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The Parameters and Applications of HPLC

Dinkar Sahal*

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jamia Hamdard University, Hamdard Nagar, New Delhi, India

*Corresponding Author:
Dinkar Sahal
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
Jamia Hamdard University,
Hamdard Nagar,
New Delhi,
E-mail: Dinkarsahal 97@gmail.com

Received: 03-Nov-2022, Manuscript No. JPA-22- 80561; Editor assigned: 07-Nov-2022, Pre QC No. JPA-22- 80561 (PQ); Reviewed: 21-Nov-2022, QC No. JPA-22- 80561; Revised: 28-Nov-2022, Manuscript No. JPA-22- 80561 (R); Published: 05-Dec-2022, DOI: 10.4172/2320-0812.11.5.003

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About the Study

The analytical chemistry method of High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), formerly known as high-pressure liquid chromatography is used to separate, recognize, and quantify each component in a mixture. It uses pumps to move a column of solid adsorbent material through a pressured liquid solvent containing the sample combination. Each component in the sample interacts with the adsorbent material slight differently, resulting in various flow rates for the various components causing the components to separate as they flow out of the column.

Parametrs of HPLC

Theoretical: When components are separated into signal peaks and recognized by equipment like a UV detector or a mass spectrometer, it is possible to characterize this process using theoretical parameters and equations for HPLC separations. The plate theory (which is a component of partition chromatography) and the rate theory of chromatography/Van Demeter equation are two sets of chromatographic theory from which the parameters are substantially derived. Of course, HPLC chromatogram analysis can be used to put them into effect, however rate theory is thought to be the more accurate theory. They represent how successfully HPLC separates a mixture into two or more components that are detected as peaks (bands) on a chromatogram, and are equivalent to the computation of retention factor for a paper chromatography separation.

Internal diameter: An essential factor that affects the gradient elution's detection sensitivity and separation selectivity is an HPLC column's internal diameter (ID). Additionally, it limits how much analyte may be placed onto the column. Larger columns are typically found in industrial settings, such as when a medicine product is being purified for future use. Low-ID columns sacrifice loading capacity for increased sensitivity and less solvent usage.

Due to their great loading capacity, larger ID columns (above 10 mm) are utilized to purify useable amounts of material. Although smaller columns are quickly rising in favour, analytical scale columns (4.6 mm) have historically been the most used form of column. They are utilized in conventional sample quantitative analysis.

Particle size: The stationary phase is typically attached to the exterior of tiny, spherical silica particles when using classical HPLC (very small beads). There are several different sizes of these particles, with 5 m beads being the most prevalent. More surface area and greater separations are typically provided by smaller particles, but the pressure needed to achieve the best linear velocity rises by the inverse of the square root of the particle diameter.

Pore size: For more surface area, many stationary phases are porous. Bigger holes have superior kinetics, especially for larger analytes, while smaller pores offer more surface area.


Manufacturing: Both in the laboratory and in the field of clinical science, HPLC has several uses. Since it is a reliable method for obtaining and ensuring product purity, it is a common approach employed in the creation of pharmaceuticals. Even while HPLC can create products of incredibly high quality (purity), it isn't always the main technique used to create bulk medicinal compounds.

Legal: The detection of illegal drugs in urine is another application for this technology.

Research: Research can use similar techniques to find concentrations of prospective medicinal candidates like antifungal and asthma medications.

Medicine: HPLC can be used for medication analysis in medicine; however nutritional analysis is more closely associated with this use. Blood serum is the sample used for the majority of medical HPLC tests, even though urine is the most used medium for assessing drug concentrations.


HPLC differs from conventional ("low pressure") liquid chromatography in that operational pressures are much greater (50-350 bar), whereas in conventional liquid chromatography the mobile phase is normally passed through the column by the force of gravity. The average column dimensions for analytical HPLC are 2.1–4.6 mm in diameter and 30-250 mm in length due to the limited sample amount that is separated. Additionally, smaller adsorbent particles (2–50 m in average particle size) are used to create HPLC columns.