The Modulator in Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Liquid Chromatography
The interface between the two separation dimensions is a key element of any comprehensive two‑dimensional liquid chromatography (LC×LC) system. LC×LC has typically been implemented by using one or more switching valves, equipped with either sampling loops or trap column(s). Temperature manipulation is a relatively unexplored yet promising route towards non-valve-based LC×LC. The fairly recent emergence of thermal modulation has provided a less conventional method for performing LC×LC separations. This article illustrates the variety of commonly used modulators, paying specific attention to focusing modulators.