Date of Award

Summer 1968

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




The field of chemistry, either by itself or as a subsidiary to other fields, is becoming more and more dependent upon chromatography as a means of separating and identifying mixtures of a wide range of compounds. Chromatography in general enjoys the virtures of being able to separate mixtures of comparatively similar compounds to a high degree of accuracy and is faster than other methods of separation. Thin layer chromatography is especially blessed with these virtures over its counterpart, paper chromatography. This project is particularly interested in studying the effect of microcrystalline cellulose as the chromatographic adsorbent. This adsorbent, to continue the analogy is a superior adsorbent when compared to the standard adsorbents of thin layer chromatography, namely silica gel and alumina. So now that we are standing on the pinnacle of all pinnacles as far as separation methods and techniques and adsorbents are concerned, let us discover the advantages of using microcrystalline cellulose.



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