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High Performance Liquid Chromatography Notes | HPLC Chromatography

High Performance Liquid Chromatography Notes | HPLC Chromatography

High pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) is an advanced form of liquid chromatography used to separate of the components of a mixture.

In HPLC Chromatography the mixture is dissolved in a solvent (mobile phase) and then forced to flow through a chromatography column under a high pressure. In the column, the mixture is resolved into components.

Other Name of Chromatography

1- High speed liquid chromatography. As the separation is completed within few minutes.

2- High performance liquid chromatography.

3- High resolution liquid chromatography 

High performance is the result of may factor: Smaller particles of the stationary phase, uniform pore size, high pressure column slurry packing techniques, accurate low volume of the sample injected, sensitive detector, and good pump system.  

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The separation occurs because each component in the mixture interacts differently with the stationary phase (Yellow component) will move slowly through the column, while the molecules that interact less strongly (blue component) will moves rapidly though the column.

HPLC column

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In HPLC the stationary phase has two characters:- has small particles size (5.0 - 10.0 µm). and packed under high pressure. 

Reduction of of the particle size of the stationary phase leads to:- Leaving less apace for the mobile phase to pass through. Decrease the flow rate of the liquid mobile phase.Thus pressure from 1000 - 5000 psi, pound per square inch (68 - 340 atom.) is applied to over-come the obstructive of fine particles.

Classification of Chromatography (HPLC)

Types of HPLC according to the mechanism of separation. 1. Adsorption chromatography 2. Size exclusion chromatography. 3. Ion exchange chromatography.

1. Adsorption chromatography

The stationary phase is an adsorbent and the separation is based on adsorption-desorption steps. 

(A) Normal phase chromatography:- The stationary phase is strongly polar (e.g. silica gel) and the mobile phase is non polar such as (hexane or tetrahydrofuran). Polar sample retained longer on the column.

Normal phase chromatography


(B) Reversed phase chromatography:- The stationary phase is strongly non polar (e,g. C18 silica, hydrophilic) while the mobile phase is polar (as a mixture of water and methanol or acetonitrile).

Reversed phase chromatography

2. Size exclusion Chromatography 

The column is pack with material having controlled pore size and the sample is screened or filtered according to its molecular sizes, there is no interaction between solute and stationary phase. The large molecules rapidly wash through of column, the smaller molecules penetrate inside the pores and elute later.

Size exclusion Chromatography


3. Ion exchange chromatography 

The stationary phase has an ionically charged surface of opposite charge to the sample ions. This technique is used to only for ionic or ionisable sample. 

Type of ion exchange (Type of Standard pH) :- (i) Anion exchange resin (ii) cation exchange resin Matrix:- is polymer of styrene with divinyl benzene.

Type of ion exchange (Type of Standard pH)


(i) Anion exchange: strong anion as quaternary ammonium from matrix- (NR3)+ --- Cl- , weak anion as matrix- NH2(CH3)-CL-

(ii) Cation exchange: strong cation, sulfonic acid  matrix- (SO3)-   H+ , weak cation, matrix-COO-  H+ The stronger the charge on the sample, the stronger it will be attached to the ionic surface and thus the longer it will take to elute. The mobile phase is a aqueous buffer, where the pH is adjusted to control elution times.

Use of HPLC

HPLC can be divided in-to two main types according to uses. 

1.0 Analytical types: which is used. In identification and assay (purity) of components in mixture and to know the numbers of component in a mixture.

2.0 Preparative or semipreparative type: used in isolation and purification.

The difference between analytical and preparative HPLC.

Analytical HPLC:- Dimension of the column 1.0-6.0 mm. i.d. For analytical HPLC pumps should has flow rate that range from 1-10 ml/min. Injected volume of the sample in analytical HPLC range from 20 uL to 1.0 ml.

Preparative HPLC:- Dimensions of column up to 3 cm i.d.For preparative HPLC flow rate in excess of 100 ml/min. In preparative or semi-preparative HPLC volume of sample from 1.0 ml to 5.0 ml or more.

Chromatography Process

The process begins by: Injecting the solute onto the column (0 time). The separation occurs as the analyte and mobile phase are pumped through the column. Detection of component by detector is displayed on a chart or computer screen.

Chromatography Process


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What are the advantages of hplc?

1. High speed

2. High resolution

3. High sensitivity 

4. Re-usable column

5. No-destruction of the component 

6. The instrumentation are automatic, computerized

7. Quantitative work is more easily and most sensitive

8. Sample is recovered completely.

Application of HPLC

1. Isolation and purification of biologically active natural products

2. Control of synthetic reactions, identification of intermediates and target compound

3. Detection of bio-genetic intermediates and enzymes involved.

4. Control of the microbiological process, Used for separation a antibiotic from broth mixture.





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