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Offline KJB

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2 compounds under same HPLC peak
« on: February 16, 2010, 06:48:38 PM »
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if two samples are under the same peak, is there a method that will allow us to know if more than one substance under the same peak (for example comparing the 254nm and 210 peak ratio of our standard to peak ratio of our sample) and is there a way to subtract the peaks from each others?

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Re: 2 compounds under same HPLC peak
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2010, 08:18:50 PM »
If you have a detector (for example, a diode array detector), you can play games with the spectrum to get that data.  If you are going down the spectrum route, it is better if you could find an spectral absorbance in one compound that isn't in the other.  Say if one compound absorbed at 325 nm and the other absorbed below 254 nm.  Then the calibration can be relatively straightforward. 

Another way many to get this data is using spectrum subtraction.  You subtract a reference spectrum from the data spectrum.  The right software can do it.  It seems to work best when the two compounds are near the same intensity.   Since this is rarely the case, I was never too impressed with the results.   

A better approach is to change your chromatographic conditions so the two compounds don't elute at the same time (i.e. a different column, different solvents, or a different buffer).  That can be a lot of work.

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Re: 2 compounds under same HPLC peak
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2010, 03:10:37 PM »
this is where an MS detector would be very handy
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