This book gives an overview of the numerical data analysis and signal treatment techniques that are used in chromatography and related separation techniques. Emphasis is given to the description of the symmetrical and asymmetrical chromatographic peak shape models. Both theoretical and empirical models are discussed.

The fundamentals of data acquisition, types and effect of baseline noise, and methods of improving the signal-to-noise ratio (either in time or in frequency and wavelet domain) are thoroughly discussed. Resolution enhancement techniques, such as curve fitting, deconvolution by Fourier and wavelet transforms, iterative deconvolution, Kalman filtering and multivariate methods of curve resolution are all discussed with several chromatographic examples. Quantitative analysis by peak area of peak height measurement, the precision and accuracy of the quantitation of stand-alone or overlapping and symmetrical or asymmetrical peaks are treated. In a separate chapter, guidelines are given for the use of transform techniques for the analysis of chromatograms.

A statistical description of peak overlap is given in the final chapters. Since the concept of resolution has to be reconsidered when one separates complex mixtures, the problem of resolution and overlap is quantitatively discussed by means of statistical methods, and by using Fourier analysis of the complex chromatogram.

Features of this book

• The ultimate source of numerical techniques to enhance chromatographic data

• Gives a detailed description of signal and resolution enhancement techniques in a manner applicable for enhancing not only chromatography, but also spectroscopic and other analytical signals

• The first book with a thorough overview of the statistics of peak overlap.

This is the first volume to encompass both the simple and more sophisticated methods for the numerical treatment of chromatograms. It is, therefore, the fundamental resource of num

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Mathematical background. Random variables. Random processes. Fourier analysis. 3. Models of chromatography. Plate models. Mass balance model. General rate model. Statistical model. Asymmetrical peak shapes. Nonlinear chromatography. Extra-column effects. Exponentially modified Gaussian model. 4. Data acquisition. Sampling theorem. Errors of digitalization. Recovery of the analog signal. Practical issues of sampling analytical signals. Quantitation. A/D converters. 5. Peak shape analysis. Empirical peak shape models. Curve fitting to the empirical models. Characterization of peak asymmetry. Comparison of peak shapes. 6. Noise. Noise types and sources. The observed noise. Noise in analytical signals. Noise profile of chromatographic detectors. Signal-to-noise ratio. Computer simulation of noise. 7. Signal enhancement. Digital filters. Filtering in time domain. Ensemble averaging. Correlation techniques. Fourier-domain filtering. Kalman filter. 8. Peak detection. Matched filters. Peak detection by derivatives. 9. Quantitative analysis. Graphical integration of stand-alone peaks. Graphical integration of overlapping peaks. Numerical measurement of peak height and peak area. Accuracy and precision of the measured values. 10 Resolution enhancement. Peak resolution. resolution of overlapping peaks. Peak sharpening. Moment analysis of overlapping peaks. Deconvolution using natural computation. 11. Multivariate signal resolution. Factor analysis. Spectral and chromatographic ratioing. 12. Transform techniques in chromatography. Fourier transform. Other transforms. 13. Information theory. Entropy and information. Entropy of random variables. Information transfer through channels. Information content of quantitative analysis. Maximum entropy method.


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About the editor

A. Felinger

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Veszprém, Egyetem utca 10, H-8200 Veszprém, Hungary