Preparative Layer Chromatography in Food Analysis

Authored by: Joseph Sherma

Handbook of Food Analysis Instruments

Print publication date:  September  2008
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781420045666
eBook ISBN: 9781420045673
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Preparative layer chromatography (PLC) is a method used to separate and isolate larger amounts of material (e.g., 1–1000 mg) than are applied in analytical thin layer chromatography (TLC) or high performance TLC (HPTLC). Micropreparative TLC is the term used when lower amounts in the preparative range are chromatographed on thinner preparative layers, most often 0.5 [1], or 0.25 mm analytical layers. The purpose of PLC is to obtain pure compounds for such tasks as further chromatographic (e.g., gas chromatography [2] and column high performance liquid chromatography [HPLC] [3]) or spectrometric (e.g., infrared, ultraviolet [UV], nuclear magnetic resonance [NMR], and mass spectrometry [MS] [4,5]) analysis; investigations of physical, chemical, pharmacological, or biological properties; obtaining analytical standards; or additional reactions in a synthetic sequence. Simple and inexpensive ascending capillary flow development in a closed chamber is most widely used (classical PLC, CPLC), but flow achieved by application of pressure or centrifugal force can also be used (forced flow PLC, FFPLC). This chapter briefly reviews the procedural steps and instrumentation of modern PLC and gives selected applications to food analysis. For more details on techniques and applications of CPLC, readers should consult a recent comprehensive book [6].

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