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1 What is HPLC? High Performance Liquid Chromatography
High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (usually true] Hewlett Packard Liquid Chromatography (a joke) High Priced Liquid Chromatography (no joke) HPLC is really the automation of traditional liquid chromatography under conditions which provide for enhanced separations during shorter periods of time! Probably the most widely practiced form of quantitative, analytical chromatography today due to the wide range of molecule types and sizes which can be separated using HPLC or variants of HPLC!!

2 This highly efficient technique uses solvent under pressure to elute the column. Although generally used as an analytical system, larger capacity columns having good resolving power can be used in preparative systems. The general arrangement and operation bears more resemblance to gas chromatography, but HPLC is the more powerful analytical technique as it permits analysis of non-volatile and thermally labile compounds. However, development of the technique had to await the technology for preparing the specialized stationary phases which is so crucial for success.


4 Liquid Column Chromatography
A sample mixture is passed through a column packed with solid particles which may or may not be coated with another liquid. With the proper solvents, packing conditions, some components in the sample will travel the column more slowly than others resulting in the desired separation.

5 Four Basic Liquid Chromatography
Basic liquid chromatography modes are named according to the mechanism involved:  1. Liquid/Solid Chromatography (adsorption chromatography) A. Normal Phase LSC B. Reverse Phase LSC  2. Liquid/Liquid Chromatography (partition chromatography) A. Normal Phase LLC B. Reverse Phase LLC  3. Ion Exchange Chromatography  4. Gel Permeation Chromatography (exclusion chromatography)

6 Importance of HPLC in Pharmaceutical Analysis
Drug manufacturing control requires high level and intensive analytical and chemical support of all stages to ensure the drug's quality and safety.  The pharmacopeia constitutes a collection of recommended procedures for analysis and specifications for the determination of pharmaceutical substances, excipients, and dosage forms that is intended to serve as source material for reference or adaptation by anyone wishing to fulfill pharmaceutical requirements.  The most important analytical technique used during the various steps of drug development and manufacturing is the separation technique: High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC).     

7 Mechanism of separation
HPLC is a form of liquid chromatography used to separate compounds that are dissolved in solution. The different components in the mixture pass through the column at different rates due to differences in their adsorption (LSC) or partition (LLC) behavior between the mobile phase and the stationary phase.

8 Composition of the System of HPLC
Solvent reservoirs Solvent Delivery System (Pump) Injector for introducing sample Column Detectors Waste Collector Recorder (Data Collection)



11 Criteria of solvents for HPLC use
The solvents used for HPLC must be highly pure, contain no solid matter and will require degassing immediately before use by sonification or by displacement of dissolved gases with helium. Any formation of air bubbles within the system totally upsets the pressure maintenance.

12 DEGASSING: The practice of removing air from the mobile phase is called degassing which can be achieved by bubbling He (Helium) gas into the mobile phase and this degassing removes dissolved oxygen from the Mobile Phase. The presence of oxygen in mobile phase causes bubble formation resulting in air in the flow system and pump pressure will change causing spike in the chromatogram (due to air bubble formation in the detector cell).

13 The Equipment of HPLC HPLC Column: The column is a stainless steel tube packed with a special stationary phase consisting of extremely fine, regularly sized, spherical particles with a very high ratio of surface area to mass, usually in the range m2g-1. Owing to the small size of the particles, typically 5-10µm in diameter, any solvent contained in the matrix of each particle is close to the external solvent and equilibration can take place readily. This particular feature makes HPLC much more efficient than column chromatography using supports, in which the much larger particles have deep interstices predominantly filled with stagnant, non-equilibrating solvent.

14 Typically, analytical columns are cm long with an internal diameter of 4-6 mm and may be surrounded by a thermo stated bath for extremely accurate work. Owing to the small size of the column the `dead space' in the connections between the outlet and the detector must be kept to an absolute minimum in order to avoid remixing of components after elution from the column. The columns are designed to be reusable, and so the set-up always possesses a pre-column filter to remove particulate or polymeric matter before it contaminates the main column.

15 Picture of an HPLC column

16 Several column types based on the stationary phases
Normal phase column Reverse phase column Size exclusion column Ion exchange column Chiral column

17 Normal phase In this column type, the retention is governed by the interaction of the polar parts of the stationary phase and solute. For retention to occur in normal phase, the packing material (stationary phase) must be more polar than the mobile phase with respect to the sample. Example of stationary phase: silica and Alumina

18 Mobile Phase -NON POLAR
“Normal Phase” Mobile Phase -NON POLAR There is nothing “normal” or abnormal about normal phase chromatography, it’s just that it was invented first. Stationary Phase - POLAR

19 Reverse phase In this column the packing material is relatively nonpolar and the solvent is polar with respect to the sample. Retention is the result of the interaction of the nonpolar components of the solutes and the nonpolar stationary phase. Typical stationary phases are nonpolar hydrocarbons, waxy liquids, or bonded hydrocarbons (such as C18, C8, etc.) and the solvents are polar aqueous-organic mixtures such as methanol-water or acetonitrile-water.

