Application of rapid-scanning multichannel detectors in chromatography: Plenary lecture

A F Fell, H P Scott

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A review of progress in the field of multichannel detection in column and thin-layer chromatography is presented, together with some novel applications of a computer-based, linear photodiode array UV-visible spectrophotometer for detection in high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Computer-aided methods for simultaneous monitoring of the elution profile at three wavelengths with automatic peak detection and capture of UV spectra are described. The continuous calculation of absorbance ratios during elution is discussed as an index of peak homogeneity. A novel technqiue for the enhancement of qualitative indentification in HPLC, based on transformation of captured spectra to the second derivative or to the decadic logarithm, is proposed. These developments are exemplified by a model system of diacetylmorphine and its principal metabolites and degradation products, morphine and 6-acetylmorphine. The potential utility of three-dimensional projections of (A, ?, t) data is discussed in the context of pharmaceutical, bioanalytical and forensic applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-17
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Chromatography B: Biomedical Sciences and Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1983


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