Online Live HPLC and UHPLC for Practicing Scientists 1: Fundamentals

An all-inclusive 7.5-hour online course on HPLC and UHPLC fundamentals including theory, column, instrument and pharmaceutical applications.

Pricing: Starting USD 895
Duration: 3–8 hours
Registration Info

About the Instructor(s)

Michael W. Dong
Principal Consultant, MWD Consulting

Dr. Michael W. Dong is a principal consultant at MWD Consulting, focusing on consulting and training services on HPLC/UHPLC, pharmaceutical analysis, and drug quality. 

About the Course

This intermediate course will provide the analytical scientist with a clearer understanding and solid working knowledge of the concepts, instrumentation, and columns of HPLC and UHPLC (ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatograph). The focus is on pharmaceutical analysis of small molecule drugs.

Recommended textbook: M. W. Dong, HPLC and UHPLC for Practicing Scientists, 2nd Ed., Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, 2019

  • Modern Concepts
  • HPLC Columns, Trends and Selection Guides
  • HPLC instrumentation and Operating Principles

What You Will Learn

  • Modern theory in HPLC and UHPLC
  • Fundamentals of HPLC columns, modern trends and how to select columns for different analysis

An overview of HPLC instrumentation (system, pump, injector, detector, data system) and their operating principles

Who Should Attend

Analysts, scientists, researchers, and managers in pharmaceutical and other industries who want to get an updated overview of the fundamentals of HPLC and UHPLC in pharmaceutical analysis and other applications. A basic understanding of chemistry and HPLC with some hands-on experience is assumed. 

Course Outline

  • Modern Concepts 

    Introduction:  The chromatographic process, advantages and limitations, and chromatographic modes (NPC, RPC, IEC, SEC)

    Concepts: Retention factor (k), separation factor (a), column efficiency (N), resolution (Rs), tailing factor (Tf), the resolution equation, the linear solvent strength theory, and column void volume (VM

    Mobile phase factors (organic modifiers, pH, buffers), mass spec compatibility, isocratic and gradient separations, operating parameters (Flow, gradient time (tG), column temperature (T)), peak capacity (Pc), references

  • HPLC Columns, Trends and Selection Guides

    Column fundamentals: Glossary and abbreviations, Characteristics and types, packing characteristics (support type, particle size, pore size), bonded phases, end-fittings, plate height (H), the van Deemter equation, and estimation of column efficiency

    Trends: Trends of shorter and smaller columns and the use of high-purity silica, traditional and novel bonding chemistries, the concept of “orthogonality,” a listing of common RPC columns, column selection guide 

    Newer column types: Hybrids, charged surface hybrids, HILIC, sub-3 and sub-2mm, and superficially porous particles (SPP)

  • HPLC instrumentation and Operating Principles 

    System, Pump, and Autosampler. Integrated vs. modular system, solvent delivery system, low-pressure vs. high-pressure mixing, dwell volume and ramification, pump trends, manual injection valve, autosampler types and trends  

    Detectors: Operating principles of UV/Vis detection and characteristics, monitoring wavelength selection,  photodiode array detector (DAD), newer detectors for non-chromophoric analytes (ELSD, CAD, and CLND)

    MS, CDS, peak integration strategy, and Instrument Bandwidth. The mass spectrometer (MS), types and ESI interface, Chromatography Data System (CDS), the concept of instrumental bandwidth (extra-column band broadening), loss of column efficiency vs. column size   

Dates, Locations, and Prices

Five for four! Register five people for one course, one person for five courses, or any combination in between and your fifth registration is free. The free registration will be the course of the lowest price. Please note: This discount cannot be combined with any other discount offered. 


Online Live

Sep 28 - Sep 30, 2022

(9/28, 9/29 and 9/30)

Early Bird Full Price
Member(Premium Package) $895
Member or Associate(Standard or Basic Package) $1095
Non-Member $1095

This course will meet online September 28-30 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM ET. Course fee includes electronic access to the course materials and session recordings. Each person attending must register individually for this course.