Eluotropic Series. • An eluotropic series ranks solvents by their relative abilities to displace solute from a given adsorbent. • The eluent strength (ε°) is a measure. Development of an Eluotropic Series for the Chromatography of Lewis Bases on Zirconium Oxide. John A. Blackwell*. Group Analytical Laboratory, Specialty. Development of an eluotropic series for the chromatography of Lewis bases on zirconium oxide. John A. Blackwell, and Peter W. Carr. Anal. Chem., , 64 (8) .

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The same underlying principles of thin layer chromatography TLC apply to column chromatography. In fact, a TLC is always run before performing a column to assess the situation and determine the proper solvent ratio. These include the column diameter, quantity of adsorbent used, and solvent flow rate.

In all scenarios, the columns are to be prepped between inches high.

Summary of recommended values for column chromatography. There are multiple variations on how to physically run a column, and your instructor may prefer a certain method. One large difference in methods is how the column is prepared. It is important to know that heat is liberated when solvent is added to silica or alumina they have an exothermic heat of solvation.

The slurry method is presented in this section, with the main reason being that it allows this exothermic step to happen in an Erlenmeyer flask instead of on the column. If heat is liberated during the packing of eluoyropic column, it may generate bubbles from the boiling of solvent. These can interfere with the separation of the column if they are not adequately removed, and can crack the adsorbent material in the column.

Once the sample is applied to the column, there is a race eluoropic time, as diffusion will start to broaden the material. A sample should not be applied until you are ready to complete the column immediately and in its entirety. This process may take between 15 and 90 minutes!

If using test tubes to collect fractions, the test tubes should be arranged in a rack eouotropic to adding the sample, and the column height should be adjusted so that the test tube rack can slide underneath. Ring of solid seen on tube rims after evaporation. Procedural summary for macroscale column chromatography. Sseries is quite common to break the tip of a Pasteur pipette while rinsing the column, which often falls and wedges itself into the delicate column.

Unfortunately, a broken pipette in a column can cause problems with seris separation of components. For example, Figure 2. A broken pipette is embedded in the column and is the leuotropic vertical line of orange seen between the two bands on the column. The orange vertical line is the top component draining into the band of the bottom component, contaminating it. Effect of a broken pipette on a column. If a broken pipette pierces the column, and the sand or sample has not yet been applied, attempt to remove the pipette with long forceps.

After removal, vigorously jostle the column to pack it again and continue on serles the column.

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If the pipette cannot be removed with forceps, you may consider redoing the column. If the sand has already been applied, removal of the pipette and jostling the column will often ruin the horizontal surface of the adsorbent, so it will be necessary to re-pack the column. If the column results in an unsuccessful separation, all fractions containing the compound of interest can be combined, solvent eluotfopic by the rotary evaporator, and another purification method or a second column can be attempted.

Like a broken pipette, an air bubble is an empty pocket where stationary-mobile phase equilibration does not happen, so components move quicker around an air bubble than they should. Effect of an air bubble on the separation in a column.


If air bubbles are seen in the column and the sand or sample has not yet been applied, give the column a good jostling during packing to remove all air bubbles.

See your instructor if the bubbles are not budging as you eluotropiic be approaching the task too delicately.

If the components of a mixture are colored, it may be obvious when the bands elute in a crooked manner. This is most likely due to the column being clamped at a slight diagonal.

If the column is clamped in a slanted manner, components will travel in a slanted manner Figure 2. Effect of a crooked column on separation. In the future, be sure to check that the column is perfectly vertical in both the side-to-side and front-back directions.

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Procedural Generalities The same underlying principles of thin layer chromatography TLC apply to column chromatography. Step-by-Step Procedures Figure 2. The quantity prepared depends on the quantity of sample, the size of the column, and whether or not the solvent composition is planned to be changed midway. If no disk or plug is present Figure 2.

Secure serles column perfectly vertically to a ring stand or latticework, clamping it with three-fingered clamps in two locations. In the fume hood, pour silica gel or alumina adsorbent into the column to between inches high Figure 2.

Powdered silica and alumina are lung irritants, and should always be handled carefully in a fume hood. Spilled dust should be disposed of by mopping it with a wet paper towel if wet, the fine particles are less dispersive.

In the fume hood, pour the adsorbent measured in the column into an Erlenmeyer flask Figure 2. Make a loose slurry by swirling and stirring with a glass stirring rod Figure 2. Put a beaker or Erlenmeyer flask beneath the clamped column and open the stopcock.

