Get Empowered: Review Window and the Processing Method | Tip #37

By October 4, 2017

Tip #37: Working with Misidentified Peaks Due to Retention Time Shifts (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 work with peaks that have been misidentified due to retention time shifts (Part 1). This week we will explore Part 2 of dealing with this issue.

For this tip, let’s use the Manually Identify Peaks tool.

Step 1

Let’s start by bringing channels into review, in this case one standard and one sample. I modified the chromatogram plot so that we see a stack plot of the standard as compared to the sample (Figure 1).

Empower Tips: Bringing channels into review | figure 1

Figure 1

Step 2

Open the processing method and integrate/calibrate the standard (Figure 2).

Empower Tips: Integrate/calibrate the standard | figure 2

figure 2

Step 3

Then integrate/quantitate the sample (Figure 3).

Empower Tips: Integrate/quantitate the sample | figure 3

Figure 3

Step 4

We see that the third peak in the sample chromatogram is not identified and the Peak Type in the peaks table is unknown. Furthermore, there is no calculated amount for the component (Figure 4).

Empower Tips: No calculated amount for the component | figure 4

Figure 4

Step 5

Let’s assume the peak at 8.033 minutes is peak 3. An easy way of identifying the peak and quantitating the component is to click the Manually Identify Peaks tool (Figure 5).

Empower Tips: Click the Manually Identify Peaks tool | figure 5

Figure 5

Step 6

A marker with the peak name appears to right of the peak at the expected retention time (Figure 6).

Empower Tips: Peak name appears to right of the peak/expected retention time | figure 6

Figure 6

Step 7

Using the mouse, move the marker close to the apex of the peak. The peak is identified and the calculated amount is displayed (Figure 7).

Empower Tips: Peak is identified/calculated amount is displayed | figure 7

Figure 7

Step 8

You can save this result by going to the File menu and selecting Save, Result (Figure 8). This will be flagged as a manually saved result.

Empower Tips: Save this result | figure 8

figure 8


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 #38: Working with Misidentified Peaks Due to Retention Time Shifts (Part 3)


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