Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and l-cysteine (l-cys), in order, as first and second layer were coated on the surface of a commercial thin-layer chromatography (TLC) plate. This assemble has been used as a new substrate for direct resolution of propranolol enantiomers based on the ordinary TLC technique. The effect of concentrations of the involved chemicals, time periods of the required processes, pH of the sample solutions, as well as the effects of different coating protocols on the resolution of the enantiomers, were investigated in order to find the optimized separation conditions. The results showed that 10.0 mM copper(II) acetate, in 70% ethanol-water adjusted at pH = 6.3, was suitable for being used as the mobile phase. The AuNPs with the average size of 15 nm and l-cys solution with a concentration of 10.0 mM and pH = 8.1 had been chosen for impregnating TLC plates.
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