Get Empowered: Review Window and the Processing Method | Tip #32

By August 29, 2017

Tip #32: Overlaying 2D Chromatograms from Different 3D PDA Channels


Welcome back to Get Empowered! In the last Empower tip-of-the-week blog for Empower Software, we explored a fourth option for calculating signal-to-noise ratio (#31) . This tip will demonstrate how to overlay a chromatogram at a particular wavelength from two different 3D PDA channels.

I recently received a question from a subscriber who asked how to overlay 2D channels of the same wavelength from different 3D channels. Thank you for the great question. I will show you two ways to do this and they are pretty simple.

Here’s the first way.

Step 1

Let’s start by bringing two different 3D PDA channels into Review (Figure 1).

Empower Tips: Review 3D PDA channels | figure 1

Figure 1

Step 2

Extract a wavelength from the first channel. In this case, I chose 254 nm from the Extract Choices drop down list (Figure 2). (There are multiple ways of doing this, and I will cover this topic in a future tip for Empower Software.)

Empower Tips: Extract a wavelength | figure 2

Figure 2

Step 3

From the File menu select Save, Chromatogram (Figure 3).

Empower Tips: Save chromatogram | figure 3

Figure 3

Step 4

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the second channel (Figure 4).

Empower Tips: Repeat steps for the second channel | figure 4

Figure 4


Step 5

Exit out of Review. On the channels tab in Browse Project, notice there are now the single wavelength channels we saved (Figure 5).

Empower Tips: Save single wavelength channels | figure 5

figure 5

Step 6

Bring the single wavelength channels into review (Figure 6).

Empower Tips: Review single wavelength channels | figure 6

Figure 6

Step 7

Click the Overlay tool (Figure 7).

Empower Tips: Click overlay tool | figure 7

Figure 7

Step 8

You can customize the overlay by right-clicking in the plot and selecting Properties (Figure 8).

Empower Tips: Customize the overlay | figure 8

figure 8

Step 9

On the Overlay tab, you can change the display from Overlay in Single Plot to Make Stack Plot. Under Chromatogram Annotation, select All Chroms in Overlay (Figure 9).

Empower Tips: Change the display of Overlay | figure 9

figure 9

Step 10

On the Legend tab you can add the Sample Name and the Channel (which displays the wavelength). Select Display Legend on Screen (Figure 10). Then click OK.


Empower Tips: Legend tab / Add sample name and the channel | figure 10

Figure 10

Step 11

We now have a modified overlay and both channels are labeled with the Sample Name and wavelength (Figure 11).

Empower Tips: Modified overlay/Both channels are labeled with Sample Name and wavelength | figure 11

Figure 11


That is one way to do it. Here is another way.

Step 1

Once the 3D channels have been processed, you can overlay the chromatograms easily. On the Results tab select the results (Figure 12).

 Empower Tips: 3D channels processed / Overlay the chromatograms | figure 12

figure 12

Step 2

Bring the results to Review and click the Overlay tool (Figure 13).

Empower Tips: Review/Overlay tool | figure 13

Figure 13

Step 3

Modify the properties of the overlay as described in steps 8 to 11. Once again, you have an overlay with both channels labeled properly (Figure 14).

Empower Tips: Modify the properties of the overlay | figure 14

Figure 14

It’s that easy!

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Final note:

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


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Next week in Empower Tip #33: Reusing an Older Calibration Curve.


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