Separation of profen enantiomers by capillary electrophoresis using cyclodextrins as chiral selectors

M. Blanco, J. Coello, H. Iturriaga, S. Maspoch, C. Pérez-Maseda

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A method for resolving the enantiomers of various 2-arylpropionic acids (viz. ketoprofen, ibuprofen and fenoprofen) by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) using a background electrolyte (BGE) containing a cyclodextrin as chiral selector is proposed. The effects of the type of cyclodextrin used and its concentration on resolution were studied and heptakis-2,3,6-tri-O- methyl-β-cyclodextrin was found to be the sole effective choice for the quantitative enantiomeric resolution of all the compounds tested. The influence of pH, BGE concentration, capillary temperature and addition of methanol to the BGE on resolution and other separation-related parameters was also studied. The three compounds studied can be enantiomerically resolved with a high efficiency in a short time (less than 20 min) with no capillary treatment. This makes the proposed method suitable for assessing the enantiomeric purity of commercially available pharmaceuticals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-175
JournalJournal of Chromatography
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 1998


  • Arylpropionic acids
  • Buffer composition
  • Enantiomeric separation
  • Fenoprofen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Ketoprofen
  • Pharmaceutical analysis
  • Profens


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