20 - - - Stationary Phase - NON POLAR “Reverse Phase”
Mobile Phase - POLAR + - - - + The advantage of reverse phase is that it allows us to use relatively cheap and non-hazardous solvents like methanol, ethanol, acetonitrile, and even water. + Stationary Phase - NON POLAR

21 In reverse phase chromatography, a highly polar solvent system is used for elution. Under such conditions polar compounds prefer to stay in the mobile phase and are eluted before non-polar materials which have a greater affinity for the stationary phase-the reverse of usual adsorption systems (normal phase chromatography).

22 Size exclusion In size exclusion the HPLC column is consisted of substances which have controlled pore sizes and is able to be filtered in an ordinary phase according to its molecular size. Small molecules penetrate into the pores within the packing while larger molecules only partially penetrate the pores. The large molecules elute before the smaller molecules.

23 Ion exchange In this column type the sample components are separated based upon attractive ionic forces between molecules carrying charged groups of opposite charge to those charges on the stationary phase. Separations are made between a polar mobile liquid, usually water containing salts or small amounts of alcohols, and a stationary phase containing either acidic or basic fixed sites.

24 Chiral column Another very exciting development of the column uses stationary phases in which the surface has been covalently linked to a chiral material. Such chiral bonded phase supports permit the analytical separation of enantiomers, and the potential for such chiral columns seems boundless. These stationary phases are known as customized stationary phases which are really expensive.

25 HPLC Pumps As a consequence of the highly packed nature of the stationary phase in HPLC columns, pressures of anything up to 7000 psi are necessary to force the eluting solvent along the column which is effectively performed in HPLC by using pump. The pump must be capable of maintaining a constant flow of solvent with no pressure surges and it must also be constructed of material which can withstand a wide range of organic solvents. The pump is also designed to permit the precise choice of a particular rate from a wide range of flow rates.

26 Elution Process Elution may be with a single solvent or a mixture of solvents mixed at a certain ratio, when the process is described as isochratic elution, or the composition of the eluting system can be varied with time to permit gradient elution. The mixing of solvents for gradient elution may be carried out either at the low pressure side of the system, before the pump, or in the high pressure part. Both arrangements require microprocessor control.

27 Introduction of sample to the column
Samples for analysis are introduced onto the column by injection through a multiport valve which permits precise, repeatable sample loading with minimal disturbance of solvent flow. Basically, a solution of the sample is injected into an isolated, fixed volume loop of tubing which, on turning the valve, becomes part of the solvent delivery system. Sample in excess of that required to fill the loop is led to waste so-called external loop injection ports permit variation of the volume of sample introduced into the column.

28 Valve-Type Injection in HPLC
Widely used in HPLC. Allows reproducible introduction of sample into the pressurized mobile phase without interruption of flow even at high temperature. Inject valve has two position: (a) Load (Fill) (b) Inject Valve in the load position. Before injecting the sample the valve is turned to the load position. 2 3 4 1 5 6 3 1 2 4 5 6

29 Automated Injection Sample is introduced from a vial held in a sample carousel using a syringe assembly. Valves are automatically actuated used to wash syringe needle and syringe assembly. Benefits of Auto injector Wide variability in injection volume (0.1 mL-2 mL). Precision is better or equal to manual injection. High sample throughput and less labor intensive.

30 Detection of eluted components
The normal means of detecting the eluted components is by using a UV detector placed close to the outlet from the column. This permits continuous, instantaneous monitoring of the effluent from the column with the results being transmitted to a chart recorder; but this, of course, rules out the use of any solvent which has even a weak absorption in the UV region to be analyzed and imposes stringent purity requirements on all solvents. The most convenient type of detector is one which can be varied to monitor any specific wavelength desired.

31 Common practice involves the simultaneous analysis of two different wavelengths as the impurities may possess different chromophores to the component of interest and may pass undetected if just one wavelength is observed. [An alternative, but less frequently encountered means of monitoring column output, is to measure the refractive index of the eluant and to compare this with the pure solvent system].

