Conventionally Aminopropyl bounded stationary phases are used for liquid chromatographic analysis of mono- and oligosaccharides. General shortcomings of the conventional Aminopropyl bounded phases are tailing and adsorption of certain saccharides and general low durability (short active life) of these columns. These problems are addressed and solved by the novel COSMOSIL ® Sugar-D, resulting in better (sharper) separation and much improved durability.


The decrease of retention time was compared between COSMOSIL ® Sugar-D and conventional Aminopropyl bounded stationary phase under severe condition of 100% water as eluent between tests. The capacity factor did not decrease in case of COSMOSIL ® Sugar-D.

Eluent condition
Flow rate
: water
: 1.0 ml/min
: RT

Test condition
Column size
Mobile phase
Flow rate
: 4.6 mmI.D.×250 mm
: acetonitrile:water=70:30
: 1.0 ml/min
: 30°C
: RI
: Maltose

Absortion characteristic

Certain types of saccharides such as Arabinose or Galactose are partially or temporarily absorbed in conventional Aminopropyl stationary phases causing disappearance of sample or tailing. These problematic saccharides elute sharply and in proportion of the injection volume from the superior COSMOSIL ® Sugar-D.

Analitical curve
Column size : 4.6 mmI.D.×250 mm
Mobile phase : acetonitrile:water=70 : 30
Flow rate : 1.0 ml/min
Temperature : 30°C
Detection : RI
The separation and adsorption performances of COSMOSIL Sugar-D and other companies columns were compared by using monosaccharides. The presence of aldehyde group in saccharides is responsible for the strong absortion causing peak tailing. Only COSMOSIL Sugar-D shows high separation performance without undesirable adsortion.


Retention Time

The conventional aminopropyl column is slightly more retentive than Sugar-D. The retention time can be adjusted by increasing the concentration of acetonitrile in the mobile phase by 5%-10%.


Separation of Saccharides

Separation of highly hydrophilic compounds



Cosmosil Sugar-D Column

Item Catalog Price ($U.S.) Buy
Sugar-D – Analytical Column, 2.0 x 250mm 05689-31 $541.00 Add to cart
Sugar-D – Analytical Column, 2.0. x 150mm 05688-41 $464.00 Add to cart
Sugar-D – Analytical Column, 3.0 x 150mm 05690-91 $525.00 Add to cart
Sugar-D – Analytical Column, 3.0 x 250mm 05691-81 $567.00 Add to cart
Sugar-D – Analytical Column, 4.6 x 250mm 05397-51 $505.00 Add to cart
Sugar-D – Analytical Column, 4.6. x 150mm 05395-71 $464.00 Add to cart
Sugar-D – Analytical Guard Column, 4.6 x 10.0 mm 05394-81 $258.00 Add to cart
Sugar-D – Prepartive Column, 20.0 x 250mm 05693-61 $2,575.00 Add to cart
Sugar-D – Semi-preparative Guard Column, 10 x 20 mm 05696-31 $536.00 Add to cart
Sugar-D – Semi-prepartive column, 10.0 x 250mm 05692-71 $1,262.00 Add to cart