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1. WO2020198115 - DUAL MODE SAMPLE MANAGER

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What is claimed is:

CLAIMS

1. A dual mode sample manager for a liquid chromatography system, comprising:

a sample needle to acquire a sample from a sample source for injection into a chromatography system flow;

a sample loop to store the sample for injection into the chromatography system flow; a metering pump controllable to draw or dispense a volume of a liquid;

a needle seat configured to fluidically couple the sample needle to a fluidic path; a first valve having a plurality of first valve ports and being configurable in a first valve state wherein one of the first valve ports is configured in fluidic communication with at least one of the other first valve ports and configurable in a second valve state wherein the one of the first valve ports is configured in fluidic communication with a different one of the other first valve ports, the first valve being in fluidic communication with the metering pump and configured to receive a wash solvent and a chromatography system flow, and to deliver the received chromatography system flow; and

a second valve having a plurality of second valve ports and being configurable in the first valve state wherein one of the second valve ports is configured in fluidic communication with at least one of the other second valve ports and configurable in the second valve state wherein the one of the second valve ports is configured in fluidic communication with a different one of the other second valve ports, the second valve being in fluidic

communication with the sample needle, the needle seat and the sample loop,

wherein the first valve and second valve are configurable so that in one mode the sample acquired and stored in the sample needle is injected into the chromatography system flow and in another mode the sample acquired through the sample needle and stored in the sample loop is injected into the chromatography system flow.

2. The dual mode sample manager of claim 1 further comprising a source of wash solvent in fluidic communication with the metering pump.

3. The dual mode sample manager of claim 1 wherein the metering pump is a metering syringe.

4. The dual mode sample manager of claim 1 wherein at least one of the first valve and the second valve is a rotary shear seal valve.

5. The dual mode sample manager of claim 1 further comprising the sample source.

6. A dual mode sample manager for a liquid chromatography system, comprising: a sample needle to acquire a sample from a sample source for injection into a chromatography system flow;

a sample loop to store the sample for injection into the chromatography system flow; a metering pump controllable to draw or dispense a volume of a liquid;

a needle seat configured to fluidically couple the sample needle to a fluidic path; a first valve having a rotor, a stator and a plurality of first valve ports, the stator having a stator surface, the first valve being configurable in a first valve state wherein one of the first valve ports is configured in fluidic communication with at least one of the other first valve ports and configurable in a second valve state wherein the one of the first valve ports is configured in fluidic communication with a different one of the other first valve ports, the first valve being in fluidic communication with the metering pump and configured to receive a wash solvent and a chromatography system flow, and to provide the received

chromatography system flow; and

a second valve having a plurality of second valve ports and being configurable in the first valve state wherein one of the second valve ports is configured in fluidic communication with at least one of the other second valve ports and configurable in the second valve state wherein the one of the second valve ports is configured in fluidic communication with a different one of the other second valve ports, the second valve being in fluidic

communication with the sample needle, the needle seat and the sample loop,

wherein the stators of the first and second valves each have a stator surface formed on a diffusion-bonded block, the stator surfaces each having at least one stator port in fluidic communication with a stator port of the other stator surface through an internal fluidic channel of the stator block, and wherein the first valve and second valves are configurable so that in one mode the sample acquired through the sample needle is injected into the chromatography system flow and in another mode the sample acquired through the sample needle and stored in the sample loop is injected into the chromatography system flow.

7. The dual mode sample manager of claim 6 wherein the first and second valves are rotary shear seal valves.

8. The dual mode sample manager of claim 6 wherein the metering pump is a metering syringe.

9. The dual mode sample manager of claim 6 wherein the sample loop has a fixed volume.

10. The dual mode sample manager of claim 6 further comprising a source of wash solvent in fluidic communication with the metering pump.

11. The dual mode sample manager of claim 6 further comprising a processor in communication with the metering pump and the first and second valves, the processor configured to control the valve states of the first and second valves according to a selected mode of operation of the dual mode sample manager.

12. A liquid chromatography system, comprising:

a solvent delivery system;

a column manager comprising a chromatography separation column;

a sample source; and

a fluidic network in fluidic communication with the sample source and comprising a plurality of reconfigurable fluidic paths, wherein, when the liquid chromatography system is operated in a first mode, the fluidic paths are configured as a flow through needle sample manager and wherein, when the liquid chromatography system is operated in a second mode, the fluidic paths are configured as a fixed loop sample manager.

13. The liquid chromatography system of claim 12 wherein at least one of the fluidic paths is common to the flow through needle sample manager and the fixed loop sample manager.

14. The liquid chromatography system of claim 12 wherein the flow through needle sample manager and the fixed loop sample manager include a sample needle.

15. The liquid chromatography system of claim 12 wherein the fixed loop sample manager includes a sample loop having a fixed volume.

16. The liquid chromatography system of claim 12 wherein the flow through needle sample manager and the fixed loop sample manager include a metering pump.