DryLab draws on the philosophy described in the three most famous Solvophobic Theory papers IIIIII of Csaba Horváth, which were developed in the years 1975-1977 at Yale University (see also literature by Dr. Imre Molnár). Read more about the Fundamentals of DryLab...

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Establishing column batch repeatability according to Quality by Design (QbD) principles using modeling software

Norbert Rácz, Róbert Kormány, Jenő Fekete, Imre Molnár
J Pharm Biomed Anal., 108, 10 April, 1–10 (2015), DOI: 10.1016/j.jpba.2015.01.037

Keywords: DOE, DryLab, QbD, Robustness, UPLC-column comparison


Twelve columns of same brand name but different batches were compared. 3D design of experiment modeled by DryLab was used to compare column selectivity and performance. 3D resolution space allows establishing better method robustness before validation. A multivariable design space (MODR) allows flexible routine work with columns. This procedure allows easy column replacement to retain method robustness.

Multifactorial design principles applied for the simultaneous separation of local anesthetics using chromatography modeling software

C.Chamseddin, T.Jira
Anal. Methods, 6, 6702-6710 (2014)


This study describes the development of liquid chromatographic methods for the simultaneous separation of some of the most popular local anesthetics in pharmaceutical preparations and medical praxis (benzocaine, bupivacaine, chloroprocaine lidocaine, oxybuprocaine, prilocaine, procaine, propipocaine and tetracaine) based on a systematic approach using experimental design methodology in which one or more factors are changed at the same time. The strategy employs a chromatography modeling software for the simultaneous optimization of critical chromatographic parameters, which are gradient time tG, temperature T and the ternary composition of the organic eluent B.

DryLab is one of the most established software for chromatography modeling, which allows for modeling of chromatographic separations based on input data from two or more experimental runs. The use of DryLab for HPLC modeling to facilitate methods development was well documented in the last 27 years. In this time a continuous development occurred to the software which enabled it to cope more with the ongoing technological progress. On the other hand, a number of published studies exist that deal with the use of DryLab in different chromatographic modes and wide application ranges. DryLab is applied to solve different analytical problems in pharmaceutical analysis, which deal mostly with the separation of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in the presence of their impurities and/or their degradation products. In the field of phytochemical analysis many applications on complex plant extracts are also available. Moreover, DryLab has been successfully applied to optimize the separation of different groups of environmental pollutants, peptides and proteins and metabolites.

Comparison of liquid chromatography and supercritical fluidchromatography coupled to compact single quadrupole massspectrometer for targeted in vitro metabolism assay

D.Spaggiari et. al
Journal of Chromatography A, 1371, 244–256 (2014)

Keywords: MS-supported automated method development, In vitro metabolism, Cocktail approach, UHPLC–MS, UHPSFC–MS, Compact single quadrupole


Supercritical fluidchromatography (SFC) was for the first time applied in the context of an in vitro metabolism study. LC and SFC method development procedures were assisted with single quadrupole detector, optimization was performed by computer simulation using DryLab modeling software. Baseline separation of 16 compounds was achieved in both LC and SFC. LOQs of 2–100 ng/mL and 2–200 ng/mL were achieved in LC–MS and SFC–MS, respectively. The compact single quadrupole was successfully used for in vitro metabolism study.

DryLab® optimised two-dimensional high performance liquid chromatography for differentiation of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine based methamphetamine samples

Luke M. Andrighetto; Paul G. Stevenson; James R. Pearson; Luke C. Henderson; Xavier A. Conlan
Forensic Science International, 244, 302-305 (2014)

Keywords: DryLab, Multidimensional high performance liquid chromatography, Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine, Methamphetamine


In-silico optimised two-dimensional high performance liquid chromatographic (2D-HPLC) separations of a model methamphetamine seizure sample are described, where an excellentmatch between simulated and real separations was observed. DryLab optimisation reduced 2D-HPLC development time significantly. Targeted separation of model compounds was completed with significantly reduced method development time. This separation was completed in the heart-cutting mode of 2D-HPLC where C18 columns were used in both dimensions taking advantage of the selectivity difference of methanol and acetonitrile as the mobile phases. This method development protocol is most significant when optimising the separation of chemically similar chemical compounds as it eliminates potentially hours of trial and error injections to identify the optimised experimental conditions. After only four screening injections the gradient profile for both 2D-HPLC dimensions could be optimised via simulations, ensuring the baseline resolution of diastereomers (ephedrine and pseudoephedrine) in 9.7 min. Depending on which diastereomer is present the potential synthetic pathway can be categorised.

Robust UHPLC Separation Method Development for Multi-API Product Amlodipine and Bisoprolol: The Impact of Column Selection

Róbert Kormány, Imre Molnár, Jenő Fekete, Davy Guillarme, Szabolcs Fekete
Chromatographia, 77, 17-18, 1119-1127 (2014), DOI: 10.1007/s10337-014-2633-9

Keywords: UHPLC, Method development, Quality by design (QbD), DryLab, Amlodipine, Bisoprolol


A new and fast ultra-high pressure liquid chromatographic separation of amlodipine and bisoprolol and all their closely related compounds is described for impurity profiling purposes. Computer-assisted method development with DryLab was applied and the impact of several state-of- the-art stationary phase column chemistries (50 × 2.1 mm, sub-2 μm, and core–shell type materials) on the achievable selectivity and resolution was investigated. The work was performed according to QbD-principles using design of experiment with three experimental factors: gradient time (tG), temperature (T), and mobile phase pH. DryLab proves that the separation of all compounds was feasible on numerous column chemistries within <10 min, by proper adjustments of variables. It was also demonstrated that the reliability of predictions was good, as the predicted retention times and resolutions were in good agreement with the experimental ones. The final, optimized method separates 16 peaks related to amlodipine and bisoprolol within 7 min, ensuring baseline separation between all peak-pairs.

Rapid UHPLC Method Development for Omeprazole Analysis in a Quality-by-Design Framework and Transfer to HPLC Using Chromatographic Modeling

Schmidt, Alexander H., Stanic, Mijo
LCGC North America, 32, 2, 126-148 (2014)

Keywords: UHPLC, DryLab, QbD, Design Space, Method Development, Method Modeling, Method Transfer, Omeprazole, Impurities


The aim of this study was to apply quality-by-design principles to build in a more scientific and risk-based multifactorial strategy in the development of an ultrahigh-pressure liquid chromatography (UHPLC) method for omeprazole and its related impurities.

The work presents a quality-by-design–based method development strategy for a method that tests the purity of omeprazole. The scientific and risk-based multifactorial method development strategy uses visual chro- matographic modeling as a fast and easy-to-use development tool. To speed up the method development process, all experiments are performed on a UHPLC system. The final method is successfully transferred to HPLC conditions. Predicted and experimental retention times are verified to confirm accuracy of the model.

UHPLC Method Development and Modelling in the Framework of Quality by Design

I. Molnár, H.-J. Rieger, A. Schmidt, J. Fekete, R. Kormány
The Column, 10, 6, 16-21 (2014)


The goals in ultrahigh-pressure liquid chromatography (UHPLC) method development are to first find the best separation, second find the best column, and third find the most robust method in a multifactorial Design Space. Trial and error methods are not sufficient anymore and solid science based on Quality by Design (QbD) principles is required.

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