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Frequently Asked Questions

Which chiral column should be used?

It is nearly impossible to foresee which chiral stationary phase will provide the highest selectivity for a certain racemate. Some common racemates that can be separated by our chiral column can be found in the application guide. If the structure of your compound is similar to the compounds shown in the application guide, then there is a good chance that the same column / mobile phase will also provide enantiomeric separation for your compound.

Kromasil AmyCoat and CelluCoat are stationary phases that are very general, thus provide separation for most racemates. These two columns can be used under normal phase, polar mode and reversed phase conditions. For reversed phase applications, specific RP columns should be used. Kromasil AmyCoat and CelluCoat are based on modified polysaccharides that are adsorbed onto a silica matrix. Attention has to be given to the choice of mobile phase solvents in order to avoid desorption of the polysaccharide polymer.

Best results are often obtained when an aprotic polar modifier is used, e.g. ethers or esters incombination with heptane. For basic racemates, acidic and basic additives often lead to significant improvements of the peak shape. The acidic additive (e.g. formic acid or acetic acid) should be used in excess, e.g. 0.1% acid and 0.05% amine (DEA, or TEA).

For detailed information concerning our chiral columns, please consult our chiral brochures.