Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 17(3), 429 (2001).

Application of an HPLC-FTIR Modified Thermospray Interface for Analysis of Dye Samples
Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Thomas Graham Building, 295 Cathedral Street, Glasgow G1 1XL, United Kingdom
Previously, we developed a reversed-phase HPLC method compatible to high performance liquid chromatography diffuse reflectance Fourier-transform infrared (HPLC-FTIR) thermospray interface for the analysis of dyes. Dye separation achieved with a mixed-mode (SCX-ODS) column using a small gradient (90 to 80% water with acetic acid) and pH 3.25; 10 to 20% acetonitrile was considered to be suitable for HPLC-FTIR. A constant-voltage setting for the thermospray temperature (227°C) was successfully used for this gradient condition. The HPLC-separated components deposited as a series of concentrated spots on a moving tape were scanned by specially developed HPLC-FTIR software. Excellent repeatability of the thermospray deposition FTIR chromatograms and IR spectra was obtained. The interface-derived spectra of the separated components of formulated and purified reactive dyes were compared and differences in spectral features were observed.