A cycloolefin polymer chip supporting the concatenation of isoelectric focusing (IEF) and reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) is demonstrated for high throughput two dimensional peptide separations. A unique benefit of the mixed-mode platform is the ability of IEF to act as a highly concentrating electrokinetic separation mode for effective isolation of sample components prior to RPLC. The thermoplastic chip contains integrated high pressure microvalves, enabling uniform sample transfer from the IEF channel to multiple parallel RPLC channels, gradient elution from each RPLC column, and hydrodynamic isolation between the separation dimensions. The reusable system is shown to provide efficient 2-D separations together with facile interfacing with MALDI-MS, suggesting a new path towards effective peptide analysis from complex samples.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering