Monitoring daily routine performance in quantitative NMR (qNMR) spectroscopy: Is the system suitability test necessary?

Magn Reson Chem. 2018 Oct 2. doi: 10.1002/mrc.4798. Online ahead of print.


Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (NMR) finds numerous applications in pharmacy, cosmetic, and food control as well as in developing tools for "big data" analysis. However, there remains a need for automated tools to assess instrument system suitability in real time for each particular routine sample. An automated procedure has been introduced to monitor a number of characteristics (resolution, symmetry, and half width) in real time after the measurement of two samples distributed by the vendor (0.3% CHCl3 in acetone-d6 with tetramethylsilane and 2 mM sucrose in H2 O-D2 O). The results over 11 months were discussed in terms of average values, standard deviations, and spectrometer variability. Moreover, multivariate statistical procedure was implemented to evaluate metrics generated from three NMR spectrometers. Performance of three NMR spectrometers (500 MHz with BBO Prodigy Cryoprobe, 500 MHz with BBFOPLUS SmartProbe, and 600 MHz with BBO Cryoprobe) differed significantly. The developed routine was also applied to calculate the performance characteristics during routine quantitative NMR experiments. The procedure was evaluated for NMR spectra of 659 active pharmaceutical ingredients dissolved in CDCl3 , DMSO, and CH3 OD. This test is more preferable than the routine procedure using standard solutions because the performance is estimated separately for each matrix at the specific time point of measurements. Our automated routine is the ideal tool for any NMR laboratory. In full automation, the NMR data are validated directly for each sample, making unnecessary daily measurements of standard solutions and manual evaluation to their NMR spectra.

Keywords: NMR; automation; quantification; system suitability test.