Get Empowered: Review Window and the Processing Method | Tip #35

By September 20, 2017

Tip #35: Extract Chromatograms and Spectra from 3D PDA Data (Part 2)

Welcome back to Get Empowered! In the last tip-of-the-week blog for Empower Software, we explored one of the ways to extract chromatograms and spectra from 3D PDA data (Part 1). This week we will learn another way (Part 2).

This time we will work with the Contour Plot to accomplish our task. The Contour Plot is similar to a topographical plot of a mountain range. It plots time along the x-axis and wavelength along the y-axis. The color of the contour lines corresponds to the amount of absorbance at a certain point in time and at a particular wavelength.

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

If you right-click anywhere in the Contour Plot, you have the choice to Extract Spectrum at that point in time or Extract Chromatogram at that wavelength (Figure 2).

Empower Tips: Extract Spectrum/Extract Chromatogram | figure 2

Figure 2

Step 3

Select Extract Spectrum, and the spectrum appears in Spectrum Review (Figure 3).

Empower Tips: Extract Spectrum/Spectrum Review | figure 3

Figure 3

Step 4

Select Extract Chromatogram, and the chromatogram appears in the chromatogram plot (Figure 4).

Empower Tips: Select Extract Chromatogram | figure 4

Figure 4

Step 5

Repeating steps 3 and 4 allows you to overlay chromatograms at different wavelengths and spectra from different time points (Figure 5).

Empower Tips: Overlay chromatograms/Different wavelengths, spectra, and time points | figure 5

Figure 5


It’s that easy! Here’s a bonus tip!


Bonus Step 1

If you right-click on a peak in the chromatogram plot, you have the option to extract the spectrum at that time point (Figure 6).

Empower Tips: Click peak for option to extract the spectrum | figure 6

Figure 6

Bonus Step 2

If you right-click on a spectrum in Spectrum Review, you have the option to extract the chromatogram at that wavelength (Figure 7).

Empower Tips: Right click spectrum to extract the chromatogram at that wavelength | figure 7

Figure 7


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 #36: Working with Misidentified Peaks Due to Retention Time Shifts (Part 1)


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