Get Empowered: Review Window and the Processing Method | Tip #34

By September 12, 2017


Tip #34: Extract Chromatograms and Spectra from 3D PDA Data (Part 1)

Welcome back to Get Empowered! In the last Empower tip-of-the-week blog for Empower Software, we explored how to use an older calibration curve to quantitate samples. This week we will learn one of the ways to extract chromatograms and spectra from 3D PDA data. (Part 1)

Often times I want to use my photodiode array (PDA) detector for qualitative purposes, that is, to collect my data over a wavelength range and then look at the chromatogram at different wavelengths and the spectra for the various peaks. I want to do this without developing a processing method or deriving channels in a method set. There are several ways to do this. Here is one simple approach.

Step 1

Let’s start by bringing a 3D PDA channel into review (Figure 1). You can use injections or sample sets, depending on your preference.

Empower Tips: 3D PDA channel review | figure 1

Figure 1

 Step 2

Click the Extract Chromatogram tool and a wavelength marker appears to right of the contour plot (Figure 2).

Empower Tips: Extract Chromatogram tool | figure 2

Figure 2

Step 3

Using the mouse, slide the marker to the desired wavelength. The chromatogram appears in the chromatogram plot (Figure 3).

Empower Tips: Chromatogram appears in the chromatogram plot | figure 3

Figure 3

Step 4

You can also double-click inside the marker, enter a specific wavelength, and press the enter key to move to a desired wavelength (Figure 4).

Empower Tips: Enter and move desired wavelength | figure 4

Figure 4

Step 5

Let’s repeat steps 2 and 3 to extract another chromatogram (Figure 5).

Empower Tips: Extract another chromatogram | figure 5

Figure 5

Step 6

Click the overlay tool to compare the chromatograms (Figure 6).

Empower Tips: Compare the chromatograms | figure 6

Figure 6

Step 7

Finally, click the 2D Channels tab in the lower left portion of the window to display a table listing of the extracted chromatograms (Figure 7).

Empower Tips: 2D Channels tab/display a table listing of the extracted chromatograms | figure 7

Figure 7

 

That was easy! Now let’s look at the spectra for the peaks.

 

Step 8

Click the Extract Spectrum tool. A marker appears along the time axis of the contour plot (Figure 8).

Empower Tips: Extract Spectrum tool | figure 8

Figure 8

Step 9

Using the mouse, drag the cursor to a peak. The spectrum is displayed in the Spectrum Review window (Figure 9).

Empower Tips: Spectrum displayed/Spectrum Review window | figure 9

Figure 9

Step 10

You can also double click inside the marker, enter a specific time, and press the enter key to move to a desired peak (Figure 10).

Empower Tips: Enter specific time/Move to a desired peak | figure 10

Figure 10

Step 11

Repeat steps 8 and 9 to extract a spectrum from another peak (Figure 11). The spectra are automatically overlaid in a stack plot layout.

Empower Tips: Extract a spectrum from another peak | figure 11

figure 11

Step 12

Any overlay (chromatograms or spectra) can be modified by right clicking in the plot and selecting properties (Figure 12).

Empower Tips: Modify overlay/Chromatograms or spectra | figure 12

Figure 12

Step 13

The overlay tab allows you to modify the overlay and the legend tab allows you to add information to the plot (Figure 13).

Empower Tips: Overlay tab to modify/Legend tab to add plot information | figure 13

Figure 13

It’s that easy!

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Final note:

This procedure can be followed using the QuickStart or Pro interface.


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Next week in Empower Tip #35: Extracting Chromatograms and Spectra from 3D PDA Data (Part 2)

 

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