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A review on chiral separation by counter-current chromatography: Development, applications and future outlook A

Huang, Xin-Yi, Pei, Dong, Liu, Jian-Fei, Di, Duo-Long
Journal of chromatography 2017
countercurrent chromatography, enantiomers, recycling, solvents
Chiral separation has been a remarkably active area of research over the past long time and it still stays that way. Over the last few decades, counter-current chromatography (CCC) was successfully applied to the field of chiral separation. It provides an attractive approach to obtain pure enantiomer, particularly in preparative application because of its unique advantages of high load capacity, low solvent consumption and easy scale-up. The last several years great strides have been made in chiral separation by CCC, ranging from novel elution modes such as recycling elution mode and multiple dual mode elution to more specialized approaches such as pH-zone-refining and biphasic chiral recognition technologies. These developments have greatly improved the resolution of enantiomers and promoted the application of CCC in the field of chiral separation. Although not as popular as its application to the field of separation of natural product, the development of chiral separation by CCC should not be underrated. In this review article, we refer to the development, applications and future outlook of chiral separation by CCC, with emphasis on topics of its history, mechanism, advantages, limitations, current development and challenges. Meanwhile, its orientation of continued evolution and future outlook also have been discussed. While some scientific and technological problems have not yet been solved thoroughly, chiral separation by CCC has demonstrated potential advantages and prospects in this field and has good chance at preparative enantioseparation.