Chromatography - it's just a box
My main reason for setting up this
site is because I noticed that the same chromatography questions were appearing regularly
on newsgroups from school children, students and frustrated parents trying to help their
children with their homework/project.
Although there are many good sites
(and books!) out there on chromatography, this is my attempt to give someone a basic
outline of the principles and applications. Enough for a decent homework mark anyway! Plus
some items of interest even for experienced chromatographers.
|Chromatography science fair
What is chromatography?
What is happening?
What types are there?
Yes, but what have the chromatographers
ever done for us?!
|Recollections - Boxes
(GCs) I have known
|From The Simpsons to Saturn - chromatography turns up in some
could have been called Tswettography
name? Many years ago, school leavers came for interview in a chromatography lab that
I knew of. They were escorted into the office, interviewed and escorted straight out. They
probably hadn't been in a lab. before and the staff thought it was a shame that they
didn't see any of it. It was suggested to the manager that he could at least show them the
instruments before they left.
As he was escorting
the next one out after interviewing he must have suddenly remembered the request - stopped, pointed to an instrument and
said "That's a gas chromatograph - it's just a box".
Updated January 2019 - a tribute to my late father Ralph Calvert who made this site many years ago. Thank you to all who wrote to him, he loved helping and talking to you all.