Experiment 3: TLC

Awesome Students,

Here we come to our second way of determining purity of a substance /identifying what that substance is.*

TLC is extremely helpful and can be much faster than other ways of determining whether or not your product is pure or whether other side products have formed/starting material is still present.

Here’s some fun resources you can use!

Fun Video
Pretty Picture!
It may look ugly, but pure it is!

Another way to look at it.
An experiment at home!

A lovely almost-but-not-quite exhaustive look at TLC. Check out those charts!


Happy spotting!


*What do you think the first way is?