Single fiber-in-capillary annular column for gas chromatographic separation

Pengzhi Li, Zemin Xu, Xiupei Yang, Weiwen Bi, Dan Xiao*, Martin M F CHOI

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A method for preparation of a stationary phase-adjustable column with in-column stationary phase-coated fused-silica fiber annular column was successfully developed. The surface of a 0.12 mm o.d. bare optical fiber was first coated with a stationary phase and then inserted into a fused-silica capillary (non-coated or coated) as an annular column for gas chromatographic study. The optical fiber and capillary were coated with polydimethylsiloxane (SE-30) and polyethylene glycol 20M (PEG-20M) as nonpolar and polar stationary phases, respectively. Among the investigated annular and open tubular columns, the PEG-20M-coated fiber-in-PEG-20M-coated capillary annular column showed the highest column efficiency with a minimum plate height of 0.35 mm and an optimum gas velocity of 25 cm/s. When a SE-30/PEG-20M-coated fiber-in-uncoated capillary annular column was applied to separate a 9-component complex mixture, the total analysis time was 5.3 min and the column length was 12 m. By contrast, when a SE-30-coated fiber-in-PEG-20M-coated capillary annular column was used to separate the same 9-component mixture, the analysis time was reduced to 3.5 min and the column length was shortened by half to 6 m. Our results show that the stationary phase-coated fiber-in-stationary phase-coated capillary annular column is a better choice for gas chromatographic separation as it is more efficient and flexible. In addition, the proposed annular column design provides flexibility in using two or even more types of stationary phases to achieve optimal analytical separation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3343-3348
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chromatography A
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2009

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Annular column
  • Gas chromatography
  • Tunable selectivity


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