A Short Historical Review on the Interaction Between Dye-Stuffs and Biological Matter
  • Jerker Porath


In the aftermath of the 1968 student revolution, there was a certain contempt for established knowledge and traditions. The pendulum is now swinging in the opposite direction and even young scientists realize the importance of knowing and appreciating the roots of science, that is, the achievements of their own forerunners. Not only is it intellectually stimulating to obtain a widened perspective regarding the present position of science in society, but the history of science may tell us about discoveries in the distant past which can, sometimes, be transformed into modern forms for solving present day problems. With these thoughts in mind, I would like to give a very brief historical account of the prerequisites for dye-stuff based chromatography. I shall consider three relevant branches: the chemistry of dyes, dye affinity for biological matter and group selective adsorption as applied to biomolecules.


Methylene Blue Biological Matter Wool Fabric Sulfanilic Acid Relevant Branch 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerker Porath
    • 1
  1. 1.The Biochemical Separation Center, Biomedical CenterUniversity of UppsalaUppsalaSweden

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