32 Types of Detectors Absorbance (UV with Filters,
UV with Monochromators) IR Absorbance Fluorescence Refractive-Index Evaporative Light Scattering Detector (ELSD) Electrochemical Mass-Spectrometric (MS) Photo-Diode Array (PDA)

33 Photo-Diode Array (PDA) Detectors
A photodiode array (PDA) is a linear array of discrete photodiodes on an integrated circuit (IC) chip. Array detectors are especially useful for recording the full uv-vis absorption spectra of samples that are rapidly passing through a sample flow cell, such as in an HPLC detector. This is a recent one which is similar to U.V detector which operates from nm. Allows for the recording of the entire spectrum of each solute as it passed through the diode array detector. The resulting spectra is a 3-D or three dimensional plot of Response Vs Time Vs Wave length.

34 Chromatograms If a detector that responds to solute concentration is placed at the end of the column and its signal (Response of the detector) is plotted as function of time (or of volume of the added mobile phase), a series of peaks is obtained. Such a plot, called a chromatogram, is useful for both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The positions of peaks on the time axis may serve to identify the components of the sample; the areas under the peaks provide a quantitative measure of the amount of each component.


Chromatography has grown to be the premier method for separating closely related chemical species. In addition, it can be employed for qualitative identification and quantitative determination of separated species.

37 Qualitative Analysis A chromatogram provides only a single piece of qualitative information about each species in a sample, namely, its retention time or its position on the stationary phase after a certain elution period. It is a widely used tool for recognizing the presence or absence of components of mixtures containing a limited number of possible species whose identities are known. Positive spectroscopic identification would be impossible without a preliminary chromatographic separation on a complex sample.

38 Quantitative Analysis
Chromatography can provide useful quantitative information about the separated species. Quantitative column chromatography is based upon a comparison of either the height or the area of the analyte peak with that of one or more standards. For planar chromatography, the area covered by the separated species serves as the analytical parameter. If conditions are properly controlled, these parameters vary linearly with concentration.

39 Analyses Based on Peak Height
The height of a chromatographic peak is obtained by connecting the base lines on either side of the peak by a straight line and measuring the perpendicular distance from this line to the peak. This measurement can ordinarily be made with reasonably high precision. Accurate results are obtained with peak heights only if variations in column conditions do not alter the peak widths during the period required to obtain chromatograms for sample and standards. The variables that must be controlled closely are column temperature, eluent flow rate, and rate of sample injection.

40 Analyses Based on Peak Areas
Peak areas are a more satisfactory analytical variable than peak heights. On the other hand, peak heights are more easily measured and, for narrow peaks, more accurately determined. Most modern chromatographic instruments are equipped with digital electronic integrators that permit precise estimation of peak areas. If such equipment is not available, manual estimate must be made. A simple method, which works well for symmetric peaks of reasonable widths, is to multiply the height of the peak by its width at one half the peak height. Peak area = Height of the peak x width at one-half of the peak height

41 Calibration and Standards
The most straightforward method for quantitative chromatographic analyses involves the preparation of a series of standard solutions that approximate the composition of the unknown. Chromatograms for the standards are then obtained and peak heights or areas are plotted as a function of concentration. A plot of the data should yield a straight line passing through the origin.

42 Methods for Describing Column Efficiency
A chromatographic column is made up of numerous discrete but contiguous narrow layers called theoretical plates. At each plate, equilibration of the solute between the mobile and stationary phase was assumed to take place. Movement of the solute down the column was then treated as a stepwise transfer of equilibrated mobile phase from one plate to the next.

1.Retention time 2.Retention volume 3.Seperation factor 4. Resolution 5. Height Equivalent to a Theoretical Plate (HETP) 6. Efficiency 7. Asymmetry factor

44 1.Retention time: Retention time is the difference in time between the point of injection and appearance of peak maxima. It is also defined as time required for 50% of a component to be eluted from a column. It is measured in minutes and seconds. 2.Retention volume: Retention volume is the volume of carrier gas or liquid required to elute 50% of the component from the column. It is the product of retention time and flow rate. Retention volume = Retention time × flow rate 3.Seperation factor: Separation factor is the ratio of partition coefficient of the 2 components to be separated. S=Ka/Kb

45 Ka, Kb = Partition coefficients of a, b
If there is a more difference in partition coefficient between 2 compounds, the peaks are far apart and the separation factor is more. If the partition coefficient of 2 compounds are similar, then the peaks are closer and the separation factor is less. 4. Resolution: Resolution is the measure of extent of separation of 2 components and the base line separation achieved. Rs = 2 (Rt1-Rt2) / w1 + w2 5. Height Equivalent to a Theoretical Plate (HETP): Relationship between plate height and column variables A theoretical plate is an imaginary or hypothetical unit of a column where distribution of solute between stationary phase and mobile phase has attained equilibrium. It can also be called as a functional unit of the column.

