University Of Tasmania

File(s) under permanent embargo

Critical comparison of retention models for optimisation of the separation of anions in ion chromatography. I. Non-Suppressed anion chromatography using phthalate eluents and three different stationary phases

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-16, 11:18 authored by Madden, JE, Paul HaddadPaul Haddad
A series of mathematical models describing analyte retention behaviour in non-suppressed ion chromatography of anions has been compared in order to assess their suitability for inclusion in computer optimisation software for determining the optimal eluent composition for a desired separation. The series of models comprised the linear solvent strength model (using both the dominant equilibrium approach and the competing ion effective charge approach), the dual eluent species model, the Kuwamoto model, the extended dual eluent species model and the multiple species eluent/analyte model, together with a new empirical model, the end points model. An extensive set of experimental retention data obtained for 15 anions (acetate, fluoride, iodate, bromate, chloride, nitrite, bromide, chlorate, nitrate, iodide, oxalate, sulfate, sulfite, thiosulfate and phosphate) on three columns (Waters IC Pak A, Hamilton PRP-X100 and Vydac 302 IC) using phthalate eluents of varying concentration and pH was used to evaluate the ability of each model to predict retention factors. Statistical comparison of the predicted retention factors with those obtained experimentally showed that the performance of the theoretical models improved with the complexity of the model, but none of the theoretical models could give sufficiently reliable prediction of retention factors (especially for divalent analyte ions) for the model to be used in optimisation software. However, the empirical end points model (in which a linear relationship is assumed between log k′ and log [eluent], but the slope of the relationship is determined empirically) gave satisfactory performance, with correlation coefficients for all analytes of 0.9953, 0.9840 and 0.9919 for the Hamilton PRP-X100, Vydac 302 IC and Waters IC Pak A columns, respectively.


Publication title

Journal of Chromatography A










School of Natural Sciences



Place of publication

The Netherlands

Rights statement

The definitive version is available at

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences

Usage metrics

    University Of Tasmania