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Thin Layer Chromatography

  1. Feb 1, 2008 #1
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    How does heating affect the spots on the TLC?

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    I have no clue, unless heating evaporates the solution and therefore the spots disappear?
    or Perhaps the elutent evaporated due to heat rather then the solution?
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2008
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  3. Feb 2, 2008 #2
    Heating may or maynot affect the components of the organic solvents which have been adsorbed in the adsorbent.

    however, if the temp is high enough, then the solvent may vaporize.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2008
  4. Feb 2, 2008 #3


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    The higher temperature may (just a guess) make the sample spot become messier because of the increased random motion of the molecules of solvent. If this is correct, then maybe someone can transcribe into more precise language.
  5. Feb 4, 2008 #4


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    Is this question being asked in context with another question? Heating a TLC is performed sometimes after treatment with H2SO4. Did you treat the TLC with H2SO4?
  6. Feb 4, 2008 #5
    yes you are correct , chemisttree

    sorry about that
  7. Feb 5, 2008 #6


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    It's called visulization by charring. The sulfuric acid will catalyze the charring of organic compounds at elevated temperatures (~120C).
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