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Thin Layer Chromatography is a very powerful method in analytical chemistry for separating complicated chemical matrices.

As an engineer, I am interested to build device capable of automating TLC such that I can just place a droplet of my sample onto a piece of paper and let the device perform the TLC for me.

How achievable is this?

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    $\begingroup$ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Apr 9 '16 at 23:02
  • $\begingroup$ ^^ So, to answer your question: It is very achievable. Just don't try to patent it unless you come up with some innovative new addition. $\endgroup$ – SendersReagent Apr 9 '16 at 23:10
  • $\begingroup$ Are there HPLC machines out there that will automatically lower my plate into a solvent front? Would it be possible to automate this process such that a person with no chemistry background would be able to use? $\endgroup$ – Sparrowcide Apr 10 '16 at 3:24
  • $\begingroup$ And also, something less than 50 USD? $\endgroup$ – Sparrowcide Apr 10 '16 at 3:46
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    $\begingroup$ We can't even get a box of TLC plates for less than 50 USD. $\endgroup$ – SendersReagent Apr 10 '16 at 3:56

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