In the latest development in LC-NMR, solid phase extraction cartridges are used to immobilize selected peaks after the chromatographic separation. The chromatography solvents are removed and the samples are eluted with fully deuterated solvents from the cartridges into either an NMR flow probe or into standard NMR sample tubes.
The standard trapping/elution process on an SPE cartridge already provides a concentration of the sample that leads to a 100% sensitivity gain compared to LC-NMR. In addition the chromatography can be repeated to multiply the sample content of the cartridge prior to the elution into the NMR. This easily supplies enough material for more demanding inverse experiments or the detection of very low concentrated compounds.
The Bruker LC-SPE-NMR system provides a dramatic increase in signal-to-noise of the NMR spectra by sample concentration. This makes it ideal for full structural elucidation with more demanding inverse experiments, or for the investigation of low concentrated impurities. Furthermore, the fully deuterated elution solvents provide standard conditions for the acquisition of NMR spectra.
LC-SPE-NMR system is therefore the system of choice for detailed investigation of individual peaks from chromatographic separations. For screening purposes chromatography can be connected to a flow probe. A dedicated interface is not required.