HPLC Separation of Glyphosate Reaction Intermediates and Impurities

Glyphosate and intermediates/impurities of production are separated on an Obelisc N HILIC/ion-exchange column by a combination of HILIC and ion-exchange mechanism. Method can be used in analysis of glyphosate, iminodiacetic acid, (N-phosphonomethyl)-imminodiacetic acid, diethanolamine and related impurities in reaction mixtures, waste and ground waters. Detection techniques are LC/MS, ELSD, CAD and UV.


Column Obelisc N, 4.6×150 mm, 5 µm, 100A
Mobile Phase MeCN/H2O
Buffer Ammonium Formate
Flow Rate 1.0 ml/min
Detection ELSD


Class of Compounds
Herbicide, Hydrophilic, Ionizable
Analyzing Compounds Glyphosate, IDA, PMIDA, DEA


Application Column

Obelisc N

SIELC has developed the Obelisc™ columns, which are mixed-mode and utilize Liquid Separation Cell technology (LiSC™). These cost-effective columns are the first of their kind to be commercially available and can replace multiple HPLC columns, including reversed-phase (RP), AQ-type reversed-phase, polar-embedded group RP columns, normal-phase, cation-exchange, anion-exchange, ion-exclusion, and HILIC (Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography) columns. By controlling just three orthogonal method parameters - buffer concentration, buffer pH, and organic modifier concentration - users can adjust the column properties with pinpoint precision to separate complex mixtures.

Select options
Application Analytes:
DEA (Diethanolamine)
IDA (Iminodiacetic acid)
PMIDA (Phosphonomethyliminodiacetic acid)

Application Detection:
ELSD Detection
SIELC Technologies usually develops more than one method for each compound. Therefore, this particular method may not be the best available method from our portfolio for your specific application. Before you decide to implement this method in your research, please send us an email to research@sielc.com so we can ensure you get optimal results for your compound/s of interest.