Ion Chromatography Analysis by Analyte

Common analytes determined by ion chromatography

Which analytes are commonly analyzed by ion chromatography, and what are the regulations and methods used? See the categories listed below to find out.


Common analytes analyzed by ion chromatography

Analyzing Ammonia by Ion Chromatography

Ammonia is a hazardous substance that can be found in drinking water, pharmaceuticals, and even soil.

Analyzing Cyanide by Ion Chromatography

The plating and mining industries can release cyanide into the air from burning coal and plastics. The metal cyanides can dissociate to release the toxic substance HCN into water.

Analyzing Pharmaceuticals by Ion Chromatography

The use of ion chromatography to characterize, quantitate, and analyze pharmaceuticals for purity, counter ions, and excipients.

Analyzing Transition Metals by Ion Chromatography

Some transition metals have been linked to disease and can contaminate soil or water when disposed of incorrectly.

Analyzing Biogenic Amines by Ion Chromatography

Consuming high concentrations of biogenic amines such as histamine and serotonin—which are naturally present in many foods—can result in unwanted symptoms.

Analyzing Anions by Ion Chromatography

Weak-acid preservatives are anions widely used to prevent microbial spoilage of acidic foods and beverages. Some require concentrations on food labels.

Analyzing Halides by Ion Chromatography

Halides are binary compounds formed by combining a metal with one of the five halogen elements (chlorine, bromine, fluorine, iodine, and astatine).

Analyzing Carbohydrates by HPAE-PAD Ion Chromatography

Using IC with HPAE-PAD, there’s no need for derivatization or a chromophore.

Analyzing Phosphate by Ion Chromatography

Excess use of phosphate fertilizers over the last several decades has caused significant water quality and health issues on a global scale, requiring testing for phosphate pollution.

Analyzing Arsenic by Ion Chromatography

It is important to distinguish between the toxic and nontoxic arsenic forms when measuring arsenic in drinking water or other consumables.

Analyzing Organic Acids by Ion Chromatography

Various industries use organic acids for corrosion treatment and prevention, while beverage industries use them to enhance flavor, color, and aroma, as well as for stability and microbiological control.

Analyzing Organic Amines­­ by Ion Chromatography

Ion-exchange chromatography with suppressed conductivity for amine analyses is ideal for organic amine analysis.


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Applications summary

Applications Summary for Analyzing Inorganic Anions and Cations, Toxic Contaminants, and Disinfection Byproducts

Technical note

Methods for the liquid chromatographic analysis of carbohydrates have often employed silica-based amino- bonded or polymer-based, metal-loaded, cation-exchange columns, with refractive index (RI) or low-wavelength ultraviolet (UV) detection.


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