Computer-assisted Development of ad hoc Methodology for Monitoring of Inorganic Cations in Surface Water Using Gradient Elution Ion Chromatography

Tomislav Bolanča, Šime Ukić, Andrea Marinović Ruždjak
2011 Croatica Chemica Acta  
This work focuses on development of ad hoc methodology for monitoring of sodium, ammonium, potassium, magnesium and calcium ions in rivers Ilova and Kutinica (southeastern part of Croatia) since often their composition significantly differs from the average (concentration of components and/or matrix). Therefore fast and reliable method development has to be performed in order to meet criteria of the monitoring methodology performance characteristic. Computer assisted routine for prediction of
more » ... for prediction of chromatographic signal, based on a transfer of isocratic elution information into a gradient elution environment, was used in combination with several in-house developed optimization criteria. It is shown that algorithm used for prediction of ion-chromatographic signal offers sufficient information (in comparison to actual measured chromatographic signal) to be applied in global optimization process. Calculated optimal gradient incorporates linearly decreasing, increasing and isocratic part of the eluent concentration time-profile, utilizing full potential of the gradient separation. Developed method was validated proving that it meets criteria for river Ilova and Kutinica monitoring purposes. Moreover, this results show that used computer assisted optimization routine can be successfully applied for fast and reliable ad hoc method development in ion chromatography. (doi: 10.5562/cca1736)
doi:10.5562/cca1736 fatcat:zvoy7ofsjravlboih5dfmahjgm