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Rapid Characterization of Small Amounts of Oil by Thin-Layer Silica-gel Chromatography

Nature volume 193, pages 674675 (17 February 1962) | Download Citation

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MOST methods for characterizing small amounts of oil (for example, 0.1–2.0 mgm.) are based on spectroscopic techniques. When chemical techniques are applicable they are time-consuming. There is a need for a simple method not requiring expensive apparatus and I have applied thin-layer silica-gel chromatography1. A review of some applications of this type of chromatography has recently been published2, and the apparatus for preparing the thin layers of absorbent is commercially available (Camlab (Glass), Ltd., Cambridge).

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  1. ‘Shell’ Research Ltd., Thornton Research Centre, P.O. Box 1, Chester.

    • G. B. CRUMP

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