Retention in continuous two-dimensional thermal field-flow fractionation: Comparison of experimental results with theory

Pertti Vastamäki (Corresponding Author), P. Stephen Williams, Matti Jussila, Michel Martin, Marja-Liisa Riekkola

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    A theoretical and experimental study of continuous two-dimensional thermal field-flow fractionation (2D-ThFFF) is presented. Separation takes place in radial flow between two closely spaced discs, one of which is heated and the other cooled in order to maintain a temperature gradient across the channel. The cooled disc, which serves as the accumulation wall, is rotated relative to the other to create a shear component to the fluid flow. Under the influence of the thermal gradient and flow components, the sample components spiral outwards along different paths to the outer rim of the channel to be collected. The general principle of operation is described and an approximate theoretical model formulated for predicting the outlet position for the path of each sample component. Influence of the principal operational parameters, such as radial and angular flow rates and thermal gradient, on deflection angle of the sample trajectory are investigated. Fractionation is demonstrated for polystyrene polymer standards in a binary solvent consisting of cyclohexane and ethylbenzene. Experimental results are compared with theoretical predictions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)116 - 127
    JournalThe Analyst
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



    • field-flow fractionation
    • continuous fractionation
    • two-dimensional separation
    • thermal gradient
    • polystyrene
    • retention

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