Ion exchange chromatographyPrinciple:
Ion exchange chromatography is a technique for separating compounds based on their net charge. Ion exchange chromatography resin contains negatively or positively charged functional groups covalently bound to a solid support, yielding either a cation or anion exchanger, respectively. Charged compounds are adsorbed and retained by an ion exchanger having the opposite charge, whereas compounds that are neutral or have the same charge as the media pass through the void volume and are eluted from the column. The binding of the charged compounds is reversible, and adsorbed compounds are commonly eluted with a salt or pH gradient. Ion exchange media are available in various particle sizes, ionic forms, and purity ranges. Ion exchange chromatography is used both for preparative and analytical purposes can separate a large range of molecules from amino acids and nucleotides to large proteins.
Cation exchange chromatography: uses a negatively charged ion exchange resin with an affinity for molecules having net positive surface charges.
Anion exchange chromatography: uses a positively charged ion exchange resin with an affinity for molecules having net negative surface charges.