Waters today drew back the curtain on several new technologies and a new business venture at Pittcon 2012 in Orlando, Florida
The group's headline announces was its Waters ACQUITY UPC(2) system, a new category of separations science instrumentation.
The system claims to expand the boundaries of reversed phase liquid chromatography (LC) and of gas chromatography (GC) separations and offers a replacement option for normal phase chromatography applications.
Harbaksh Sidhu, UPC(2) Program Director, Waters Division said: "The low system volume along with small particle size column is the result of a holistic design that unlocks the benefits of using compressed CO2 that have never been realized before".
"As someone who's been working with this technology for more than 18 years, I had never witnessed this level of performance before."
According to Sidhu, compressed carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary mobile phase for UPC(2), offers numerous major advantages over liquid mobile phases or carrier gases that are used with LC and GC.
For instance, CO2 alone, or combined with a co-solvent, is a low viscosity mobile phase that achieves higher diffusion rates and enhanced mass transfer than liquids used in HPLC.
When compared to GC, CO2 alone is a mobile phase that allows separations to occur at a much lower temperature.
Waters also announced that it is offering more than 200 pre-packaged, pre-measured, ready-to-use standards and reagents to its worldwide customer base".
""Through our own surveys we know that 90 percent of scientists performing LC or LC/MS analyses use standards and reagents on a daily basis".
"And it's staggering how much time scientists devote to formulating their own standards, buffers and reagents from starting materials purchased from numerous suppliers," said Mike Yelle, Senior Director, Chemistry Commercial Operations, Waters Division".
""Yet until now, there has not been a single-source provider of ready-to-use, certified standards and reagents designed specifically for LC and LC/MS systems".