Cations in brine with minimal dilution and sub-µL injection

As a rule, brine samples are diluted extremely in order to avoid overloading the column. Manual dilution is very error-prone, which is why this application relies on injection with a 0.25 µL internal loop, thus saving an additional dilution step. Sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium in brine are determined on a Metrosep C 6 - 150/4.0 column with subsequent direct conductivity detection.