Recent advances in microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography

Alex Marsh, Brian Clark, Margo Broderick, Joe Power, Sheila Donegan, Kevin Altria

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Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) is an electrodriven separation technique. Separations are typically achieved using oil-in-water microemulsions, which are composed of nanometre-sized droplets of oil suspended in aqueous buffer. The oil droplets are coated in surfactant molecules and the system is stabilised by the addition of a short-chain alcohol cosurfactant. The novel use of water-in-oil microemulsions for MEEKC separations has also been investigated recently. This report summarises the different microemulsion types and compositions used to-date and their applications with a focus on recent papers (2002-2004). The effects of key operating variables (pH, surfactant, cosurfactant, oil phase, buffer, additives, temperature, organic modifier) and methodology techniques are described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3970-3980
Number of pages11
Issue number23-24
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


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