46 A theoretical plate can be of any height, which describes the efficiency of separation. If HETP is less, the column is more efficient. If HETP is more, the column is less efficient. HETP = length of the column / no. of theoretical plates HETP is given by Van deemter equation: HETP = A + B/u + Cu Where A = Eddy diffusion term or multiple path diffusion which arises due to the packing of the column. This can be minimized by uniformity of packing. B = Longitudinal diffusion term or molecular diffusion. C = Effect of mass transfer. u = flow rate or velocity of the mobile phase. 6. Efficiency: Efficiency of a column is expressed by the theoretical plates. n = 16 Rt2/ w2

47 Where n = no of theoretical plates
Rt= retention time w = peak width at base Rt and w are measured in common units (cm or mm , min or sec ). No of theoretical plates is high, the column is said to be highly efficient. For GLC, a value of 600/meter is sufficient. But in HPLC, high values like 40,000 to 70,000/ meter are recommended. 7. Asymmetry factor: A chromatographic peak should be symmetrical about its centre and said to follow Gaussian distribution. But in practice due to some factors, the peak is not symmetrical and shows tailing or fronting. Fronting is due to saturation of stationary phase and can be avoided by using less quantity of sample. Tailing is due to more active adsorption sites and can be eliminated by support pretreatment. Asymmetry factor (0.95 to 1.05) can be calculated by AF = b/a (b, a calculated by 5% or 10% of the peak height).

48 Causes of abnormal peaks in HPLC chromatogram
Broad peaks occur due to the more conc. of sample, large injection volume, column deterioration. Ghost peaks occur due to the contamination of the column, compound from earlier injections. Negative peaks occur if mobile phase absorbance is larger than sample absorbance. Peak doubling occurs due to the co- elution of interfering compound, column over load, channeling in column. Base line spikes occur due to the air bubbles in the mobile phase and/or detector, column deterioration.

49 ADVANTAGES OF HPLC Separations are fast and efficient (high resolution power) Continuous monitoring of the column effluent It can be applied to the separation and analysis of very complex mixtures Accurate quantitative measurements. Repetitive and reproducible analysis using the same column. Adsorption, partition, ion exchange and exclusion column separations are excellently made.

50 7. HPLC is more versatile than GLC in some respects, because it has the advantage of not being restricted to volatile and thermally stable solute and the choice of mobile and stationary phases is much wider in HPLC. 8. Both aqueous and non aqueous samples can be analyzed with little or no sample pre treatment. 9. A variety of solvents and column packings are available, providing a high degree of selectivity for specific analyses. 10. It provides a means for determination of multiple components in a single analysis.

51 APPLICATIONS: HPLC is one of the most widely applied analytical separation techniques. Pharmaceutical: Tablet dissolution of pharmaceutical dosages. Shelf life determinations of pharmaceutical products. Identification of counterfeit drug products. Pharmaceutical quality control. Environmental Forensics Clinical Food and Flavor

52 Introduction to LC-MS (Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry)
The ultimate in separation-analysis techniques involves the coupling of the HPLC output to a mass spectrometer. This technique of LC/MS combines the ability to separate very complex mixtures with the extreme analytical sensitivity of mass spectrometry. The major problem with the technique has been the development of an interface between the liquid eluant from the column and the very low pressure within the mass spectrometer which will permit the selective introduction of the separated components and removal of the undesirable carrier solvents. It is perhaps worth reflecting on the extreme cost and sophistication of this arrangement, compared with the basic percolation column set-up, to appreciate the enormous advances which have been made in separation and analytical technology.

53 Practical points for HPLC use
Every individual item of equipment used in HPLC is both delicate and expensive, and extreme care must be taken by anyone using such a set-up-that is if they want the chance to use it on future occasions! The most important `do nots' are the following. Never start work on an HPLC set-up without. first obtaining permission from the person responsible for its upkeep and giving instructions on its correct use. Do not be tempted to rush the degassing of the solvents; a few minutes skipped here will invariably cause several hours of extra work once air bubbles have got into the system. Check the solvent reservoir periodically and do not allow it to run dry.

54 Never forget to use a pre-column filter and always check the age of the filter presently in use. If in doubt, clean the filter and put in fresh adsorbent. If at all possible, carry out a preliminary clean-up on your sample before the analysis-a simple filtration through a Pasteur pipette filled with a little TLC silica will be sufficient. Do not force the pump to work at very high rates of eluant flow. This will cause the stationary phase to compact and the resultant increase in back pressure can result in leaking joints or damage to the pump. When increasing flow rates, do so slowly, or the instantaneous back pressure developed might also damage the pump. If in doubt about anything, ask the person in charge for direction. Do not attempt to find out by trial and error as mistakes in HPLC are always costly in time, money and popularity.

55 The Role of HPLC in Drug Analysis

56 Retention Time Time required for the sample to travel from the injection port through the column to the detector.

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