Ascentis® Express HILIC, 5 μm HPLC Column

5 μm particle size, L × I.D. 15 cm × 3 mm



stainless steel column

Quality Level


suitable for USP L3

product line



endcapped: no




1 ea of


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


HPLC: suitable
LC/MS: suitable

L × I.D.

15 cm × 3 mm


<5 ppm metals


Fused-Core particle platform
superficially porous particle

matrix active group

silica phase

particle size

5 μm

pore size

90 Å pore size

surface area

90 m2/g

operating pH


Featured Industry

Food and Beverages

separation technique

hydrophilic interaction (HILIC)
normal phase

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General description

Ascentis Express 5 μm HILIC is a high-speed, high-performance liquid chromatography column based on a 5-micron Fused-Core® particle design. The Fused-Core particle provides a thin porous shell of high-purity silica surrounding a solid silica core. This particle design exhibits very high column efficiency due to the shorter diffusion paths in the 0.6-micron thick porous shell around and an overall particle size of ~5-microns. The bare silica stationary phase of Ascentis Express 5 μm HILIC provides a column that can be used for traditional normal phase separations using non-polar, totally organic mobile phases or for aqueous normal phase chromatography with the typical reversed-phase mobile phases for hydrophilic interactive liquid chromatography (HILIC) of basic, acidic, or neutral compounds.

Column Characteristics
The Fused-Core particle has a surface area of ~ 100 m2/g and an average pore size of 90Å. The Fused-Core particles are 30% to 50% heavier than commercially available totally porous particles due to the density of the solid cores. Therefore, the effective surface area per column is similar to columns packed with totally porous particles having surface areas in the 160-200 m2/g range.

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Legal Information

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


13 - Non Combustible Solids

WGK Germany


Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

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  5. Can peptide or protein samples be analyzed using HILIC columns?

    Polar peptides are quite amenable to HILIC separations; however, our experience with larger peptides has been only minimally successful - mainly due to solubility issues. Proteins are even more difficult due to the same issue. An additional problem with proteins is that they are often multiply charged. When IEX is performed on multiply charged analytes, you often get what is referred to as a rolling effect where the analyte interacts with ionic sites on the surface in many different ways as it 'rolls' down the column; this produces broad and misshapen peaks.

  6. Would you advise addition of a buffer when using diol or amide stationary phase?

    Yes. if possible you should always have at least a small amount of buffer in a HILIC system to help mediate/control IEX and other polar interactions that are bound to be present (even if at a low level). It is not so much the 'buffering capacity" that is important, but the presence of the competing ions. We have found that their presence helps with day to day and column to column reproducibility. There are times when you need to eliminate the buffer, but aside from special circumstances, our recommendation is to include them.

  7. How does the flow rate influence the water layer on the column?

    We are not aware of any systematic studies with respect to the impact of flow rate on HILIC separations. Our concern would be that as you move to higher flow rates, you might observe peak shape issues due to the slow kinetics of IEX and adsorption mechanisms. If the retention mechanisms for a given system are partition dominated, this should be of less concern. It will be a case by case cause and effect.

  8. Why is it recommended to run isocratically for HILIC methods?

    When running in HILIC mode, both isocratic and gradient practices result in instability. If you keep the re-equilibration times constant, gradient should not be a problem, but changing this parameter can have a significant impact. It is not so much that it is bad as it is different than we are used to in reversed phase. Usually, we assume that once equilibrated (5, 10, 15 min, etc.), we can leave the system for any time period and come back to the same results. This does not appear to be the case in our studies of HILIC. Knowing that the re-equilibration time has an impact, you should get in the habit of making several injections with known re-equilibration times prior to making any development decisions. To get around this, isocratic runs are recommended. Attached are two posters; the first was presented at HPLC 2013 (Amsterdam) and the second was presented at Balaton Symposium on High Performance Separation Methods 2013 (Hungary). Both show 'reproducibility' at any set re-equilibration time is good but both show that if you change the re-equilibration time; then retention, peak shape and selectivity can change especially where ionic interactions are prevalent.

  9. When you recommend only changing one parameter at a time, does this also refer to the total ionic strength?

    If you change organic, try to keep the overall buffer concentration (and all other parameters, for that matter) constant. There are times when you will want to change both and perhaps pH/temp/etc. simultaneously, but that drastically complicates the system and thus should be avoided, if possible.

  10. When referring to the pH of the mobile phase (pH 3, pH 4, etc.), does that refer to the aqueous part of the mobile phase?

    Typically when we refer to pH in HILIC, we use the effective pH or the pH as measured after the addition of organic. The point is that we should always define what pH we are stating. The common way to distinguish is using notation of w/w pH or s/w pH (usually superscript/subscript). The notations mean superscript = solvent the pH is measured in (s would indicate some mixture of aqueous:organic) and the subscript = the solvent the pH meter is calibrated in (typically water (or w) as we readily have calibration standards).

Paweł Kubica et al.
Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis, 127, 184-192 (2016-01-20)
Hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) was used to separate artificial and natural sweeteners approved for use in European Union (EU). Among three tested HILIC columns (BlueOrchid PAL-HILIC, Ascentis Express Si and Acclaim™ Trinity™ P2)...
Tiziana Bertolini et al.
Journal of chromatography. A, 1365, 131-139 (2014-09-23)
A simple, sensitive and fast hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) method using ultraviolet diode-array detector (UV-DAD)/electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry was developed for the automated high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) determination of sodium risedronate (SR) and its degradation products in...
Imran Ali et al.
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Alexandre Grand-Guillaume Perrenoud et al.
Journal of chromatography. A, 1360, 275-287 (2014-08-19)
Superficially porous particles (SPP), or core shell particles, which consist of a non-porous silica core surrounded by a thin shell of porous silica, have gained popularity as a solid support for chromatography over the last decade. In the present study...
Jan Soukup et al.
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Excess adsorption of water from aqueous acetonitrile mobile phases was investigated on 16 stationary phases using the frontal analysis method and coulometric Karl-Fischer titration. The stationary phases include silica gel and silica-bonded phases with different polarities, octadecyl and cholesterol, phenyl...

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