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Fundamentals of micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC)

Syed Asad Ali Rizvi (1,*) , Duc Phuc Do (2) , Ayman Mahmoud Saleh (3)

(1) School of Pharmacy, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Erie, PA 16509, USA
(2) Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL 60628, USA
(3) Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Erie, PA 16509, USA
(*) Corresponding Author

Received: 04 Feb 2011 | Accepted: 24 Feb 2011 | Published: 30 Jun 2011 | Issue Date: June 2011


Micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) is a useful branch of capillary electrophoresis (CE) that utilizes surfactant above critical micelle concentration (CMC) as pseudo-stationary phase. MEKC can be employed to separate both charged and neutral molecules, individually or simultaneously, including chiral compounds. MECK benefits from high peak efficiency due to electroosmotic flow (EOF) in the separation capillary, compounded with large variety of synthetic surfactants, organic modifiers, temperature and variable separation voltage has made MECK the method of choice for separation scientists. In this review, we present the introduction of CE, fundamentals of surfactant chemistry as it relates to MEKC, separation principles in MECK including equations involved in calculating separation parameters (capacity factor, resolution etc.).



Capillary electrophoresis; Electroosmotic flow; Micellar electrokinetic chromatography; Surfactants; Critical micelle concentration; Polymeric surfactants

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Rizvi, S.; Do, D.; Saleh, A. Eur. J. Chem. 2011, 2(2), 276-281. doi:10.5155/eurjchem.2.2.276-281.401
Rizvi, S.; Do, D.; Saleh, A. Fundamentals of micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC). Eur. J. Chem. 2011, 2(2), 276-281. doi:10.5155/eurjchem.2.2.276-281.401
Rizvi, S., Do, D., & Saleh, A. (2011). Fundamentals of micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC). European Journal of Chemistry, 2(2), 276-281. doi:10.5155/eurjchem.2.2.276-281.401
Rizvi, Syed, Duc Phuc Do, & Ayman Mahmoud Saleh. "Fundamentals of micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC)." European Journal of Chemistry [Online], 2.2 (2011): 276-281. Web. 20 Jan. 2020
Rizvi, Syed, Do, Duc, AND Saleh, Ayman. "Fundamentals of micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC)" European Journal of Chemistry [Online], Volume 2 Number 2 (30 June 2011)

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