The use of etched, chemically modified, capillaries with a rectangular inner channel for open tubular electrochromatography is investigated. Comparisons of separation capabilities are made between circular and rectangular capillaries undergoing the same etching and chemical modification processes. With the long dimension of the rectangular column aligned in the direction of the optical light path, the relative sensitivities of the two capillary geometries are evaluated. The electrochromatographic properties of two catechins found in tea are investigated on the rectangular etched octadecyl-modified capillary.
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