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      Which sorbents work best for dry loading flash column chromatography samples?

      October 18, 2019 at 10:05 PM / by Bob Bickler posted in dry load, solvent, media


      For chemists needing to purify natural product extracts or synthesis reaction mixtures flash chromatography is typically the tool of choice. In previous posts I have discussed various ways to optimize the purification to obtain the highest purity compounds with maximum load in minimal time.

      Sometimes, though, chemistry gets in the way in the form of solubility issues. When this happens most often dry loading is recommended for these sample types. In this post I will show the impact various dry load sorbent options have on chromatography.

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      Flash column chromatography equilibration speed – how fast can you go?

      April 9, 2019 at 11:22 PM / by Bob Bickler posted in equilibration, speed, media


      Equilibrating silica flash chromatography columns is something I always do.  There are chemists who see this as an unnecessary, time-and-solvent-wasting step.  However, because getting consistent, predictable results is a priority for me, I equilibrate to remove the variability that can be caused by heat generated as solvent initially contacts the silica. Consistency is really important when running flash column chromatography because re-runs are time consuming and may put your compound at risk.

      In this post, I examine the role of equilibration speed and duration to show its impact, or lack there of, on purification performance.

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      Which dry load sorbent should I use for flash column chromatography?

      February 19, 2019 at 10:55 PM / by Bob Bickler posted in dry load, silica, media, sorbent


      This is an interesting question that does not have a straightforward answer. In fact, there are many materials that are potentially useful sorbents for dry loading crude mixtures. Some of the more popular are silica, diatomaceous earth (e.g. ISOLUTE® HM-N, Celite®), alumina, and Florisil®. The sorbent choice can influence your purification results because each of the available media have different chemistry and capacity. In most cases, sample/sorbent reactivity really is not a major concern, though it can occur. What is important is the sorbent’s capacity to adsorb/absorb all of your sample and the ratio of your crude sample to the amount of dry load sorbent.

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