Within this article, Raffaella Preti of Sapienza University of Rome, reviews the main applications of core-shell columns in food analysis, highlighting the results achieved and the potential of their use in this evolving sector.
The increased separation efficiency provided by the new technology of column packed with core-shell particles in high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) has resulted in their widespread diffusion in several analytical fields: from pharmaceutical, biological, environmental, and toxicological. The present paper presents their most recent applications in food analysis. Their use has proved to be particularly advantageous for the determination of compounds at trace levels or when a large amount of samples must be analyzed fast using reliable and solvent-saving apparatus. The literature hereby described shows how the outstanding performances provided by core-shell particles column on a traditional HPLC instruments are comparable to those obtained with a costly UHPLC instrumentation, making this novel column a promising key tool in food analysis.
The full review article, Core-Shell Columns in High-Performance Liquid Chromatography: Food Analysis Applications,1 is published online in the International Journal of Analytical Chemistry and is free to access.
1. Pretti, R. International Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 2016, Article ID 3189724, DOI 10.1155/2016/3189724