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Thin layer chromatography

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A form of chromatography using a thin layer of stationary phase of adsorbent such as silica gel, cellulose, alumina, or any inert material, supported on a glass plate.


It is similar to paper chromatography but is faster and provides higher resolution even at smaller samples. Similar to paper chromatography, its uses are primarily for the separation and the identification of the components and to assess the purity of a substance.

Abbreviation: TLC