Lab Techniques

I am planning to cover the common techniques used in organic chemistry lab that students may find useful (e.g. purification and characterisation). I also give tips that are often needed when doing the lab practice, but not many people may know about.

I throw in bits of theories if I think that it might help understanding what’s really going on, but I try my best not to get too theoretical. I will – if necessary or if anyone asks – cover the theory in a separate post.

Here, I focus more on the practical side: how organic chemists actually do the thing in a real research lab, when to do it, and why we do it.

Reaction Mixture Work-Up

What is Reaction Work Up and Why It is Important
Extraction Techniques

Analysis of Organic Compounds

Application of Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) in Organic Chemistry Research
TLC Sample Preparation and How to Run TLC Plates for the Best Result
Various Ways to View the Results of TLC Analysis

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Sample Preparation

Chromatographic Purification

Preparing the Column for Flash Column Chromatography
Translating TLC Plate Results for Effective Flash Column Chromatography Separation