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The predawn of paper chromatography

  • L. S. Ettre
Historical Paper


The activities of F.F. Runge, F. Goppelsroeder and R.E. Liesegang are outlined. The technique of capillary analysis is described and its shortcomings elaborated. Tswett's use of filter paper to imitate plant tissues is explained and finally, the considerations of Izmailov and Shraiber eventually leading to thin-layer chromatography are summarized.

Key Words

History of chromatography Paper chromatography F.F. Runge's pattern figures Capillary analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. S. Ettre
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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