Date of Award

Summer 1967

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Chemistry

First Advisor

Haworth, Daniel T.

Second Advisor

Bournique, Raymond A.

Third Advisor

Hoffman, Norman E.

Abstract

One of the problems which has been a thorn in the side of the chemist for centuries is that of separating his newly-prepared compounds in pure yields. Another perennial problem of the chemist has been the quick and dependable qualitative identification of certain substances. Many techniques have been developed over the years to solve these two problems, and perhaps one reason that chromatography is enjoying such a wave of current popularity is that it is applicable to both. There are, of course, many variations within the general area of chromatography. Here, only one, thin layer chromatography, will be of interest. Many substances have been found useful as adsorbents in this method for carrying out one or both of the above-mentioned tasks. In this study the applicability of a relatively new adsorbent, Avicel, a form of microcrystalline cellulose, is studied in relation to the separation of closely related compounds, and as a quick and reliable qualitative spot test.

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