XSelect™ HPLC columns are designed for scientists who routinely develop chromatographic methods. They provide you with a diverse selection of sorbents to help you separate the most difficult analyte co-elutions.
XSelect columns are:
The XSelect™ family of columns contains both advanced hybrid CSH technology, as well as, silica-based HSS technology with a broad selection of optimized bonded ligands. It is the combination of base particle and bonded ligands that influences analyte selectivity. Each, when used alone, does not create dramatic selectivity changes; however, in combination, the substrate and ligand create the ultimate tools for enhancing analyte selectivity.
High mass loading applications like compound purification and dissolution testing are highly demanding of column performance. Under these extreme loading conditions, the limiting factor for reproducible scaling, often results from an inability of the column to maintain symmetrical peak shape. This manifests itself as severe tailing of the main compound peak, which often overwhelms the trace impurities that you are trying to remove in the purification. XSelect™ CSH™ columns consistently provide narrow peaks under high loading conditions that allow the chromatographer the ability to separate trace-level impurities or degradants giving you more loading capacity with less time and solvent.
The third generation of hybrid particle technology has evolved to create a Charged Surface Hybrid (CSH™) particle. Based on Waters patented Ethylene-Bridged Hybrid [BEH] particle technology, the CSH particles incorporate a low-level surface charge, designed to improve sample loadability and peak asymmetry in low-ionic-strength mobile phases, while maintaining the mechanical and chemical stability inherent in BEH particle technology.
Advantages of CSH Technology include:
The CSH particle is formed from a synthetic pathway starting with an unbonded BEH particle. Each step of the process is carefully monitored and process controlled to ensure that the result yields a highly stable and reproducible product for subsequent ligand bonding. The process starts by chemically bonding a surface charge to the BEH particle creating a Charged Surface Hybrid. This process is highly controlled to exacting standards to ensure optimized surface coverage. Too much surface charge, or too little surface charge, hinders chromatographic performance and will result in a sorbent that offers poor analyte loadability and peak shape. The final step of the particle synthesis is the bonding and end-capping using the desired ligands. The controlled surface ratio of bonded ligand to end-cap is critical to final column performance.
CSH Technology dramatically improves virtually all facets of LC column performance in acidic, low-ionic-strength mobile phases that are commonly used in the chromatographic laboratory.
With a seemingly endless number of method parameters to try, developing a new chromatographic method can be an overwhelming, and time-consuming experience. Essential to any method development strategy is finding a suitable column that delivers the desired separation while resulting in a robust and reliable separation.
Waters HPLC Method Development kits consist of several analytical columns, encompassing a broad range in selectivity, to accommodate your method development approach and enable methods to be developed efficiently and effectively.
High pore volume silica-based HPLC particles do not possess the mechanical stability necessary to withstand the high pressures inherent of UPLC® separations. This becomes important when your laboratory needs to transfer methods from your existing HPLC instrumentation to an ACQUITY UPLC® system. This mechanical limitation led Waters material scientists to develop a silica particle designed for high mechancial stability and provide long column lifetimes and UPLC efficiencies at high pressures. The High Strength Silica (HSS) particle is the first and only 100% silica-based particle designed, tested and intended for both HPLC and UPLC separations [1034 bar].
The successful transfer of a method requires careful consideration and understanding of key parameters such as column dimensions, system volumes and configurations, injection volume and gradient profile. In addition to the proper geometric scaling of all method parameters, the successful transfer of an analytical method requires the preservation of chromatographic column selectivity and resolving power, regardless of particle size.
Method Transfer kits are designed to preserve the integrity of a separation as it is transferred between UPLC® and HPLC platforms. Based on the concept of maintaining column length [L] to particle size [dp] ratio [L/dp], these kits provide an ACQUITY UPLC® column with an HPLC column of equivalent selectivity and resolving power. Using the ACQUITY UPLC columns calculator, methods can be fully transferred from HPLC to UPLC or from UPLC to HPLC.
Each kit contains one UPLC column, one HPLC column. The ACQUITY UPLC columns calculator can be downloaded from the ACQUITY UPLC Online Community at www.waters.com/myuplc.
Transfer Between LC Technology Platforms with Ease
Waters full line of state-of-the-art XSelect™ HPLC columns are chosen by scientists who understand that performance and innovation are linked and their success depends on them.
XSelect CSH C18 - general purpose columns that provide alternative selectivity compared to other C18 sorbents. Charged Surface Hybrid (CSH™) technology helps overcome column related problems such as peak shape asymmetry and poor loading for basic compounds, column bleed, and slow mobile-phase re-equilibration.
XSelect CSH Fluoro-Phenyl - designed to maximize selectivity differences, and provides maximum method development freedom, especially when using low-pH mobile phases. The non-encapped sorbent provides enhanced retention of acidic compounds.
XSelect CSH Phenyl-Hexyl - provides alternative analyte selectivity compared to traditional reversed-phase columns and are a valuable tool for method development. The trifunctionally bonded C6 phenyl-ligand is a robust, low bleed sorbent that selectively retains polyaromatic compounds through pi-pi interactions
XSelect HSS C18 - the most stable commercially available bonded phase for low-pH mobile phases, and does not suffer from peak shape issues that plague older stationary phases, which rely upon steric protection (and lack of endcapping) to produce stability at low pH.
XSelect HSS C18 SB - intended for low pH separations that contain complex mixtures of basic and non-basic compounds. XSelect HSS C18 SB columns provide alternative analyte selectivity compared to most modern, high coverage, fully endcapped C18 stationary phases.
XSelect HSS T3 - trifunctional alkyl-C18-bonded phase that is compatible with 100% aqueous mobile phases and provides ultra-low MS bleed, while promoting superior polar compound retention.
XSelect HSS PFP - a non-endcapped silica-based HPLC column designed for low-pH separations that require alternative selectivity compared to a fully endcapped, high coverage C18 phase.
XSelect HSS CN - an ultra-performance general purpose propyl cyano bonded phase that provides superior peak shape for bases, increased retention, and extremely long column lifetimes at low pH.
The reproducbility of the chromatographic column has a critical impact on the long-term reliability and robustness of an analytical method, and its reproducibility lies completely outside the user's control.
With exceptional batch-to-batch and column-to-column reproducibility, Waters well-established particle and column manufacturing process control provides confidence in the long-term reliability of your analytical method. ACQUITY UPLC® Method Validation kits include three batches of chromatographic media [derived from different base particles] to judge the quality, reliability, and consistency of your chromatographic method.
Minimize Risk with Dependable Column Performance
Three different batches of bonded material derived from three different base particles demonstrates the solid reproducibility that can be expected from ACQUITY UPLC columns, assuring the long-term reproducibility of your analytical method.
Method development scientists use selectivity and retentivity to influence chromatographic behavior. The selection of phases in the XSelect™ family offers the chromatographer the ability to retain highly polar analytes using XSelect HSS T3, which is complimentary to the retention behavior offered by XSelect CSH™ fluoro-phenyl and phenyl phases.
Selectivity is manipulated through the use of pH, mobile-phase buffer strength, organic modifier, and column choice. Mobile-phase conditions and organic modifier are easy to control and understand. It is much more difficult for a chromatographer to determine how different one stationary phase is from another. By plotting retention factors to compare columns, you can easily determine how different a particular column is to another.
XP columns give superior performance to core-shell columns.