The stationary phase in the ALKION™ column is a rigid, non-porous polymeric phase that is surface sulfonated. The two modes of separation are ion-exchange and moderate partitioning. The low capacity of the ion-exchange resin makes it an ideal phase for the separation of strongly basic and positively charged compounds. The reversed-phase character allows for discrimination between closely related species.

The unique properties of this column allow for its use in a wide range of applications.