Analysis of amino acids is typically a time-consuming process, and although this analysis can be speeded up using HPLC or UHPLC for reversed phase pre-column derivatization of the amino acids, the reliability of the results can be adversely affected with samples containing complex matrices, such as biological or food samples. This can be due to insufficient separation of the impurities from amino acids or separation among the amino acids in the sample.
The new UF-Amino Station, a dedicated amino acid analysis system, adopts a mass spectrometer for detection. Mass spectrometry can provide excellent detection selectivity and highly reliable analysis even when the sample contains many components of interest or a complex matrix. Furthermore, the automated derivatization processing provided with the autosampler also contributes to improved reliability of quantitative values.
Here, we introduce the features of the UF-Amino Station that demonstrate its power in actual sample analysis.