Syed Salman Lateef and Vinayak A K
Development of Supercritical Fluid Chromatography methods for the replacement of existing USP Normal phase liquid chromatography methods
Normal phase liquid chromatography methods often have long run times and involve environmentally toxic/costly solvents. Supercritical chromatography methods on the other hand are faster, inexpensive, and eco-friendly. The low viscous supercritical carbon dioxide operates at high flow rates compared to LC without losing separation efficiency. In this work, SFC methods are developed to replace three United States Pharmacopeial (USP) normal phase achiral methods â€“ prednisolone, tolazamide and cholecalciferol. System suitability parameters of the normal phase method are compared against the SFC method. Precision, linearity and robustness of the new SFC methods are demonstrated. SFC methods were found to be cost effective in terms of analysis time and solvent savings. The SFC method does not require purchase and disposal of expensive environmentally hazardous chemicals. Hence, the newly developed SFC method provides a faster and safer solution.