Non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis using non-dissociating solvents. Application to the separation of highly hydrophobic oligomers

H. Cottet, M.P. Struijk, J.L.J. Dongen, van, H.A. Claessens, C.A.M.G. Cramers

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Abstract

The application of non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis for the separation of very hydrophobic oligomers has been studied. N-Phenylaniline oligomers having degrees of polymerisation (n) of 2, 4, 6, and 8 were taken as model compounds. Capillary electrophoresis could be performed using a mixture of non-aqueous solvents with a high percentage of solvents with a low dielectric constant. These solvents, such as tetrahydrofuran (THF), chloroform or dichloromethane, are needed to solubilise the hydrophobic solutes in the electrolyte. The composition of the solvent mixture and the nature of the acid added to the electrolyte, which is needed to obtain electrophoretic motion of the N-phenylaniline oligomers, are discussed in detail. Next, other parameters such as ionic strength, injection time, electric field, and temperature were investigated too and their influence on the separation is discussed as well. The existence of a reversed (anodic) electroosmotic flow in a fused-silica capillary containing a THF–methanol mixture under acidic conditions is reported.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-251
JournalJournal of Chromatography, A
Volume915
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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