Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 17(12), 1383 (2001).

A Handy Detection Cell for End-Column Electrochemical Detection in Capillary Electrophoresis
Masashi GOTO,  Shinsuke INAGAKI, and Yukihiro ESAKA
Department of Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry, Gifu Pharmaceutical University, 5-6-1 Mitahora-higashi, Gifu 502-8585, Japan
A handy and simple detection cell was constructed using a mixing joint for end-column electrochemical detection in capillary electrophoresis (CE). The cell allows for positioning of the working electrode at the end of the separation capillary without the aid of micropositioners. The design facilitates the exchange of electrodes and capillaries without the need to refabricate the entire capillary-electrode setup. The cell can be assembled in a short period of time. Alignment with the joint screw proved to be reproducible for working electrodes of copper and gold. The advantages of reduced time and low cost make the device very attractive for the routine analysis of electroactive species, such as carbohydrates and their derivatives, purine bases and nucleosides, amino acids, and catecholamines etc. by CE with electrochemical detection.