Chromatography Workflow

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Knowing the Chromatography Workflow Consisting of many different and evolving techniques, chromatography is used across multiple branches of science to separate molecules. With a focus on preparation and/or analysis of these molecules, there are two main phases of chromatography used for separating components: the mobile phase and the stationary phase. For glassware, labware and life science benchtop equipment suggestions by chromatography phase, please see the following pages.


When preparing the column, careful thought must be given to provide best sample separation. Consider sample polarity, size, and affinity. Preparation is dictated by what type of chromatography is used – analytical or preparative.

Running the Column

Columns must be set up properly for samples to run effectively. Factors like loading the column or making sure it is vertically straight, could make a vast difference in sample collection.

Fraction Collection

Fraction collection varies, depending on how well you can visualize your sample on the column. Best practice dictates to collect many small fractions which can be pooled together once their purity is confirmed.



Thin layer chromatography is a common technique to confirm which fraction contains the desired eluent. Additional techniques like UV/Vis spectrophotometry can be used separately or in concert.



Often, the pure sample must be at a higher concentration than what the pooled fractions permit. Tools such as evaporators are available.


Clean Up

Properly cleaned glassware and plasticware allows for confidence in future analyses using the same methodology.




Glassware, Labware, & Benchtop Equipment for

The Chromatography Workf low SP chromatography labware, glassware and life science benchtop equipment are developed with the scientist in mind, helping to find a more efficient solution for individual workflows. The comprehensive and cross-discipline tools available are outlined on the following pages.

Preparation Mobile phase must be mixed and stored properly. Our products offer novel solutions to keep your mobile phase mixed and contained.

Running the Column

Fraction Collection

When setting up your SP Wilmad-LabGlass chromatography columns, tools are needed to ensure your mobile phase is added gently to the column for the tightest sample band.

SP Bel-Art labware carries various rack sizes for any scale of collection – from microcentrifuge tube to beaker.



Clean Up

SP Wilmad-LabGlass has chambers and reagent atomizers that you need to visualize your eluent.

Using the most advanced proven technology in evaporation science, SP Genevac evaporators are designed for solvent removal for the concentration of samples.

Test tubes can be disposed of after use, but can also easily be washed using SP Bel-Art test tube baskets or SP Hotpack glassware washers.

Running the Column


Fraction Collection

HPLC Reservoir Secondary Containers

Chromatography Column Holder

Polypropylene Graduated Griffin Low Form Beakers

Stainless Steel Micro Spoon and Spatula Weighing Set

Lattice Support Stand

Polypropylene Conical Tube Holder; For 15ml and 50ml Tubes

Pickup Adapter w/Valve

Economy Support Stand

Microcentrifuge Tube Ice Rack/Tray

MP Cap 3-Hole Economy

Heavy Duty Support Stand

Polypropylene Wire Rack I.D. Tags

Red GL45 Cap w/PTFE Liner

Polypropylene Compact Support Stand

Write-On Label Tape Multi-Pack

MP Cap 3-Hole GL45

Stainless Steel Bosshead

Poxygrid Test Tube Racks

Glass Frit

Spring Action 9 in. Burette Clamp Clear View Polycarbonate Fume Hoods

Indexed Test Tube Racks

Fabricated Polypropylene Fume Hood

Reversible PCR and Microcentrifuge Tube Racks

Flash Chromatography Reservoir

Microcentrifuge Tube Racks

Flow Controller

Low Form Beaker

MP Cap Filter/Degassing

Polypropylene Drum and Carboy Funnels Polypropylene Micro Funnels Polypropylene Standard Stem Funnels Poxygrid Pasteur Pipette Can Rack Roto-Flo Polystyrene Flow Indicators Clear Polycarbonate Flow Indicator Vikem Vinyl Pipette Filler Flash Chromatography Column w/PTFE Plug Straight Chromatography Columns w/PTFE Plug Straight Chromatography Columns w/PTFE Plug & Fritted Disc Straight Chromatography Columns w/PTFE Plug & Fritted Disc

No-Wire Test Tube Grip Racks



Clean Up

Complete TLC Developing Tanks

EZ-2 4.0 Benchtop Evaporator

Polyethylene Safety Waste 20 Liter (5 Gallon) Jug

TLC Developing Tanks w/Screw Cap

HT Series 3i High Throughput Evaporator

GHS Labeled Right-to-Know Safety Vented Wash Bottles

TLC Sprayers

Round Bottom Flasks 1N

Polypropylene Wash Bottle Carrier

Clear Mini-Vials w/Screw Cap

Polyethylene Two Bottle Carrier

Standard RotoVap Evaporator Advanced RotoVap Evaporator

Polypropylene Test Tube Baskets & Lids Vakuwash Cuvette Washer Polypropylene Spill Containment Tray Glassware Washers

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