Planar chromatography experts hack Prusa i3 3D printer to separate & examine mixtures

Planar chromatography experts hack Prusa i3 3D printer to separate & examine mixtures

Researchers at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, have used a modified Prusa i3 3D printer to create thin layers of silica gel which can be used for thin layer chromatography, a lab technique for separating mixtures into their individual ingredients. The Prusa i3 is a versatile 3D printer, but we doubt any makers have used the RepRap machine to fabricate a mixture-separating silica gel. Until now, that is… Thin layer chromatography (TLC) is a form of planar chromatography, a process used in scientific research, quality control, and other fields in order to separate mixtures into their constituent parts. […]

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