A significant run to run RT drift could be possible. A case study.
Up to 1 min for 10 repeated runs using the Cogent Diamond Hydride™ HPLC column showed Retention Time Drift. After conditioning the column with 90% IPA and 10X 1% phosphoric acid injections as suggested for our specific method, we were able to see our compounds of interest. However, we could not get reproducible retention time in repeated sample runs with our sample matrix. I have tried extending the aqueous wash to 20min, still no help. Do you think this is due to our LC or Column Problems?
Mass Spec: Negative ion
Flow rate: at 0.6 ml/minute
Column Temperature: 40° C
Solvent A: 50% water / 50% isopropyl alcohol / 0.025% acetic acid and 5 uM EDTA
Solvent B: 10% water / 90% acetonitrile with 5 mM Ammonium Acetic with 5 uM EDTA adjusted to pH 7.0 using NH3
Injection Volume: 2 ul
Sample dissolved in 50% Acetonitrile/ 50% Water 0.2% Ammonia
Stop: 29 minutes
Post Time: 7 minutes
I don’t think this is a Column issue. The mobile phase is similar to one I used in the Vitamin Separation (Ammonium Acetate in the B solvent, acid in the A solvent). I did notice retention drift issues if the Column was not thoroughly Equilibrated. Please try having the gradient not go all the way to 100% A. There will always some ammonium acetate in the mobile phase.
Ammonium Acetate takes some time to load and remove from the column. If there is always some Ammonium Acetate present, it will not have to be completely removed and then re-adsorbed on the surface for the next run.
Also, I think Column may need 30 minutes more conditioning with solvent A (50% DI water/50% isopropanol), before use.