Effects of Titanium Contamination Caused by Iron-Free High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Systems on Peak Shape and Retention of Drugs with Chelating Properties

Iron-free HPLC systems, better known as biocompatible systems, are generally regarded to be chemically more inert compared to conventional HPLC systems. In this work, we studied the chromatographic behavior of some classes of compounds of pharmaceutical interest, analyzed with iron-free systems. Issues typically associated with metal contamination, i.e. strong peak tailing, were observed when using an amide polar-embedded column. Effects of the contamination were visible when anhydrous methanol-acetonitrile was used, indicating that this solvent, albeit generally considered safe for conventional HPLC systems, induce corrosion of iron-free systems. Learn More