Plotting Chromatograms in R

Plotting Chromatograms in R

Submitted by Detlev Conrad … on Mon, 03/16/2015 - 11:41

Chromatograms are so-so pieces of information - listing total detector counts, they do not necessarily tell you much about a chemicals composition, however they do allow you to obtain an initial idea about purity or changes in composition.

As I wanted to plot a chromatogram "my way" I needed a suitably flexible way of doing it - also free too.

1) Openchrom ( ) for reading the chromatography mass spec data and exporting to CSV
2) R ( ) for plotting 

 And this is the result - a cropped view of the "interesting bit":

Dodecane Neat - Pre Post Chromatogram

And this is the code to do it - assembled with reading, googling and fiddling - obviously provided with no guarantees, promises etc. at all - read and understand what it does:

filename = "Dodecane-Neat"
filename2 = "Dodecane-Stressed"
PlotTitle = "Dodecane Neat Chromatogram - Pre and Post Test"

infilename = paste0("./",paste(filename,"csv",sep="."))
infilename2 = paste0("./",paste(filename2,"csv",sep="."))
outfilename = paste(filename,"pdf",sep="-rect.")

## Read Data -> File is called 14mielczarek11.csv
undiluted <- read.table(infilename, sep=";", header=TRUE, nrows=10000)
undiluted2 <- read.table(infilename2, sep=";", header=TRUE, nrows=10000)
## Work out Total Peak (want the Chromatogram, not the mass spec)
undiluted$peaks <- rowSums( undiluted[,3:404] )
undiluted2$peaks <- rowSums( undiluted2[,3:404] )

GCxx <- c(undiluted$RT.milliseconds./1000/60, rev(undiluted$RT.milliseconds./1000/60))

GCyy <- c(rep(0, nrow(undiluted)), rev(undiluted$peaks)/max(undiluted$peaks))
GCxx2 <- c(undiluted2$RT.milliseconds./1000/60, rev(undiluted2$RT.milliseconds./1000/60))
GCyy2 <- c(rep(0, nrow(undiluted2)), rev(undiluted2$peaks)/max(undiluted2$peaks))


# A4 is 8.27 × 11.7 
pdf(outfilename, height=5, width=8)

xaxs="i",xlab="Time (min)",
yaxs="i",ylab="Detector Count Fraction",

polygon(GCxx2+0.017, GCyy2, col= rgb(0,0,1,0.5), border=NA) #Blue - Shift the blue ever so slightly to properly overlap
polygon(GCxx, GCyy, col= rgb(1,1,1,1), border=NA) # White (so we don't get violet)
polygon(GCxx, GCyy, col= rgb(1,0,0,0.6), border=NA) # Red

type="l",col=4,lwd="0.05",lty=1) #Blue
type="l",col=2,lwd="0.05",lty=1) # Red

minor.tick(nx=5, ny=5, tick.ratio=0.3)