Determination of substances at low concentrations in complex mixtures by isotachophoresis with column coupling

F.M. Everaerts, T.P.E.M. Verheggen, F.E.P. Mikkers

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Abstract

A system is discussed that makes use of two PTFE narrow-bore tubes with different internal diameters. In the pre-separation narrow-bore tube, which has the larger internal diameter, a high preparation current is permitted. At a well defined distance from a conductivity detector (mounted in this pre-separation narrow-bore tube) the final separation narrow-bore tube, which has the smaller internal diameter, is coupled to the pre-separation narrow-bore tube via a T-piece. The smaller internal diameter of the final narrow-bore tube permits work at a higher current density during final separation and detection by means of conductivity and UV absorption detectors. The zones of interest can easily be separated from the sample zones, migrating isotachophoretically in the pre-separation narrow-bore tube via the detector.

There are several advantages over conventional isotachophoretic equipment: (i) a high sample load is permitted; (ii) the analysis time is increased negligibly; (iii) high ratios of concentrations between the sample species we permitted; and (iv) different operational systems can be applied in separation and preparation compartment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-38
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Chromatography, A
Volume169
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1979

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