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Pittcon premiere for new Kromasil SFC columns

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March 9th 2015

Bohus, Sweden: AkzoNobel’s Separation Products, a global leader in separation products for analytical and purification applications, will formally launch its new Kromasil® SFC family of supercritical fluid chromatography columns at the upcoming Pittcon expo in New Orleans.

The new Kromasil SFC slurry-packed columns, developed as part of AkzoNobel’s continued drive to support greener chemistry technologies, are based on the trusted, high performance, state-of-the-art spherical Kromasil silica, designed for faster separations based on 2.5 µm particle size technology and available with diol, silica, cyano and 2-ethylpyridine phases.

Ideal for UHPLC, HPLC and SMB

These features make the new SFC family ideal as analytical and semiprep columns in UHPLC, HPLC, SFC and SMB applications and for bulk in pilot and full-scale production.

AkzoNobel Separation Products is a regular presence at Pittcon where its Kromasil team on Booth 2344 at the Ernest Morial Center will be showing columns and materials for achiral and chiral applications.

Green technology

They will also be able to demonstrate how the new SFC technology’s low viscosity separation and high flow rates increase productivity and efficiency, with lower CO2emissions.

The new columns also exhibit more efficient evaporation of fractions, leading to solvent waste reduction.

“These columns are tailor-made for research and development as well as for routine analysis,” said Mattias Bengtsson, Kromasil’s Head of Global Marketing and Sales, who will be part of the Pittcon expo team, along with General Manager Sylvia Winkel and SFC Product Manager Cecilia Mazza.

SFC stationary phase

“With these chemistries, the laboratory scientist is able to separate and analyze a wide range of substances, from non-polar to strongly polar compounds, using Kromasil’s SFC stationary phase that we can show should be the first choice for reliability, consistency and reproducibility,” said Mr. Bengtsson.

The Kromasil team will also be able to show how medium-sized and high-throughput laboratories looking to improve efficiency will now be able to benefit from the enhanced separation qualities of newly-introduced SFC columns with internal diameters of 3.0 mm and 4.6 mm, the main dimensions used in modern processes.

About Kromasil

The Kromasil® product line is made by the Swedish-based Separation Products group of AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals, one of the world’s leading providers of specialist chemicals.

The Kromasil team has become fully back-integrated manufacturer of totally spherical silica particles for high performance chromatography.

The introduction of Kromasil silica-based packing materials has greatly improved the effectiveness of liquid chromatography with its unique combination of high pore volume and surface area, together with a very high mechanical stability that remain unmatched by any other packing media on the market.

Kromasil packings and columns have been used over the years for demanding chromatographic separations all over the world ranging from small synthetic pharmaceuticals, up to peptides and larger molecules. Popular applications include HPLC analysis of aromatics, Determination of carnitine and aminoanthracene derivatives, UHPLC separation, identification of peptides and chiral entity separations.

About Pittcon 2015

Pittcon has become one of North America’s largest annual conferences and expositions on laboratory science. Since its origins as The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Pittcon has grown to attract more than 16,000 attendees from industry, academia and government from over 90 countries worldwide.

Pittcon 2015 is a four-day event staged from March 8 to March 12 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

The conference’s mission is to sponsor and sustain educational and charitable activities for the advancement and benefit of scientific endeavor, with proceeds from the event funding science education and outreach from kindergarten to adult levels. Last year, Pittcon donated more than $1m to provide financial and administrative support for various science outreach activities including science equipment grants, research grants, scholarships and internships for students and teacher awards.

The event is designed for all laboratory scientists identifying, quantifying, analyzing or testing the chemical or biological properties of compounds or molecules.

From its roots in analytical chemistry and spectroscopy, Pittcon has evolved into an event that now encompasses life sciences, pharmaceutical discovery and QA, food safety, environmental, bioterrorism and other emerging markets.

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