Paper chromatography is a type of partition chromatography.
What is chromatography?
Chromatography is the technique for the separation, purification, and testing of compounds. During chromatography, the mixture to be separated is placed on a stationary phase, and a pure solvent, such as water or any gas, is allowed to slowly travel over the stationary phase, bringing the components separately according to their solubility in the pure solvent.
Types of chromatography
The four main types of chromatography are,
- Adsorption Chromatography
- Thin Layer Chromatography
- Column Chromatography
- Partition chromatography
Paper chromatography is a good example of partition chromatography. The stationary phase in this method is chromatography paper, which is suspended in a mixture of solvents that serves as the mobile phase.