Recent Advances in the Separation of Plant Phenolics

  • C. F. Van Sumere
  • W. Van Brussel
  • K. Vante Casteele
  • L. Van Rompaey
Part of the Recent Advances in Phytochemistry book series (RAPT, volume 12)


Although paper chromatography and TLC are essential methods for the separation of phenolic substances, they do not always produce compounds pure enough for further analysis. Even multiple elimination thin layer chromatography (METC), which in combination with UV or fluorimetry can be used for the separation and quantitative determination of almost every naturally occurring phenolic, is sometimes time-consuming and is less satisfactory for phenols which are either readily oxidized or not easily eluted from the adsorbent. When TLC or METC are employed, the final eluate contains impurities derived from the adsorbent and these in turn may be quite troublesome during further anlysis. Gas chromatography does not suffer from these drawbacks. It has the required resolution and speed and together with subsequent mass spectrometry, NMR or quantitative analysis, is now one of the best methods for the study of naturally occurring phenolic compounds with molecular weights below 300.


Phenolic Acid Cinnamic Acid Ellagic Acid Quinic Acid Plant Phenolic 
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  • C. F. Van Sumere
    • 1
  • W. Van Brussel
    • 1
  • K. Vante Casteele
    • 1
  • L. Van Rompaey
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratorium voor PlantenbiochemieRijksuniversiteit GentBelgium

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