Increasing method reproducibility by eliminating unwanted analyte surfaced interactions


Interactions of analytes with metal surfaces in high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) instruments and columns have been reported to cause deleterious effects ranging from peak tailing to a complete loss of the analyte signal. These effects are due to the adsorption of certain analytes on the metal oxide layer on the surface of the metal components. 

We have developed a novel surface modification technology and applied it to the metal components in ultra HPLC (UHPLC) instruments and columns to mitigate these interactions. A hybrid organic−inorganic surface, based on an ethylene-bridged siloxane chemistry, was developed for use with reversed-phase and hydrophilic interaction chromatography. We have characterized the performance of UHPLC instruments and columns that incorporate this surface technology and compared the results with those obtained using their conventional counterparts. 

We demonstrate improved performance when using the hybrid surface technology for separations of various small molecules as well as nucleotides, phosphopeptides, and oligonucleotides. The hybrid surface technology was found to result in higher and more consistent analyte peak areas and improved peak shape, particularly when using low analyte mass loads and acidic mobile phases. Reduced abundances of iron adducts in the mass spectrum of a peptide were also observed when using UHPLC systems and columns that incorporate hybrid surface technology. These results suggest that this technology will be particularly beneficial in UHPLC/mass spectrometry investigations of metal-sensitive analytes.

Join this session to:

  • Learn about non-specific adsorption and the challenges it can cause
  • Learn about current workarounds that scientists currently use to mitigate non-specific adsorption
  • Learn about MaxPeak HPS technology and how this prevent non-specific adsorption across many different workflows

Kim Haynes

Director of Chemistry Marketing and Product Management , Waters Corporation

Kim Haynes is a Director of Chemistry Marketing and Product Management in the Consumables and Lab Automation Group at Waters Corporation.
Kim manages MaxPeak High Performance Surface Technologies as well as a variety of other programs. Prior to this position, she has worked with Waters Corporation as a chemistry sales specialist and a business development manager.
During her 23 years at Waters, Kim has focused on helping scientists and colleagues understand chromatographic separations and sample preparation. Before joining Waters Corporation, Kim worked as an analytical chemist at Bacardi Martini. She holds a BS in Chemistry from Ohio University.