Reversed phase HPLC (RP-HPLC) and high performance countercurrent chromatography (HPCCC) were compared for the pilot scale purification of two semi-synthetic spinosyns, spinetoram-J and spinetoram-L, the major components of the commercial insecticide spinetoram. Two, independently performed, 1 kg, purification campaigns were compared. Each method resulted in the isolation of both components at a purity of >97% and yields for spinetoram-J and spinetoram-L of >93% and ≥63% of theoretical, respectively. The HPCCC process produced a 2-fold higher throughput and consumed approximately 70% less solvent than preparative scale RP-HPLC, the volume of product containing fractions from HPCCC amounted to 7% of that produced by HPLC and so required much less post-run processing.
Posted: July 22, 2011, 5:24 pm.