Glantreo plays role in newly developed silica manufacturing process by Supelco®

Glantreo announces its development role in the recently introduced Titan™ C18 UHPLC (ultra-high performance liquid chromatography) columns by Supelco®, a leading chromatography company located in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, USA (a division of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, St. Louis, Missouri, USA). These revolutionary new Titan uHPLC columns are based on 1.9 μm totally porous, monodisperse silica particles. These particles are the result of a newly developed, patent-pending, Ecoporous™ silica manufacturing process.

The Titan UHPLC columns provide efficiency > 250,000 plates/meter (N/m), comparable to or exceeding leading UHPLC columns. The Ecoporous process delivers a narrow particle size distribution of particles, without the need for further physical sizing or classification, that translates to rugged, reliable performance providing great value, being available at half the cost of other UHPLC columns.

This process was originally conceived within the Chemistry Department in the University College Cork (Prof. Mike Morris, Dr John Hanrahan). Glantreo was given the responsibility to assist Supelco in the transfer of the technology through the early development phases. Glantreo worked in partnership with Supelco to refine, stabilize and scale up the technology to a commercially transferrable state. This project was a joint collaborative project involving the technical teams from Glantreo, based in Cork, Ireland and those of Supelco in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

Glantreo’s Chief Technical Officer spoke of the exciting project executed with Supelco “It was a truly rewarding opportunity for our Technical Team to work with such an experienced and talented Team of Scientists in Supelco, and to witness the project becoming realized to a fully Operational state”.

Dr Paul Ross, Director of Marketing and R&D at Supelco spoke of the successful partnership and looks forward to further success in the future “The relationship with Glantreo provided an excellent example of how SME companies can support the delivery of exciting and innovative products to the world stage”

John Hogan, the Chief Commercial Officer of Glantreo, praised the involvement and support of University College Cork, Enterprise Ireland and Intertrade Ireland. “The project has allowed Glantreo to demonstrate its technical capability in developing world class silica manufacturing processes. However, this would not have been possible but for the financial support of Enterprise Ireland and Intertrade Ireland, and the collaborative partnership that it has with University College Cork”.

About Glantreo
Glantreo is a dynamic material science company based in Cork, Ireland. The company has a history of developing processes and products for use in the chromatography applications area. Being a small company it relies on partners to embed it’s technology within the partner’s products and thereby incorporating best of breed for end-user customers. This approach gives Glantreo a disproportionate reach for its technologies and products across the globe.

About Sigma-Aldrich
Sigma-Aldrich is a leading Life Science and High Technology company. Its biochemical and organic chemical products and kits are used in scientific research, including genomic and proteomic research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical development and as key components in pharmaceutical, diagnostic and other high technology manufacturing. The Company has customers in life science companies, university and government institutions, hospitals, and in industry. Over one million scientists and technologists use its products. Sigma-Aldrich operates in 38 countries and has 9,000 employees providing excellent service worldwide. Sigma-Aldrich is committed to Accelerating Customer Success through Innovation and Leadership in Life Science, High Technology and Service. For more information about Sigma-Aldrich, please visit its award-winning Web site at


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