HPLC Separation of Compounds of Catecholamine Pathway

The catecholamine neurotransmitters are amino-acid derivatives of tyrosine. DOPA, tyrosine, phenylalanine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and dopamine and baseline are resolved on a
Primesep 200 column with UV-transparent phosphate buffer. This method can be used for the analysis of catecholamines and related impurities in various matrices. The peak order and retention time can be changed by changing the amount of ACN, buffer concentration and buffer pH. Various buffers can be used to accommodate the desired detection technique. Primesep 200 is a reversed-phase cation-exchange mixed-mode column that can be used for analysis of polar neutral, polar ionizable, polar zwitterionic, hydrophobic neutral, and hydrophobic ionic compounds in the same run. Column can be operated in reverse-phase, cation-exchange, anion-exclusion, HILIC and mixed-modes depending on the mobile phase selection and the nature of the analytes. The column is compatible with LC/MS and does not require the use of ion-pairing reagents.


Column Primesep 200, 4.6×150 mm, 5 µm, 100A
Mobile Phase MeCN/H2O
Buffer TFA, AmFm
Flow Rate 1.0 ml/min
Detection UV, 210 nm



Class of Compounds
Drug, Acid, Hydrophilic, Ionizable, Hormone
Analyzing Compounds Tyrosine, DOPA, Phenylalanine, Norepinephrine, Epinephrine, Dopamine


Application Column

Primesep 200

The Primesep family of mixed-mode columns offers a wide variety of stationary phases, boasting unprecedented selectivity in the separation of a broad array of chemical compounds across multiple applications. Corresponding Primesep guard columns, available with all stationary phases, do not require holders. SIELC provides a method development service available to all customers. Inquire about our specially-tailored custom LC-phases for specific separations.

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Application Analytes:
DOPA (3,4-dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine)

Application Detection:
ELSD Detection
UV Detection
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