Diterpenoic acids analysis using a coupled TLC-surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy system

A. Orinak, I. Talian, E.V. Efremov, F. Ariese, R. Oriaakova

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Hyphenation of thin layer chromatography (TLC) with surface-based spectral methods requires a homogeneous surface for direct and quantitative analysis on the chromatographic plate after separation. Since most chromatographic materials do not produce strong background signals in Raman spectroscopy (RS) or surface-enhanced RS (SERS), we tested the suitability of two different chromatographic substrates and one interface for coupling SERS with TLC. This was carried out by using a chromatographic thin layer, specially produced for RS measurements, and a monolithic silica thin layer. A typical TLC plate with a modified aluminium backplate foil on one side was used as an interface. Three biologically active diterpenes, namely gibberellic acid (GA), abietic acid (AA) and kaurenoic acid (KA), were used as test analytes. Stock solutions were applied directly onto the surface, followed by the addition of silver colloid and measurements were taken by SERS. The strongest signal (excitation at 514.5 nm) was obtained for GA using a Raman treated thin layer where the enhancement factor value was determined to be 10
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-319
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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