Thin-layer chromatography (TLC) is a broadly used method in the study of chemistry. It is used to separate and evaluate a mixture of analytes or compounds. There is also a stationary and mobile phase like other chromatography techniques and it provides simple, cheap and rapid results.
TLC has applications in various fields of study such as pesticide industry, pharmaceutical manufacturing, medicinal and other industries. An advanced version of TLC called High-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) which can be used in forensics.
Here are some applications of thin layer chromatography mentioned. Let’s check it.
- Thin-layer chromatography used to identify the compounds in traditional medicines.
- TLC can also be used for the identification of the nature of different plant compounds.
- Detection of the reaction mixture can be done by thin-layer chromatography.
- Cations and anions in inorganic chemistry can be identifying using TLC.
- TLC process is used for the separation and identification of sweetening agent, preservatives, colors, and different cosmetic products.
- TLC used to check the purity of the sample.
- TLC can be used to separate, evaluate and characterize metabolites and compounds from urine, body fluids, blood, and serum.
- TLC can be used to identify drug residues in food.
- Various metabolites present in a drug can be isolated using thin-layer chromatography.
- It is used in the food and cosmetic industry
- TLC method is used for separation and identification of colors, preservatives, sweetening agents, and various cosmetic products.