Get Empowered: Review Window and the Processing Method | Tip #129, GPC/SEC Data

By July 10, 2019

Tip #129: Working with GPC/SEC data in Empower Software (Part 6)

Welcome back to Get Empowered! In the last Empower tip-of-the-week post for Empower Chromatography Data Software, we learned about Cumulative Matching Percent Calibration (Tip #128).

In this week’s tip, we will begin a discussion on using Custom Fields in GPC/SEC analyses. A few things to note before we get started: 1) It would be helpful to review the following Empower tips on Custom Fields: Tips #82-90 and Tips #92-99 and 2) the GPC Default project (which comes with the GPC option in Empower) has eight Custom Peak Fields, we will review these in an upcoming Empower tip.

Now, let’s look at some practical ways to use Custom Fields when dealing with polymers.

Let’s get started.

Example 1: Polymer Type

Step 1

If you need to document polymer type, create a Sample Custom Field, data type Enumerated to create a list of polymer types (figure 1).

Empower Tips: Create a Sample Custom Field | Figure 1

Figure 1

Step 2

In the Sample Set Method or Alter Sample, select a ‘Polymer Type’ from the drop-down list (figure 2).

Empower Tips: select a Polymer Type | Figure 2

Figure 2

Step 3

Once the data is processed, add Polymer Type to the report (figure 3).

Empower Tips: Add Polymer Type to the report | Figure 3

Figure 3

Example 2: Percent of Claimed Molecular Weight

Step 4

Similar to percent of label claim, often times a quality control lab needs to calculate the percent of claimed molecular weight for a polymer.  First create a Component Custom Field for the claimed or theoretical molecular weight (figure 4).

Empower Tips: Edit Custom Field for Mw | Figure 4

Figure 4

Step 5

Second, a Simple Peak Custom Field dividing the calculated (from the calibration curve) Mw by the Claimed Mw and then multiplied by 100 will yield the percent of claimed molecular weight (figure 5).

Empower Tips: Edit Custom Filed percent of claimed Mw | Figure 5

Figure 5

Step 6

In the Sample Set Method or Alter Sample, enter the Claimed Mw in the Component Editor.  Be sure to select ‘Standards & Unknowns’ from the SampleSet Type dropdown list and enter the Claimed Mw on the Components tab for the sample (figure 6).

Alter Sample Set / Sample Set Type | Figure 6

Figure 6

Step 7

Once the data is processed, the result for the percent of claimed molecular weight can be seen in Review and/or added to the report (figure 7).

Empower Tips: View or report percent of claimed molecular weight | Figure 7

Figure 7

It’s that easy!

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


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Next week in Empower Tip #130 – We will continue with the series on working with GPC/SEC data in Empower (Part 7).

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