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HPLC Method Development 

This 1-day HPLC method development training course for the experienced chromatographer. The course provides a step-by-step approach to all the crucial aspects of method development, including information gathering, mode of chromatography, development of mobile phase systems, column choice, principles of ionisation/suppression, optimisation of important chromatographic parameters (R, α, k’ and N), isocratic and gradient operation and detector choice and optimisation. Each aspect is discussed in detail with relevant examples used to demonstrate theoretical principles. Chromatographic modelling software-based exercises are included to give further understanding.

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This one day course provides a step-by step approach to method development for HPLC. 

All sections are accompanied by participative tutorial exercises using interactive chromatgraphic modelling software simulations for increased understanding of critical concepts.

Who is this course for

This course is designed for the more experienced chromatographer with a good working knowledge of HPLC separations. Attendance of the Fundamental HPLC and HPLC Troubleshooting and Maintenance training courses is not compulsory but is advantageous.

Previous knowledge

Delegates should have a good knowledge of chromatography and experience as HPLC users. Some experience in method development is recommended. A good grounding in chemistry is also beneficial.

What you will learn

  • Setting method development objectives
  • Sample preparation
  • System choices
  • Choosing a column and mobile phase
  • Optimisation strategies
  • Quantitation and system characterisation

Course Outline


  • Establishing method objectives
  • Literature searching: What is known?  What needs to be known?

Sample Preparation

  • Sample clean up
  • Analyte extraction
  • SPE explained
  • Mobile phase selection
  • Optimising for sample type/application

System choices

  • How to choose the appropriate injector/detector
  • Typical operating conditions
  • Developing and optimising injection conditions
  • Mobile phase flow & band broadening (Van Deemter)
  • Modes of chromatography 

Choosing a Column and Mobile Phase

  • Choosing the correct phase
  • Computer-based tools for column choice
  • Effects of column geometry
  • Review of modern stationary phases
  • Isocratic vs. Gradient operation
  • Theory and development of eluent gradients 

Optimisation Strategies

  • Capacity factor, Efficiency, Resolution, Selectivity
  • Resolution equation
  • Step-by-step guide for logical method development
  • Example method development

Quantitation & System Characterisation

  • Single and multi-level calibration
  • Internal standards
  • System suitability testing
  • Introduction to validation

We recommend that course numbers are limited to 20 so that each delegate gets the opportunity to ask questions and fully participate in tutorial exercises.

As the training is delivered on-site, we can design the course material to suit your specific needs.

Customisable written assessments are available if required

Contact us 

Contact [email protected] for more information.

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