## Abstract

The objective of this work is to establish a means of correcting the theoretical maximum peak capacity of comprehensive two-dimensional (2D) separations to account for the deleterious effect of undersampling first-dimension peaks. Simulations of comprehensive 2D separations of hundreds of randomly distributed sample constituents were carried out, and 2D statistical overlap theory was used to calculate an effective first-dimension peak width based on the number of observed peaks in the simulated separations. The distinguishing feature of this work is the determination of the effective first-dimension peak width using the number of observed peaks in the entire 2D separation as the defining metric of performance. We find that the ratio of the average effective first-dimension peak width after sampling to its width prior to sampling (defined as 〈β〉) is a simple function of the ratio of the first-dimension sampling time (t_{s}) to the first-dimension peak standard deviation prior to sampling (^{1}σ): 〈β〉 = √1+0.21(t_{s}/^{1}σ)^{2} This is valid for 2D separations of constituents having either randomly distributed or weakly correlated retention times, over the range of 0.2 ≤ t_{s}/ ^{1}σ ≤ 16. The dependence of 〈β〉 on t _{s}/^{1}σ from this expression is in qualitative agreement with previous work based on the effect of undersampling on the effective width of a single first-dimension peak, but predicts up to 35% more broadening of first-dimension peaks than is predicted by previous models. This simple expression and accurate estimation of the effect of undersampling first-dimension peaks should be very useful in making realistic corrections to theoretical 2D peak capacities, and in guiding the optimization of 2D separations.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 461-473 |

Number of pages | 13 |

Journal | Analytical chemistry |

Volume | 80 |

Issue number | 2 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Jan 15 2008 |