Glen Gel-Pak™ Desalting Columns

The principle of the Glen Research gel filtration column, Glen Gel-Pak™, is based on size exclusion chromatography that separates molecules according to the hydrodynamic volume of the molecule in aqueous solutions. In gel filtration, the mobile phase for size exclusion is an aqueous solution and the stationary phase is a porous resin. The pores of the resin are sized such that they allow small molecules to enter the pores, yet exclude larger molecules from the pores. The small molecules, such as salts and hydrolyzed protecting groups, diffuse into the pores of the resin and move slowly through the column. The larger molecules, such as DNA or proteins, are excluded from the pores and move quickly through the column. The end result is that the larger molecules elute first in the column void volume while the small molecules are still flowing through the resin of the column. Glen Gel-Pak columns are ideal for desalting and reaction clean up. They can be used for removal of the ammonium hydroxide deprotection solution and hydrolyzed protecting groups after deprotection. The columns can also be used for the clean up of NHS-labeling reactions to separate the labeled oligo and unlabeled oligo from the unreacted NHS ester, the hydrolyzed label, and n-hydroxysuccinimide, thereby greatly simplifying the downstream purification steps.

There are many benefits to Glen Gel-Pak columns:


  • Ability to directly desalt oligonucleotides deprotected in either 30% ammonium hydroxide OR 50:50 ammonium hydroxide/40% aqueous methylamine (AMA)
  • Easily exchange buffers
  • Simple clean-up of labeling reactions
  • Mild method for purification from salts and solvents such as DMSO and DMF


  • Multiple column sizes (0.2 mL, 1.0 mL and 2.5 mL) are available to match synthesis scale
  • Ability to efficiently desalt short and long oligos at different scales using the same protocol
  • Suitable for oligos >10mer in length

A User Guide to Glen Gel-Pak™ Purification is available online at:

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