fluid chromatography and ion chromatography. Shimadzu’s Shim-packTM columns ensure high-quality analysis data over a variety of applications.

How long does mobile phase last?

Some buffered or aqueous containing mobile phases will at most be good for one week at refrigerated temperatures (e.g. simple phosphate buffers), BUT some will still grow bugs in them during this time and be unsuitable for HPLC work.

How do I clean my HPLC columns?

In your case wash the column with 70% water; 15% methanol; 15% acetonitrile. Divert the column eluent to waste not to contaminate your detector(s). Wash the column slowly over to 100% methanol and wash for at least 15 minutes. Wash the column over to 100% acetonitrile and wash for at least 15 minutes.

How do I clean my HPLC?

When the chemist is done performing analyses, it is important to clean the system by flushing the unit out with water (for systems running reverse phase chromatography) and then storing the system in an organic water mobile solvent mixture to mitigate bacterial growth when the system is sitting idle.

What is the troubleshooting in HPLC?

Pumping system problems are usually easy to spot and correct. Some of the more common symptoms are erratic retention times, noisy baselines, or spikes in the chromatogram. Leaks at pump fittings or seals will result in poor chromatography. Buffer salts should be flushed from the system daily with fresh deionized water.

How does a HPLC work?

HPLC is a highly improved form of column chromatography. A pump forces a solvent through a column under high pressures of up to 400 atmospheres. The pressure makes the technique much faster compared to column chromatography. This allows using much smaller particles for the column packing material.

How much does a HPLC machine cost?

You can get a “bare bones” HPLC for about $20K, but $40-50K is more typical by the time you throw in automation features and data analysis software. Conventional electrophoresis equipment is much cheaper, but a modern capillary electrophoresis setup isn’t.