Column liquid chromatography
Piecewise quadratic modelling
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Summary Interpretive methods are accepted to give the best possible results for selectivity optimization in HPLC. However the methods are very complex, and most work so far has been detailed academic studies. This paper describes an evaluation of a complete integrated system incorporating peak labelling, modelling of retention behaviour and calculation of response surfaces, with particular emphasis on the retention modelling. The peak labelling section has been discussed previously. A piece-wise quadratic function is investigated for the modelling of retention times across an isoeluotropic plane to effect selectivity optimization in HPLC. This requires 10 data-points on the isoeluotropic plane. The predicted global optimum and local optima are evaluated by comparison of calculated and experimental retention data, for a nine component sample. Seven interstitial points, distributed across the whole plane between the data-points, are similarly evaluated for a related sample. The typical error (in retention time) is less than 2%, often 1%, and the maximum error is 4.2%. At the global optimum the error was found be less than 1.3% for all 9 peaks.
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