Reverse Elution Order in Separation of Alkali Cation

Primesep C separates a mixture of inorganic cations, potassium, sodium, and lithium, by a combination of cation exchange and complex formation. The peak order is reversed on the Primesep C column compared to the order normally obtained on columns that rely on cation exchange alone. The mobile phase mixture of water, acetonitrile (MeCN, ACN) and ammonium acetate is compatible with UV and evaporative light scattering detection (ELSD).


Column Primesep C, 4.6×50 mm, 5 µm, 100A
Mobile Phase MeCN/H2O
Buffer AmAc
Flow Rate 1.0 ml/min
Detection ELSD 50C



Class of Compounds
Ions,  Hydrophilic, Ionizable, Vitamin, Supplements
Analyzing Compounds Sodium, Potassium,  Lithium, Chloride


Application Column

Primesep C

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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ELSD Detection
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