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Capillary Electrophoresis Gains Acceptance As Applications Increase

Through the years, a variety of separation techniques have been used by researchers in their continuing challenge to accurately separate and identify analytes of interest from complex mixtures. Numerous procedures, physical as well as chemical, conducted in an assortment of vessels, are often used to achieve this goal. During the past 25 years, column techniques such as gas chromatography (GC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) have led to successful separation and identification

Howard Goldner

Through the years, a variety of separation techniques have been used by researchers in their continuing challenge to accurately separate and identify analytes of interest from complex mixtures. Numerous procedures, physical as well as chemical, conducted in an assortment of vessels, are often used to achieve this goal. During the past 25 years, column techniques such as gas chromatography (GC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) have led to successful separation and identification of thousands of compounds.


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A relatively new process, capillary electrophoresis (CE), commercialized less than a decade ago, is currently one of the fastest-growing areas in separation technology. This rapid gain in popularity is largely due to the impressive benefits CE offers, including the efficient separation of a wide variety of compounds such as amino acids, peptides, proteins, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products, oligonucleotides, carbohydrates, vitamins,...

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