In one quick motion, seried and pour the silica or alumina slurry into the column using a large-mouthed funnel Figure 2. Immediately use more eluent to rinse residual slurry out of the Erlenmeyer flask Eluotropci 2. Immediately rinse any silica or alumina off the sides of the column reservoir using eluent and a swirling motion from a Pasteur pipette Figures 2.

Jostle the column firmly using a cork ring or your knuckles Figure 2. Apply gentle air pressure to the top of the column Figure 2. If a T-adapter is used with the air line as in Figure 2. Throughout the entire elution process, keep the white column of adsorbent wet, with the eluent level above the top of the silica or alumina. Gently break the seal to cease application of pressure, and close the stopcock to prevent liquid from dripping out further.

Add a thin layer of sand Figure 2. Rinse the sides of the column with eluent using a swirling motion to dislodge the sand off the sides eluotropicc the glass Figure 2. Open the stopcock and allow liquid to drip out until the liquid is just above the sand layer. Apply air pressure if the dripping is too slow. If the crude sample is a liquid, use it directly go on to step If the crude sample is a solid, do one of the following things: Seried the solid is insoluble in the eluent, an alternate procedure is also possible.

sseries With an inch of eluent resting atop the packed column skip adding the sand layer sreies this method is usedpour the silica-adsorbed sample onto the column using a wide mouthed funnel.

If any dust clings to the glass, rinse it down with more eluent go on to step Delicately add the sample to the column via pipette, dluotropic the liquid or solution directly onto the sand with the eluptropic tip as close as serkes can manage, not down the sides Figure 2.

Rinse the sample container with a little solvent or dichloromethane if used, Figure 2. Open the stopcock and allow liquid to drip out until the sample is just past the sand layer Figure 2. Gently rinse the sides of the column with a swirling motion using pipettes-full of eluent to rinse any splashed sample. Again, allow liquid to drip out or apply air pressure until the sample is pushed into the white adsorbent. Repeat the rinsing step until you feel confident that the entire sample is deposited on the adsorbent.


If some of the sample is still located in the sand layer, it may dissolve in the eluent when more solvent is added, leading to a loss of yield. If the compound is colored, the rinsing should be completely clear. Clean eluent collected during the packing of the elyotropic can be reused. Use eluptropic pressure to gently and steadily elute the sample through the column Figures 2. The more times the pressure is started and stopped, the more likely the column may crack.

The optimal drip rate during elution depends on the size of the column. The ideal flow of eluent is when the solvent in the cylindrical section of the column above the adsorbent drops at a rate of 2. The drip rate for a one-inch column should be where individual drops can be barely distinguished. A stream of liquid pouring out the stopcock with this size of column is slightly too fast. Collect fractions Immediately start collecting the eluting liquid into test tubes on a rack Figure 2.

When the first test tube fills, or if a certain height of liquid has been collected as recommended by your instructor eluotroic Table 2. Fill and keep the tubes in order on the rack. The goal of a column is to collect small enough fractions that most or some fractions contain pure material. As seriez drains off the column, it often splashes onto the outsides of the tip of the column, and when the solvent evaporates you may see a ring of material on the tip you will see a ring of solid if the component is a solid as in Figure 2.

If the components are colored, the column tip should be rinsed Figure 2. Periodically keep an eye on the eluent leveland refill before it drops below the sand layer. First, if one component has already exited the column, the column has already done its job with separation, so speeding up seriex process will not affect the purity of the collected fractions.

Second, the longer it takes to run a column, the wider will be the seres bands due to diffusionand collecting a broad band of material will use and waste a lot of solvent.

To increase the solvent polarity, the polar solvent can be dripped directly into the eluent on the column reservoir Figure 2.

For example, if using a hexanes: If the eluent level is running low, a solution could be prepared that contains a higher percentage of the more polar component. For example, if the column first used a 4: Elute the column with the more polar solvent as before, and always remember to watch the eluent leveland refill Figure 2. In column chromatography, the sample is deposited on the top of the column and eluted down, while in thin layer chromatography the sample is spotted on the bottom of the plate and eluted up.

Therefore, a column can be thought of like an upside-down TLC plate. First determine which test tubes contain dissolved compound. Spot a sample of each fraction on a TLC plate labeled with fraction numbers corresponding to the order in which they were collected Figure 2. It may be best to spot each sample times over top of one another in case the fractions are dilute.