How to perform a TLC?

Uses and benefits

Thin-layer chromatography (TLC) is a technique for analyzing and even identifying organic compounds generally present in a mixture.

  • Common uses:
    • to control the purity of an organic compound
    • to monitor the extent of a reaction
    • to search for the eluent suitable for separation by column chromatography
  • Benefits: easy, quick, not expensive, easy to execute, capacity to separate complex mixtures.
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