, Volume 71, Issue 7–8, pp 685–694 | Cite as

Structure and Substituent Effects on Retention and Chiral Resolution of Ketones and Alcohols on Microcrystalline Cellulose Triacetate Plates

  • Luciano Lepri
  • Alessandra Cincinelli
  • Leonardo Checchini
  • Massimo Del Bubba


This paper reports a number of original thin layer chromatography enantioseparations of closely related ketones and alcohols such as tetralones, indanones, and benzhydrols carried out by elution with aqueous-alcoholic mixtures at different ratios. In order to investigate the structural and substituent effects on chiral recognition of microcrystalline cellulose triacetate, the results were compared with those obtained in previous papers for analogous compounds in similar experimental conditions. Even though the inclusion model of retention of analytes on this chiral stationary phase is confirmed, different and unexpected results were obtained for compounds having very favourable characteristics for resolution.


Thin layer chromatography Chiral separations Mechanism of chiral recognition Microcrystalline cellulose triacetate Racemic ketones and alcohols 



The authors are grateful to Mrs. Susan Mary Cadby, who revised the language of the manuscript. The authors also wish to thank Mr. Pierluigi Cresci for his technical support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luciano Lepri
    • 1
  • Alessandra Cincinelli
    • 1
  • Leonardo Checchini
    • 1
  • Massimo Del Bubba
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of FlorenceSesto FiorentinoItaly

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