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Ascentis® Express C18, 2.7 μm HPLC Column

2.7 μm particle size, L × I.D. 5 cm × 2.1 mm



stainless steel column

Quality Level


suitable for USP L1

product line







1 ea of


60 °C temp. range
600 bar max. pressure (9000 psi)


HPLC: suitable
LC/MS: suitable
UHPLC-MS: suitable
UHPLC: suitable

L × I.D.

5 cm × 2.1 mm


<5 ppm metals


Fused-Core particle platform
superficially porous particle

matrix active group

C18 (octadecyl) phase

particle size

2.7 μm

pore size

90 Å

surface area

135 m2/g

operating pH



food and beverages

separation technique

reversed phase

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General description

Ascentis Express HPLC columns, through the use of Fused-Core® particle technology, can provide you with both the high speed and high efficiencies of sub-2 μm particles while maintaining lower backpressures. The combination of high efficiency and low backpressure benefits UPLC® (or other ultra high pressure system) users, as well as conventional HPLC users.
Visit the Ascentis Express home page for more information on this new column technology.

Legal Information

Ascentis is a registered trademark of Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC
Fused-Core is a registered trademark of Advanced Materials Technology, Inc.
UPLC is a registered trademark of Waters


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Storage Class Code

12 - Non Combustible Liquids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

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Certificate of Origin

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  1. Which document(s) contains shelf-life or expiration date information for a given product?

    If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis.

  2. How do I get lot-specific information or a Certificate of Analysis?

    The lot specific COA document can be found by entering the lot number above under the "Documents" section.

  3. What is special about Ascentis Express?

    Ascentis Express columns provide a breakthrough in HPLC performance. Based on Fused-Core particle technology, Ascentis Express provides the benefits of sub-2 μm particles but at much lower backpressure.  These benefits include the capability of providing fast HPLC and higher resolution chromatography.  The Fused-Core particle consists of a 1.7 μm solid core and a 0.5 μm porous shell.  A major benefit of the Fused-Core particle is the small diffusion path (0.5 μm) compared to conventional fully porous particles. The shorter diffusion path reduces axial dispersion of solutes and minimizes peak broadening.

  4. Is there anything special I need to do to my HPLC system to use Ascentis Express?

    Nothing special is required to use Ascentis Express HPLC columns.  To obtain the full benefits of Ascentis Express, one should minimize dispersion in the HPLC system (tubing, detector flow cell) as well as confirm the detector response system is set at a fast level.  For more information, request Guidelines for Optimizing Systems for Ascentis Express Columns (T407102).

  5. Can I use Ascentis Express on any type of HPLC system?

    Ascentis Express HPLC columns are capable of use on standard HPLC systems as well as UHPLC systems.  Columns are packed in high pressure hardware capable of withstanding the pressures used in UHPLC systems.

  6. Can I use Ascentis Express on a UHPLC system?

    Yes.  Ascentis Express columns are packed in a way making them suitable for these ultra high pressure instruments.  In fact, Ascentis Express outperforms sub-2 μm micron columns on many applications since Ascentis Express provides the benefits of sub-2 μm particles but at much lower back pressure.  These benefits include the capability of providing fast HPLC and higher resolution chromatography.  The Fused-Core particle consists of a 1.7 μm solid core and a 0.5 μm porous shell.  A major benefit of the Fused-Core particle is the small diffusion path (0.5 μm) compared to conventional fully porous particles. The shorter diffusion path reduces axial dispersion of solutes and minimizes peak broadening.

  7. How do I find price and availability?

    There are several ways to find pricing and availability for our products. Once you log onto our website, you will find the price and availability displayed on the product detail page. You can contact any of our Customer Sales and Service offices to receive a quote.  USA customers:  1-800-325-3010 or view local office numbers.

  8. What is the Department of Transportation shipping information for this product?

    Transportation information can be found in Section 14 of the product's (M)SDS.To access the shipping information for this material, use the link on the product detail page for the product. 

  9. How can I measure my instrument bandwidth (IBW) and determine what Ascentis® Express HPLC Columns can be used with minimal efficiency loss created by too much internal instrument volume?

    The Guide to Dispersion Measurement has simple instructions on how to measure IBW and can be found at

  10. Do I need special fittings and tubing to connect Ascentis® Express HPLC Columns?

    While operating pressures may not exceed the 400 bar (6,000 psi) capability of your traditional instruments, sustained pressures of about 200 bar (3,000 psi) will exceed the recommended pressure for conventional PEEK tubing and fittings at the column inlet. We recommend changing to stainless steel fittings in all high pressure locations and have designed special High Performance HPLC Fittings/Interconnects that will stay tight at pressures of 1,000 bar (15,000 psi) or greater, even when elevated column temperatures are employed.

  11. What flow rate should I use with Ascentis® Express HPLC Columns?

    Based on the minimum in the van Deemter curves, higher flows than 5um particle columns are required in order to maximize Ascentis Express column efficiency. The suggested starting point for flow rate for Ascentis Express columns: 1.6 mL/min for 4.6 mm ID;  0.8 mL/min for 3.0 mm ID; and 0.4mL/min for 2.1 mm ID.

  12. Can Ascentis® Express HPLC Columns be used for LC-MS?

    Express Fused-Core particles were designed with LC-MS in mind. Even extremely short column lengths exhibit sufficient plate counts to show high resolving power. The flat van Deemter plots permit resolution to be maintained at very high flow rates to maximize sample throughput. All Ascentis stationary phases have been evaluated for MS compatibility during their development, and the Express phases are no exception. You can expect extremely low column bleed and background while maintaining longest possible column lifetime. A bonus of Ascentis Express columns for high throughput UHPLC and LC-MS is that they are extremely rugged and highly resistant to plugging, a very common failure mode for competitor columns.

  13. What is the carbon load for Ascentis® Express C18 HPLC Columns?

    Carbon load which is commonly referred to as %Carbon is misleading and not meaningful for Ascentis® Express. Since Fused-Core particle is unique in the sense that it has a solid core and porous shell, the %Carbon number can not be compared to traditional porous particles.  The carbon coverage for Ascentis® Express C18 is 3.5 micromoles/meter-squared

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