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RotaChrom has developed a revolutionary preparative purification instrument called Industrial Scale Centrifugal Partition Chromatographic (iCPC). This novel system does not utilize any solid stationary phase (such as silica gel) to achieve precision molecular separation and is demonstrably superior to conventional liquid chromatographic techniques in terms of yield and purity. In addition, the iCPC platform has radically reduced the costs and number of steps associated with downstream method development for a diverse array of purification challenges.

In this system separation occurs between two immiscible liquid phases. The CPC cells, attached to a large rotor, are filled with the liquid stationary phase and immobilized by a strong centrifugal force. The mobile phase moves through the stationary phase in the form of tiny droplets. The large surface area of the droplets assures optimal mass transfer between the phases.

RotaChrom rCPC platform

Like conventional liquid chromatography, separation of the injected sample is based on the sample component’s varying partition coefficients between the mobile and stationary phases. The partition coefficient dictates the amount of time each molecule spends within the mobile and stationary phases and therefore the rate at which each molecule travels through the system. At the end of the purification process automated fraction collectors retain all selected fractions based on the program settings.

RotaChrom designed its top performing CPC cells through Computational Fluid Dynamic simulation software. After thousands of simulations, this tool revealed the drawbacks of conventional CPC cell designs and highlighted the unparallel load capacity and scalable cell design of RotaChrom.

RotaChrom iCPC platform

Drawbacks of Conventional Cell Designs as Revealed by Simulations and Flow Visualizations

  • Circular motion of liquid inside of conventional cells causes back mixing
  • Shorter cells, with less surface area, provide less space for separation to occur
  • Scale-up of conventional cells are problematic. Flow dynamics drastically changed during scale-up
  • Plate-number and stationary phase retention suffered due to bad flow dynamics

Advantages of RotaChrom’s Cell Design

  • Injection plug: responsible for the enhanced and stable droplet dispersion of mobile phase into the stationary phase.
  • Tubular cell wall with filling: The circular cross-section not only enables:
      1. Scalability: Allowing direct scale-up from 2 kg/day (rCPC) to 20 kg/day (iCPC)
      2. Reliable and robust design with simplified access to the cells for maintainance and cleaning purposes
      3. Swab-probing reduces issues during cleaning cycles
      4. Reducing eluent back-mixing
  • Collection plug: Our design increases the solvent retention, which increases loading capacity and chromatographic resolution by 20% for the same column size.

Finally, one of RotaChrom’s most important discoveries was that our extraction cells can be scaled from 10 mm to 100 mm without impacting performance and increasing flows from mL/mins to multiple L/mins. Industrial Scale Centrifugal Partition Chromatography is demonstrably superior to conventional preparative chromatographic techniques in terms of precision performance, adaptability, scalability and cost effectiveness.

RotaChrom technology cell

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