Preparative HPLC-MS is often the method of choice for purification of small amounts (<100 mg) of diverse new molecules, such as compound libraries for drug discovery. The method is robust, well proven, and widely applicable. In contrast, preparative supercritical fluid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (SFC-MS) has seen only slow acceptance for the same application-despite some potential scientific and economic advantages. One of the reasons for slow adoption of SFC-MS is the lack of well-proven, robust, and commercially available instrumentation. In early 2009, TharSFC (a Waters Company, Pittsburgh, PA) introduced a new fully integrated system for preparative SFC-MS: The SFC-MS Prep-100. We report herein an objective evaluation of the SFC-MS Prep-100, including tests for pump and autosampler performance, sample recovery, sample carryover, fraction triggering, detector/fraction collector synchronization, and overall robustness. Our results suggest that the SFC-MS Prep-100 represents a significant advance over previous generation instrumentation. © 2011 Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening.
Ebinger, K., Weller, H. N., Kiplinger, J., & Lefebvre, P. (2011). Evaluation of a New Preparative Supercritical Fluid Chromatography System for Compound Library Purification: The TharSFC SFC-MS Prep-100 System. Journal of Laboratory Automation, 16(3), 241–249. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jala.2010.03.005