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Chromatographia

, 51:7 | Cite as

Chromatography: The separation technique of the 20th century

  • L. S. Ettre
Centennial Review

Summary

M. S. Tswett contemplated the possibility of “chromatography” in 1899–1901 while carrying out his first research work on the physico-chemical structure of plant chlorophylls, and he reported “on a new category of adsorption analysis” in 1903. The evolution of chromatography followed the advances of this century: each decade brought new innovations based logically from the previous one. By the end of the 20th Century chromatography has became the most widely used separation technique in chemistry and biochemistry: thus, it is no exaggeration to call it the separation technique of the 20th Century. This paper investigates the evolution of the various branches of chromatography.

Key Words

Chromatography Centennial review Evolution in the 20th Century 

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  • L. S. Ettre
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  1. 1.Chemical Engineering DepartmentYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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