I'm a first-year in university and we have to carry out a "measurement" project next term. I'm fascinated by coordination chemistry (though I haven't taken the course yet), and while our equipment list is pretty limited it does include a thin-layer chromatography setup (and a colorimeter & a pH probe, which I would love to use if there was a way).
I was thinking of using TLC to look at the stability of different complexes (either different ligands or central metals), similar to the experiments in these papers:
However, I'm struggling to come up with examples of complexes that can be made easily (without a fume hood) and inexpensively. I'm not very knowledgable about this topic so I apologize if this is a bad question, I was just wondering if this seemed like a feasible yet worthwhile project given constraints in equipment/money and my knowledge. In previous years, people have mostly done biology or physics related projects so I'm a little doubtful if this idea—in particular, synthesizing a variety of complexes—is realistic. I'd appreciate any advice, specific or general! Thanks!